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Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round.

"What's next", in this case, is a Tour with no clear figure standing head and shoulders above everybody else.

"It's the US Open anything can happen". We've got a leaderboard jammed with players all hungry for their first major title. Not hard, that is, unless you're an older ex-athlete who can't appreciate the advancement. All of the top 16 have never won a major championship.

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.

Early players have been struggling as the winds have made virtually every shot more treacherous. On 18 he flirted with an albatross again. Not to mention that he hit a jaw dropping shot to break the record.

"Usually when you shoot even in a U.S. Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said.

But the long-hitting 26-year-old from Southport outside Liverpool is firing on all cylinders at links-styled Erin Hills and stands one shot from the lead as Sunday's final round began.

Conditions for the final round are expected to be the windiest they have been all week and leader Harman, who posted a five-under-par 67 on Saturday, believes he is well-equipped to deal with the increased wind.

Dustin Johnson was once considered a unique golf specimen with his combination of size and strength providing him raw ability few in golf had ever seen before. Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood were one shot back.

So, who's going to win the second major of the year?

The 18th hole at Erin Hills has a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open.

Compared to a lot of the up and comers, Rickie Fowler nearly seems like a Tour mainstay, having been around for a while now.

Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday.

Fowler was all over the broadcasts from Rio.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said. It's exactly how the course was designed. The ball landed on the front of the green just soft enough that it rolled out 8 feet by the hole.

Knowing this has made the players more aggressive as the week has gone on. Spieth has said that he feels that he is striking the ball well, but that he is trying to get more consistent on and around the greens. It changes a lot as you play through, and it makes it an exciting track.

Despite his heroics at Erin Hills, Thomas did not actually finish the day on top of the leaderboard.

Around a dozen or players are realistically in contention on a crowded leaderboard. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left. When Reed finished, he was in a tie for first at -8.

"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said. And my short game is pretty good. If anything, the problem is picking one or two from the abundance of talent on their hands right now, and this field coming into Sunday underlines that.


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