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Justin Thomas shoots first 9-under round in US Open history

Justin Thomas shoots first 9-under round in US Open history

"It was a great day", said Fowler, who is still gunning for his first major title.

World number nine Rickie Fowler, runner-up in the US Open in 2014, is two off the lead on 10 under. He said he has a plan in the works for Sunday. Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it.

That, my friends, will keep your ball supply stocked for quite some time. And my short game is pretty good.

"I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done", he said. The former Georgia Bulldog is a terrific player with wins in his career at the John Deere Classic and Wells Fargo Championship. If somebody does it tomorrow to win the U.S. Open by one, that's the specialness of my round. I'm not willing to step out on that limb yet.

Paul Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to a 1-under 71 and make him the first to post at 7-under 137. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

But Oostihuizen knows how quickly momentum can swing at a U.S. Open.

Of the top 10 players in the world, only Masters champion Sergio Garcia (70) and Fowler broke par. He stumbled a bit on Saturday but still managed to slap together a pair of 34s for a 68 overall. However, he's also never done at this level. Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for second, one shot back.

Harman and Thomas will tee off in the final pairing at 2:54 p.m.

But the record-setting performance has him on the verge of his first major championship if he is able to build off the momentum he established in Saturday's third round.

"That means I'm a part of history", Thomas told reporters.

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"I don't know other words, but it's satisfying for sure", Johnson said.

"That was what it felt like when I looked up at the numbers on the scoreboard", he confirmed.

Li turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open last year on the European Tour, securing a two-year membership and qualifying for the Rio Olympics. But the Ryder Cup helps.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here". Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top. He's a classic third round leader who fades. Dustin Johnson dusted him. Fleetwood's career earnings on the PGA Tour to date stand at $327,076, so any finish from 8th upwards would do the trick. "But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open".

Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said. "But to me, it's going to basically all be kind of the same".

Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day - William McGirt and Jordan Spieth. Kim is three shots back and one ahead of Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman.

His purple patch has instilled the belief he's ready to become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor, a run started by Jason Day at the 2015 US PGA Championship. And at the end of the day add them up and see how you do.

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.

Enjoy the festivities on Sunday.


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