Fleetwood: 'Pictured winning the US Open a lot'

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"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. Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.

Scheffler birdied No. 18 for a 1-over 73 in the final round.

However, neither Thomas and Fowler aren't the leader heading into Sunday's final round. That's the lowest differential after 36 holes in the U.S. Open, mainly because until 2012, everyone within 10 shots of the lead made the cut at the U.S. Open. Rickie Fowler accomplished the feat in the first round, and Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie hit the number Thursday.

Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

Also starting strong was Justin Thomas with tap-in birdies on his opening two holes to reach 4 under.

Scheffler plays for the University of Texas, and Champ plays for Texas A&M.

"That's pretty neat to do it in the U.S. Open", said Koepka.

His third round featured six birdies and an eagle (par-five 18th) and two bogeys.

Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship. They are all seeking their first major championship and barring a miracle comeback by someone like Louis Oosthuizen or Sergio Garcia (who both fall under "The Field" at 25/1), we will have a first time major victor for the seventh consecutive major.

Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under.

Fleetwood had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green.

Satoshi Kodaira was tied for 35th place at 1-under 215 and Yusaku Miyazato shared 51st at 2-over 218.

The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open.

Reed shot a 7-under 65 in the third round of the U.S. Open, equaling the low total of the tournament.

The leaders are on the course at the U.S. Open.

Players again took full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout on Saturday, the course left defenceless by overnight rain and only a slight breeze.

For all his good work, the Englishman needed a flawless pitch shot to save his round.

Harman was on top at 12 under coming into the day. He was 5 shots back with a bus load of players between him and the top of the leaderboard, so he knew what he needed.

Three pars later, it was all over. The U.S. Open is supposed to be a nerve-jangling test of patience, with the average victor over the past half dozen years doing it at only 1.1 strokes over par on average.

The par-four third hole proved the toughest on day three, with a tricky pin position at the back of the green contributing to 20 bogeys, two double bogeys and just two birdies for a scoring average of 4.368. Results are not what will make this a great week at Erin Hills for the 50-year-old Stricker.

The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman. His only birdies came on the front nine, on Nos.

What would winning the U.S. Open do for him?

The flag commemorates the late Arnold Palmer's win at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.