Fitzpatrick tied with Zalatoris for US Open lead


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Matt Fitzpatrick received the 2013 US Novice title at Brookline

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick takes a share of the lead into the ultimate spherical of the US Open as he chases his first main title at Brookline Nation Membership.

Fitzpatrick shot a two-under 68 to maneuver to 4 beneath, stage with American Will Zalatoris, who carded a 67.

Defending champion Jon Rahm is a shot behind after he double bogeyed the 18th, with world primary Scottie Scheffler on two beneath after a wild 71.

Rory McIlroy battled to a 73 to take a seat simply three photographs behind on one beneath.

Saturday known as ‘transferring day’ within the majors however many of the motion was within the incorrect route as Brookline, the USGA and mom nature mixed to serve up a brutal check that even the very best on the planet struggled to cope with.

Solely seven gamers completed beneath par for the spherical on a day as a lot about temperament as expertise with bogeys unavoidable. It was all an excessive amount of for in a single day chief Collin Morikawa. The reigning Open champion signed for a ruinous seven-over spherical of 77 to fall out of rivalry at two over.

Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick each got here shut on the US PGA Championship final month, with Fitzpatrick additionally enjoying within the closing group at Southern Hills, whereas Zalatoris misplaced in a play-off to Justin Thomas.

They each now have one other probability to win their first main, however behind them they’ve the defending champion, the Masters champion and a four-time main winner determined for extra.

Fitzpatrick going for Brookline double

Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick received the 2013 US Novice title at Brookline and he can be hoping the proper storm of arriving at a well-recognized course, along with his recreation in good condition and on the again of going shut within the final main can tip the steadiness in his favour.

The 27-year-old actually dealt with the course higher than most on Saturday, with solely a closing bogey on 18 stopping him from taking a solo lead.

Zalatoris hoping it is third time fortunate

World quantity 14 Zalatoris is but to win on the PGA Tour however in his brief profession the 25-year-old has completed runner-up in two majors – together with that US PGA Championship play-off loss final month.

What was extra spectacular than the 4 birdies on his card was the actual fact Zalatoris solely made one bogey as he prevented the errors that ruined the rounds of so many others.

Taking part in barely forward of the faltering leaders, Zalatoris was within the lead when he stood on the 18th tee and duly carved a drive miles proper of the golf green, however rescued a par by getting up-and-down from a bunker to indicate the psychological toughness that outlined his spherical.

“That 67 appears like a 61 or 62 in my guide,” Zalatoris advised Sky Sports activities. “That is a few of the most strong golf I’ve performed ever.”

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