Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a US Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year and he leads in Wisconsin by a stroke, with world number 13 Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood (both 68) sharing second place.

Thomas shot a front nine score of 31, with six birdies and one bogey.

Thomas, decked out in fluorescent pink trousers, was on the move quickly with a birdie-birdie start and had an even hotter finish to his front nine, carding birdies on four-of-five closing holes, including the last three to move to seven-under.

Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are sitting at seven-under, a shot ahead of Fowler, also of the U.S., who had a one-over-par and is tied with compatriots J.B. Holmes and Jamie Lovemark.

"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said.

Not to be overlooked was Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship last month.

Thomas, the 29th player to shoot a 63 in a major, finished the day on 11-under-par 205 to trail leader Brian Harman by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round.

But Thomas' lead, which sat at two shots after he eagled 18, lasted only temporarily as Fleetwood and Harman each birdied Nos. "But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster". Making sure I just don't get ahead of myself.

NOTEWORTHY: None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major.

He hit a 3-wood from 310 yards on the par-5 18th to set up his eagle putt.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

That second-place finish earned him $1 million, moved him into the top 50 and secured his spot in both this year's Masters and U.S. Open. "That was the best shot I hit all day".

Johnny Miller shot 63 at the 1973 US Open but it was at the par-71 Oakmont, with this week's venue Erin Hills being a par-72. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole. "I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before. I would say you've got to be near the top", Koepka said. "I've shown what can happen with one bad swing".

The cut was at one-over par after Friday's round, allowing 68 golfers to make it to the weekend. The crowd at Erin Hills erupted once again when he dropped the eight-foot eagle putt that remained a few moments later.

Nick Rogness felt as nervous as anyone at the U.S. Open - not because of a golf club in his hand but the diamond ring in his pocket.

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