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US Open a success for pair of Wisconsin golfers

19 June 2017

The 2009 British Open victor made his first appearance at the U.S. Open in three years, having secured a qualifying spot at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. Justin Thomas, the 24-year-old who shot 63 on Saturday for the best score against par (9 under) in the 117 U.S. Opens, and began one shot from the lead, wobbled from the get-go and shot 75 on Sunday.

For starters, the golf course played far easier than the USGA anticipated, and for a governing body that is often accused of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment at the U.S. Open, it had to be painful watching birdies rule the week - all the way to Koepka's 16-under par tying the lowest score in tournament history. I hit good iron shots early on and good drives so I never really felt it was a struggle and didn't miss many shots. For me, I'm going to be super nervous.

"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas.

It was only previous year at Oakmont that Andrew Landry, who had to make it through two stages of qualifying to get into his first U.S. Open, shared the 36-hole lead with Dustin Johnson.

Brooks Koepka made three birdies over his last seven holes for a 68 and joined Thomas one shot out of the lead.

"Well, it would change my life, I know that", Fleetwood told reporters.

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"I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes but I'm looking forward to getting the job done".

Six players start the final round within three shots of the lead, all eyeing their first major. Si Woo Kim, the 21-year-old Players Championship victor who began at a compelling three shots off the lead, shot 75 and finished at a commendable 6-under par.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book. He failed to get up-and-down from behind the 17th green, and then he three-putted from 40 feet on the final hole to finish at 8-under 272.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting.

Fleetwood bounced back in style with a superb approach to the ninth, a green labelled "a little iffy" by 2015 champion Jordan Spieth after his closing 69.

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. I mean seriously, Eagle Putts on Par 5's, come on man, that's just insane!

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He ended up with two birdies and no bogeys over his last five holes. "I would like to see another one here down the road, sure".

This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

However with strong winds ripping across the exposed, tree-less par-72 layout on Sunday, the odds on another low-scoring day lengthened.

Another eagle was available when Thomas drove the short, 288-yard par-4 15th hole.

Fleetwood picked up a victory in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour while Fowler is widely regarded right now as the best golfer never to have won a major.

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