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Tricky conditions as players begin third round of US Open

Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenseless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto. I'm proud of the way I hung in there today.

Tied at 11-under with Thomas are Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood, who both shot rounds of four-under par (68). "I'd love to have another one of those".

The 30-year-old from Georgia had never gone past the second round in a US Open before this year, missing the cut on his two previous visits in 2012 and 2015.

"I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. That's why I play to get myself in this position".

And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under-par 63.

Nobody in the top 16 on the leaderboard has won a major.

The world No.13 mixed nine birdies and two bogeys during Saturday's third round at Erin Hills, Wisconsin before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-5 18th and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (nine under) in relation to par in US Open history.

Oosthuizen ran off four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 4-under par, leaving him only three shots behind.

But birdies will be harder to come by on Sunday with winds gusting from 25-30 miles per hour (40-48 kph), bending flag sticks and moving balls over hardening greens.

"I hope the moment will come as soon as possible". What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots.

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He added: "I'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when I'm going to realize what I did".

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

"I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes but I'm looking forward to getting the job done". It's not going to be an easy day, for sure. "Struck it well, had a couple putts that could have gone that didn't, but had a bunch of looks, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here".

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish". Rickie Fowler is 10-under and Si Woo Kim is nine-under for the tournament.

Seven other players were on six under, including Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who picked up an early birdie after his seven-under-par 65 on Friday. And then he made a 27 footer on 17 before eagling the history-making 18 hole.

Action concludes on Sunday evening, with another first-time major victor likely to be crowned.

Cameron Champ was the lowest amateur heading into the final round, but he finished with a 4-over 76 to drop back to even par for the tournament.

The 21-year-old Kim is charging up the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Wind was supposed to be one of the main defenses at Erin Hills, which is the longest U.S. Open course in history but also has the widest fairways the tournament has seen.

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