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A flawless tee-shot left him in the centre of the fairway and he then ripped his second some 300 yards to leave himself with an eight-foot putt to clinch the lowest to par score in the history of the US Open.

At a championship that usually leaves most of the field bloodied and battered, only the scoreboard is red this year.

The Savannah native, playing in his third U.S. Open, has the lead heading into Sunday's final round at Erin Hills.

The 24-year-old world number 13 produced a magnificent eagle three on the 600-yard 18th hole to crown a spellbinding display that was the lowest to par score in US Open history.

Justin Thomas overcame a rumbling stomach to take a bite out of US Open history on Saturday with a record-breaking 63. The diminutive Harman has been getting every last drop out of his game this week and will be the first to tell you he's played the game with a chip on his shoulder for a long time. "I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992". Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.

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.

Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year's U.S. Open. Kite says "I don't anticipate this being a bloodletting". I know one thing, if it happened tomorrow and the result is what I want it to be, then I'd probably have a little different feeling. In fact you have to look down to 17th place on the leaderboard before you find a major victor in South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion.

With the world's top three ranked players - No.1 Dustin Johnson, No.2 Rory McIlroy and No.3 Jason Day - all missing the cut, the leaderboard was shorn of star power. Louis Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia, who are tied for 17th at -4, are the major winners in the best position through the first three rounds.

Part of the perception problem is that Erin Hills plays to a par of 72 and has four par-5s that aid scoring.

The 25-year-old Matsuyama had four birdies in a six-hole stretch to get to 11 under, just two shots back of co-leaders Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.

Open has traditionally had a reputation as the toughest test in golf, but benign conditions have turned this week's championship into a birdie-fest, much to the lament of former champion Johnny Miller.

"No, not too many elbows", Fowler said.

Just about everything already has at Erin Hills. It has no water hazards, no out of bounds and no trees. It was sporadic storms earlier in the week that has softened the greens. But it will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major.

Fleetwood, who was hoping to become the third English victor since 1924 after Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013), began the day in a tie for second and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second. He plans to do the same on Sunday. He only shot 75, with just one birdie.

The world No. 2 got into a snarly Twitter exchange with 1995 PGA Championship victor - and sometimes rabble rouser - Steve Elkington.

Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers.

But it didn't end there. None of the top 16 players have won a major before, with Masters champion Sergio Garcia and 2010 Open victor Louis Oosthuizen both eight shots off the lead.

Elkington has been involved in a few controversies, usually involving his sense of humour and Twitter.

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