Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.

Cameron Champ was the lowest amateur heading into the final round, but he finished with a 4-over 76 to drop back to even par for the tournament.

Englishman Fleetwood looked set to be in the final group until he made a clumsy bogey at 18 on Saturday.

Since shooting a sublime 65 on day one to lead the tournament, Fowler's progress has been less spectacular, but he remains firmly in contention at 10 under par.

Rickie Fowler carded 68 to take his total to 10-under 206. For example, if Justin Thomas, Bruce Koepka and Fleetwood remain in their three-way deadlock for the runners-up spot, their pool of money will be $2.67 million. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".

Champ and Scottie Scheffler are tied at 1 under. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.

Scheffler plays for the University of Texas, and Champ plays for Texas A&M.

Brian Harman holds the lead after the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open after shooting a 67 on Saturday that brought his 54-hole score to 12-under par.

Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes to drop back to 8 under.

World number one Dustin Johnson, second-ranked Rory McIlroy and Australian world number three Jason Day all missed the cut.

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Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.

In addition to being the first to register nine-under score, Thomas also became just the fifth man in the history of the US Open to score 63.

Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under.

Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68.

Rickie Fowler is 1 under through four holes and tied for third with Tommy Fleetwood at 11 under. Harman missed the cut in his previous two U.S. Opens.

The US Open announced in February that its wallet had bulged to an eye-popping $12 million ($9.37 million), a new record for most money paid out to a field.

The top echelons of the leaderboard are dominated by a number of Americans, including four of the current top five, as the home golfers excel at Erin Hills. "But good shots will still prevail, if you hit them".

This belies a fundamental misunderstanding of what the USGA is doing at Erin Hills, where wide fairways are indeed a bit more forgiving than incredibly penal rough.

Spieth opened with a birdie on No. 1 and said to his caddie, "Fifteen more". He made two more birdies, including one on the par-3 seventh that put him at 12 under. Two down, 14 to go.

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