Spieth stabilizes in final round at US Open

His 16-under total for the week tied him for lowest 72-hole score in relation to par in U.S. Open history (Rory McIlroy, 2011). He also extends the streak of first-time major winners to seven.

Englishman Fleetwood shared the lead playing the par-five 18th, but made a complete mess of it and does well to salvage a bogey, falling back to 11 under par and into a tie for second with Americans Thomas and Koepka, with Fowler two behind leader Harman.

Thomas, decked out in fluorescent pink pants, produced a no less electric performance signing for nineunder 63 to equal the lowest numerical score in a major and the best ever in the 117 year-history of the US Open in relation to par.

Don't be alarmed to see a few names atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Open that are familiar only to hard-core golf fans.

Thomas, Koepka and Fleetwood are one stroke behind Harman entering the final 18 holes, while Fowler looms two strokes back.

But Miller hinted that his round was superior and hit out at the "soft" course set-up in Wisconsin, suggesting it felt more like a regular PGA Tour event than a typical US Open. When he posted, Matsuyama was just one back and threatening to win his first major after starting the day six behind. Brian Harman finished the day at 12 under, then surmised, "I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens".

There were early clues that the wind could level the playing field in some of the first groups to tee off on Sunday. Hideki Matsuyama closes in 6-under 66 to reach 12 under and T-2, as well. He got off to the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a tee shot just short of the green on the 338-yard second hold, leading to a simple up-and-down for another birdie.

Wind was supposed to be one of the main defenses at Erin Hills, which is the longest U.S. Open course in history but also has the widest fairways the tournament has seen.

Despite rallying back with two closing birdies, a bogey at the 18th sealed 30-year-old Harman's fate.

Only six players had ever reached 10-under par at any point in a U.S. Open in the 116 previous championships.

If Kim can climb the ladder and win, it will give the 21-year-old Korean the Players Championship and the national championship in the same year.

And why not? Fleetwood has been in fine and consistent form with every club in the bag all week - he has bogeyed just three holes and the third of those came at the 18 last night when a miraculous chip saw him concede just the one shot when a double looked on the cards.

Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman are tied for the U.S. Open lead heading to the last part of the final round.

For one, with good friends Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler in contention he planned on sticking around.

He is in strong form and was poised to win two FedEx Cup playoff events past year, losing to great finishes to Dustin Johnson (him again) and Rory McIlroy.

Champ and Scottie Scheffler are tied at 1 under.

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.

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