Kite looks back on windy final round at Pebble


The 2015 U.S. Open champion was unable to recapture the magic this week, finishing 1-over par, but he liked what he saw from new the U.S. Open venue, Erin Hills.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Brooks Koepka had a birdie putt on every hole and made three of them to build a one-shot lead after nine holes Sunday in the U.S. Open.

Harman also dropped a big 29-foot putt for a birdie at the third but it was his only one on the front nine.

Rickie Fowler's hopes of ending his wait for a major faded with an error-strewn performance, a level-par 72 leaving him six shots adrift.

Left defenceless by rain soften greens and calm conditions the U.S. Open, long regarded as the toughest test, was made to look easy through the opening three rounds as golfers attacked the pins with bravado in smashing scoring records. He became the first player to reach 13 under at the U.S. Open in the second round, but double-bogeyed 18 to close at 11 under and with a six-shot lead.

Tommy Fleetwood, who was hoping to follow in the footsteps of 1970 victor Tony Jacklin and 2013 champion Justin Rose, held a share of second place on 11 under par alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

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Despite winds gusting up to 25mph which forced tournament officials to change the pin position on the par-three 13th, Spieth showed what was still possible with a closing 69.

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.

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Li, 21, turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open last year on the European Tour, securing a 2-year membership and qualifying for the Rio Olympics. The leader Harman has been smart and steady, and knows how to get the job done; he held off Dustin to win the Wells Fargo in North Carolina a couple of months ago, raking home a long putt on the last. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey. And he kept right on going early in the third round, rolling in a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fourth hole to reach 11-under par.

"I'm just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament".

Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under.

Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212. "I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said.

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said. "I mean, this is light and variable compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds".

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.

Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day - William McGirt and Jordan Spieth.

Where things started to slip was when he made the first two bogeys on the back nine for the entire week.