Brian Harman smiles on the 18th green during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Latest: Spieth stabilizes in final round at US Open

June 18, 2017 - 1:47 pm

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Jordan Spieth hit probably one of the best tee shots he has made all weekend at the U.S. Open.

With a gusty wind blowing across Erin Hills, Spieth's first shot at the par-3 13th hole landed about 5 feet from the flag. He putted for birdie to move to 2 under for the day and 2 over for the tournament.

The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead. Spieth has said that he feels that he is striking the ball well, but that he is trying to get more consistent on and around the greens.

Brian Harman has a one-shot advantage at 12 under atop a crowded leaderboard. He tees off later Sunday.


12:12 p.m.

Tom Kite knows a little something about difficult conditions for the final round of the U.S. Open.

Kite shot even-par 72 in gusty winds in 1992 at Pebble Beach, winning by two strokes over Jeff Sluman. The final-round average was 77.2, and 20 players shot in the 80s.

Kite says it looks as if the conditions at Erin Hills "are going to be a lot more challenging," but he doesn't think it will look like what happened 25 years ago. Kite says "I don't anticipate this being a bloodletting."

Brian Harman had the lead at 12 under coming into the day. Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for second, one shot back.


11:58 a.m.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.

The wind is gusting up to 25 mph with the forecast calling for it to go as high as 30 mph in the afternoon when the leaders tee off.

Later today, Brian Harman, who is at 12 under, will take a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood into the final round.

Rickie Fowler, who is two shots back, said after his round Saturday that he was hoping the wind would pick up to make the course tougher.

Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day — William McGirt and Jordan Spieth. Spieth made birdies on the first two holes, both of which are playing downwind.

Nobody in the top 16 on the leaderboard has won a major.

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