England’s Tommy Fleetwood has been putting beautifully at the U.S. Open and needs to extend his surprising roll at the championship one more day to change his life forever.
Bolstered by a delicate, bogey-saving chip shot at the 18th Green, Fleetwood posted a four-under-par 68 on Saturday to stand 11 under par, just one stroke back of American left-hander Brian Harman heading into Sunday’s final round at Erin Hills.
Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said.
“Well, it would change my life, I know that,” Fleetwood told reporters. “I’ve pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before.
“Doing it all night is not going to help and not make any difference. I just concentrate on each day.”
Fleetwood said he must stay in the zone he has enjoyed all week in the rolling Wisconsin countryside.
“I don’t think I could play any different or score any better than I have done,” said Fleetwood, who won his second European Tour title earlier this season at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
“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. It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major.”
Fleetwood, who tied for 27th in his only previous U.S. Open in 2015, has moved the ball smoothly through the long, links-style layout, illustrated by his average of just 1.54 putts per hole, tied for fifth-best in the tournament.
For all his good work, the Englishman needed a perfect pitch shot to save his round.
Fleetwood’s second shot on the par-five 18th finished just 47 yards from the pin. But his chip landed short of the green on a ridge, leaving him a nearly impossible putt to hold the green.
The putt ran past the hole and settled at the bottom of a collection area 70 feet away.
He floated a wedge shot to three feet to escape with his only bogey of the round.
“It was a good save,” Fleetwood said. “It was a good bogey.
“That was the best shot I hit all day.” (Reuters)