Bunched leaderboard after three rounds of US Open

ERIN, Wis. — Patrick Reed was the early hero of the day, shooting a 7-under-par 65 to soar up the US Open leaderboard. But that lasted about 20 minutes.

Justin Thomas was the next hero, shooting a US Open-record 9-under 63 to grab the lead at 11 under. But his moment in the spotlight didn’t last long, either.


By the end of the third round, it was Brian Harman occupying the top of the leaderboard, shooting a 5-under 67 and entering Sunday’s final round at 12 under.

But his perch atop the field might not last long on Sunday. Three players are tied at 11 under — Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Tommy Fleetwood. Rickie Fowler is very much in contention at 10 under after shooting a 4-under 68. And overall, eight players remain within four shots of the lead, a deficit that is often insurmountable at most US Opens.

But not this weekend. Erin Hills, a first-time host, has played far easier than traditional US Open courses, allowing a 65 or better on all three days and allowing a breathtaking number of birdies and players under par (42 through three rounds).

Article source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2017/06/17/justin-thomas-enjoys-record-third-round-open/HiK4hlRu2iaUA8ki30TDOO/story.html

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