Thursday, 29 June, 2017

Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa chips to the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way
Damon Campbell | 19 June, 2017, 05:17

"I had no idea that nine-under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card". He's nearly certainly out of it heading into the final round on Sunday.

Scheffler birdied No. 18 for a 1-over 73 in the final round.

The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood. He's one shot back of the lead shared by four golfers who tee off later Saturday.

Faced with the option of putting through the rough or pulling out a wedge and chipping off the eighth green, Rickie Fowler chose the latter.

Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth.

Not to be overlooked was Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship last month.

Champ and Scottie Scheffler are tied at 1 under. No two holes are the same, so the preparation for that has to be mind-boggling.

Wisconsin's other representative in the tournament, 23-year-old Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, also made the cut after matching Stricker with rounds of 73 and 72.

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

World number one Dustin Johnson led an unprecedented exodus of big guns at the 117th US Open on Friday as four players grabbed a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

Below Harman on 12 under, three players are exhausted on 11 under - Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Koepka tied for 13th in last year's Open at Oakmont.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here".

About all that save Erin Hills from another onslaught was a forecast for the strongest wind of the week. This went totally against the tradition of the US Open.

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Make it a six-way tie atop the U.S. Open leaderboard. Thomas rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green. 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.

Jason Day said he enjoyed the walk at Erin Hills the last two days.

He told the Golf Channel: "Taking nothing away from nine under par".

His comeback was completed with a victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, and now, he's one good round away from winning the U.S. Open.

As dominant as Woods was, he never reached 10-under par until the final round. Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind.

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.

If you're wondering if it's the golf course version of "too many cooks in the kitchen", it's not!

"Keep moving up the leaderboard and see how good you can get, I guess", said Stricker, who is eight shots behind the leaders. He tees off later Sunday.

The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend. He was 10 under, only two shots behind. There are five players in double digits at Erin Hills.

Brian Harman had the lead at 12 under coming into the day.

Second-ranked Rory McIlroy also looked sure to have the weekend free when the Northern Irishman added a 71 to his first-round 78 for a five-over total of 149.

The wind is gusting up to 25 miles per hour with the forecast calling for it to go as high as 30 miles per hour in the afternoon when the leaders tee off.

The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors.

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