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Paul Casey rallies after triple bogey to seize US Open lead

“You could keep knocking it back and forth over that green”, said Fleetwood, “staring seven or eight in the face”.Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth.Miller shot his eight-under 63 in the final round en route to victory in the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont, and he will be more impressed if Thomas, or anyone else in contention, can put together a 63 on Sunday.”The finish was awesome”.”If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us”.But not long after he signed for his record score and an 11-under 205, he began to appreciate the significance of a 63 on this day. “But I can’t do that yet because I haven’t figured out the other part”. “It’s a Major, it means a lot to me”, Johnson said. “I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this”. “It sets up really well for me, especially if I’m driving it like I did today”. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills. It came after he chunked a chip, then putted his long birdie attempt off the green and down a steep slope behind the hole.”This week I’ve been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let’s go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt”.Bill Haas played bogey-free in his round of 68 and joined a group at 4-under 140 that included Harris English (69) and Marc Leishman (72).Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round. He was 10 under.”Even though it’s very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer”, McIlroy said.”I’ve been there a handful of times and had some good finishes but I’m looking forward to getting the job done”. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers.”Usually when you shoot even in the U.S. Open and you’re one off the lead, you’re not six down afterwards”. He birdied four of his last six holes – he missed two birdie putts of 10 feet and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh – to rally for a 71. That belongs to Brian Harman at 12-under, the leftie who’s been the most consistent competitor this weekend.Thomas’ 3-wood from 299 yards banked into the front of the green and trickled purposely towards the pin on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open. His birdie putts for no gimmies, at 12, 8, and 15 feet.Similar scoring had initially appeared a possibility at Erin Hills, which became the longest course in major championship history at 7,845 yards in the first round and featured such thick fescue grass that patches had to be chopped down on four holes on Tuesday. Hopefully I do. I’ll take it one step at a time.