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.

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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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