Throughout Saturday’s third round at Erin Hills, players took aim at reachable greens to set up eagle opportunities.
His round followed another big move from Patrick Reed on the back of a 65, and by the end of the day, nearly a dozen players would shoot 68 or better to make a move up the leaderboard.
Saturday’s 67 matches his score from the opening round, and throughout he’s been doing a great job of laying back with a below-field-average driving distance and relying on his accuracy firing into the greens.
Brooks Koepka (-11): If there’s a player to bet on coming down the stretch, it might be Koepka and his bogey-free 10-under aggregate score across three trips through the second nine.
Koepka birdied the 18th to move just one pace off the lead after hitting 12-of-14 fairways and 15-of-18 greens in regulation.
Though 54 holes, Fleetwood is top-10 in the field in fairways hit (86 percent) and greens in regulation (78 percent).
Fowler finished with six birdies and just two bogeys but hit only 8-of-14 fairways and 11-of-18 greens in regulation.
Patrick Reed (-8): Until Thomas posted his 63, Reed had one of the best rounds of the tournament with a 65 that included four birdies in five holes on the back nine.
Henley’s bogey-free round included hitting 16-of-18 greens in regulation and four birdies on the back nine.
Charley Hoffman (-8): Things started to get a little shaky for Hoffman during the final nine holes of the day (two birdies, three bogeys), making his otherwise impressive 68 seem like a struggle.