Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Heading into the final 18 holes, there are 16 players within six shots of the lead.

The 30-year-old from Georgia had never gone past the second round in a US Open before this year, missing the cut on his two previous visits in 2012 and 2015.

And nothing could stop Koepka. One of those players was Ricky Fowler who made an incredible Putt on the 15th making a Birdie.

Brian Harman shot 5-under 67 to get to 12-under 204.

The leaders are on the course at the U.S. Open.

And now he gets to keep it for a year, with his name on it. The affable 24-year-old now has the chance to hit new heights.

Grass stains from forays into the rough and claustrophobia from narrow fairways have been replaced by grins and giggles, as a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event has taken over what is typically one of the most exhausting tests on the golf calendar. This is the first [U.S.] Open I've been exempt for.

Koepka had a one-stroke lead before he bogeyed No. 10 to drop back to 13 under. Koepka simply couldn't miss.

Koepka, whose caddie Ricky Elliott is from Portrush in Northern Ireland, becomes the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship.

Fleetwood picked up a victory in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour while Rickie Fowler, who will start two behind the pacesetter, is widely regarded as the current best golfer not to have won a major. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly".

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"We're going to have a good time", Fowler said. "Now he's done it in a major".

ERIN, Wis. - You can seemingly see for miles in all directions across the vast Erin Hills landscape, yet there isn't a major champion in sight.

The race for low amateur at the U.S. Open is down to Cameron Champ's last two holes. But the low scoring went much deeper than that. His 7-under par tied the record to par for the first round of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who each shot 7-under 63 at Baltusrol in 1980.

This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there.

England's Eddie Pepperell, 26, had five birdies and two bogeys in his three-under-par 69 to get to four under and remain in with a chance. He competed in one of the most memorable U.S. Opens in history, the 1962 affair at Oakmont.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", said Fowler, who has come agonizingly close to notching his first major title finishing in the top five of all four majors in 2014 including a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. Not only that, he gave Erin Hills a piece of his mind, basically stating that the course is a reason why Thomas' score wasn't as significant.

Jordan Spieth's little sister was asking more than he could deliver at Erin Hills.

The golf course stretches more than 8,000 yards from start to finish.

But birdies will be harder to come by on Sunday with winds gusting from 25-30 miles per hour (40-48 kph), bending flag sticks and moving balls over hardening greens. He missed the second green with a sand wedge, and he missed a short par putt on No. 4 after he thought he almost chipped in, only for the wind to blow the ball back some 4 feet.

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