Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif. watches his approach
shot on hole No. 8 Saturday afternoon during the third
round of the U.S. open golf tournament at Erin Hills in
the town of Erin.
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slideshow of Day 3 of US Open Tournament
TOWN OF ERIN -- Rickie Fowler is right
where he wants to be after three rounds at the 117th
U.S. Open Championship on Saturday at Erin Hills.
The one some consider
is the best player to not win a major, however, is still
looking up at a few players. All he needs is a final
round like his roommate's third round and that tag of
the best without a major might be lifted.
Fowler shot a 4-under-par 68 and is in
fifth place at 10-under for the tournament. He is two
shots back of Brian Harman, who is 12-under for the
tournament after a 5-under third round.
After his round, Fowler said he will go
back to his rented house he shares with Justin Thomas to
talk about Thomas' record-setting 9-under 63 he posted
"Nine (under) is pretty good and I wasn't
exactly seeing that," Fowler said about Thomas' round.
"I'm looking forward to hearing more about that one when
I get back to the house because JT and I are staying
"That was cool to see. Definitely
inspiring in a way to see him have a good start and
motivating to get myself to get out and play well.
Seeing him get the eagle on the last was pretty cool. A
special round for him."
Fowler didn't go into specifics on what
the two were going to do Saturday night but other than
to, "have a good time."
"We are eating well. We will sit back and
relax," Fowler said. "No, not too many elbows. We are
separated by a floor, so he's upstairs and I'm
downstairs in the basement area. It shouldn't get too
Fowler was solid on the front-nine with
three birdies. He had a bogey on No. 8, but that was
sandwiched between birdies on No. 7 and No. 9. Fowler
needed an up-and-down just to bogey the par-3 13th, but
he felt that catapulted him to three straight birdies on
No. 14, 15 and 16.
"Yeah, it was a good day," Fowler said.
"I got out of position on a few holes, eight and 13, but
other than that, I thought we managed ourselves around
well. I felt I hit good shots and had a good feel of the
speed of the greens today.
"I knew going into the day with the rain
we had last night and seeing the course was going to
play similarly to what we had Thursday morning when we
went out," Fowler said about the back-nine. "If you
played well and executed, that birdies were out there."
The top of the leaderboard are all
players seeking their first major just like Fowler.
Harman, Thomas, along with Brooks Koepka and Tommy
Fleetwood -- who are also tied for second with Thomas at
11-under -- and Fowler in fifth, the top 16 players have
not won a major. Sergio Garica, the 2017 Masters champ,
and Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champ, are
the top players with a major championship at 4-under,
which is tied for 17th.
"It's going to be a really cool day for
someone tomorrow," Fowler said. "I'm looking forward to
my shot at it. It's not going to be an easy day, that's
for sure. I've been there a handful of times and have
had some good finishes.
"Looking at the leaderboard, there's a
lot of young guys, a lot of great players. So someone
will look at getting their first major tomorrow. I'll
take (9-under) and sit in the clubhouse and see where
that puts me."