The 18th hole at Erin Hills Sunday, had a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open, commemorating the late Arnold Palmer's win at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top.
Thomas failed to make a birdie on the front nine.
World number nine Rickie Fowler, runner-up in the US Open in 2014, is two off the lead on 10 under. Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman are tied for second at 12 under, followed by Tommy Fleetwood another stroke back. "It's interesting to see where the USGA has gone with the U.S. Open, being a little more friendly than in years' past".
Only six players had ever reached 10-under par at any point in a U.S. Open in the 116 previous championships.
Below Harman on 12 under, three players are exhausted on 11 under - Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.
Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages. That same motivation remains as Harman now plays the rest of the season, his sixth on the tour, knowing in his heart that the week in Erin Hills wasn't an aberration, but the start of the next phase of his career.
This is the fifth consecutive major where Spieth has placed outside the top 10, including three finishes of 30th or worse (assuming his current place on the leaderboard holds).
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot.
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Harman also bogeyed No. 13 to drop back to 11 under. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up". The 25-year-old Japanese star had two of the best rounds of the tournament - he shot 65 on Friday - but a 2-over 74 in his opening round loomed large as the scores got lower and lower at a forgiving Erin Hills.
Fleetwood began the day in a tie for second and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second. He putted for birdie to move to 2 under for the day and 2 over for the tournament.
Tom Kite carded a closing 72 to win by two shots from Jeff Sluman, with 20 of the 66-man field shooting in the 80s to contribute to a scoring average of 77.2.
Today, the pins are a bit tougher, and the wind has picked up mightily; that's going to mean plenty of higher scores, along with a lengthy broadcast filled with players backing off their shots. "I haven't felt this good in years", he said Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in an update on his website.
Fowler gave himself a break: "You kind of have to say, 'Hey, it's a major, I played well this week'". His third round featured six birdies and an eagle (par-five 18th) and two bogeys. It was the first time all week he'd birdied the mammoth hole and came a day after a double bogey at the hole pushed him to four over for his third round.
Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.
Jordan Spieth's first attempt to get out of the bunker on the 18th hole Saturday ended badly.