England’s Tommy Fleetwood matched the lowest round in US Open history, storming to a seven-under-par 63 to take the clubhouse lead at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday.
Fleetwood’s two-over-par total put him one off the lead of defending champion Brooks Koepka after 11 holes of the latter’s round.
The 27-year-old from Southport, owner of four European Tour titles, started the day six off the pace but stormed up the leaderboard with a four birdies and one bogey on the front nine.
A burst of four successive birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 15 was halted when he missed the green at the par-four 16th. He parred 17 as his hopes of matching the lowest round in major championship history — the 62 shot by Branden Grace at the 2017 British Open — dwindled.
He had a birdie look at the 18th, but his nine-foot birdie putt didn’t drop.
Fleetwood, who finished fourth last year in his second US Open appearance, became the sixth golfer to shoot 63 in the US Open, a group that includes the final round 63 produced by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)