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Hideki Matsuyama closes with 6-under 66 in US Open

19 June 2017

Emotion? The most he displayed was a light fist pump, his hand clenched a little tighter with each birdie, and a double fist pump on the 18th when he tapped in for par.

However, the world number 50 - featuring in his first major since 2015 - has played beautifully throughout the week, with accuracy off the tee a significant factor in his success. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. LeBron, though, would go on to win the next two National Basketball Association titles and add a third ring with Cleveland in 2016. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up". And Koepka was gracious when LeBron won his first titles the following two seasons.

The 47-year-old South African has played in just about every imaginable condition over a 23-year PGA Tour career.

Harman, who is playing his first major since missing the cut in all four in 2015, fired six birdies and one bogey in a 67 to claim pole position in his bid to become the first left-handed victor of the US Open.

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Harman closed with two birdies and three tough pars for a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead at 12-under 204.

Torrential rain that doused the 7 818-yard layout at Erin Hills overnight presented the field with a feast of birdie chances, transforming the leaderboard into a sea of red as dusk fell. Not only that, he gave Erin Hills a piece of his mind, basically stating that the course is a reason why Thomas' score wasn't as significant. His lone victory in America was the Houston Open in 2009, though not to be overlooked are his 14 victories around the world that include two victories in Abu Dhabi, one at the BMW PGA Championship, two at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the World Match Play Championship that included Tiger Woods.

It was only fitting that Koepka left Erin Hills with yet another record matched or broken.

"Obviously, I have no idea what tomorrow holds, but I'm more motivated by the way that I'm striking the ball".

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Whoever emerged victorious would definitely have earned it given the conditions which were reminiscent of the final round of the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for second, one shot back.

"I think that back nine you can really shoot a low one", he said. Ryder Cup hero and firebrand Patrick Reed shot 65 yesterday and stands just four back at 8 under, though Erin Hills has not been kind to guys who went so low; they usually fell back the next day.

The only Australian who made the cut, Marc Leishman, fought back from an early tumble down the leaderboard. He was only two behind when he made the turn, but bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes - and no birdies until No. 18 - ended his hopes.

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All of the top 16 have never won a major championship.