That has never happened in the U.S. Open since Sony began keeping these stats, in 1988. The tournament received $1 million boosts in 2014 (from $8 million to $9 million) and 2015 ($10 million). Such is the nature of a leaderboard void of major championship trophies.
This observer is nervous that the Open again could be a birdie festival at Shinnecock Hills next year.
"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport with stamps from the most unlikely outposts in golf while playing the minor leagues on the European Tour - Kazakhstan and Kenya, Portugal and India and throughout Europe. Just kind of bring back not only the patriotism, but also bring back some of that Ryder Cup feelings. Nine players are within 4 shots of the lead - and we're wondering if they have what it takes to get the job done in one of the game's biggest tournaments.
His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.
With the US Open weather looking like it could have winds of up to 16 miles per hour and with gusts of around 25mph - scoring should be a little trickier in the final round.
On Friday, Li birdied two of his final three holes to make the cut with a shot to spare, even hitting the flagstick with his approach shot at his 17th hole, the par-4 eighth.
Brian Harman escapes from the thick rough.
Koepka had a one-stroke lead before he bogeyed No. 10 to drop back to 13 under.
Harman was hoping to become the fourth player in succession to convert a 54-hole lead into victory after Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker in the last two majors of 2016 and Sergio Garcia in April's Masters. He made two more birdies, including one on the par-3 seventh that put him at 12 under.
Scheffler plays for the University of Texas, and Champ plays for Texas A&M.
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.
Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes to drop back to 8 under.
Justin Thomas wore bright pink trousers and sent a thunderclap around Erin Hills today with a US Open record nine-under-par 63, leapfrogging into contention and leaving everyone, including Australia's Marc Leishman, on notice.
Earlier, Thomas mixed nine birdies and two bogeys during Saturday's third round before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-5 18th and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (nine under) in relation to par in US Open history. I'm not sure where the days of the 24- to 29-yard-wide fairways that we played every time went.
There was the ridiculous, side-winding, mind-bending birdie putt on the fifth hole.
Spieth missed the cut at The Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson before tying for second after shooting a 65 in the final round at the Colonial.
The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under par late in the third round but with numerous contenders still out on the course and threatening to catch him.
I spoke to him at length on June 4, the Sunday of the Memorial tournament, at Erin Hills. "I feel probably a lot more comfortable than I have probably in the past".
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Marc Leishman has surged up the leaderboard with a hot front nine during the third round of the US Open on Saturday. She thought for a second and replied, "16 birdies".