Some big moves were made in the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open, which took place Saturday, June 17 at Erin Hills Golf course in Erin, Wisconsin.
The biggest surprise so far happened before the third round even began. It was the first time the top three players in the world missed the cut in a U.S. Open. The ranking system has been in existence since 1986. Number one ranked Dustin Johnson; number two Rory MacIlroy; and number three Jason Day all failed to score low enough against par to make the top 59 for the weekend.
The course had experienced some rain the night before round three. That meant a softer and easier course for the U.S. Open. The players certainly took advantage of those conditions.
The third round began with four players tied for the lead at seven under par. Saturday is traditionally known as “moving day” in the PGA. The biggest move was made by Justin Thomas. He shot a record-tying 63 to move into a three-way tie for second at 11 under par.
Brian Harman was one of the four tied for the lead when round three began. He finished with a superb five under par 67 and was leading alone after round three. The top nine players are separated by only 5 strokes. It should be an exciting and competitive finish.
Harman has won two PGA tournaments in his career. This is his third U.S. Open and it is the first time he has even made the cut. Additionally, Harman is a left-handed golfer. If he holds on to win on Sunday, he will be the first lefty to ever win the U.S. Open.
The final round is set up to see a first-time major winner in 2017. None of the top players on the leader board has won a major tournament. The U.S. Open would be quite a title to claim for any of them.
The final round will be held Sunday, June 18, 2017. It promises a great finish to an outstanding tournament on Father’s Day.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Source: FOX Sports: Brooks Koepka in four-way tie for lead, Top 3 miss cut in U.S. Open second round