ERIN, WISCONSIN – Rickie Fowler had a plan for Saturday night.
Listen to his housemate Justin Thomas talk about his U.S. Open-record 63 he shot in the third round Saturday at Erin Hills.
“(Nine-under par) is pretty darn good,” Fowler said. “I wasn’t exactly seeing that but I’m looking forward to hearing about it. … That was cool to see.”
While Thomas and third-round leader Brian Harman dominated the Saturday stage, Fowler shot 68 in the third round and will start the final round just two strokes off the lead as he chases his first major-championship victory.
Fowler put himself back into contention with three consecutive birdies on the back nine on a day when scoring was uncommonly low due to light winds and greens softened by overnight rain. Like others, Fowler found himself in trouble when he missed Erin Hills’ wide fairways. Otherwise, it was a relatively stress-free Saturday.
Sunday will be different and not just because the wind is expected to pick up with gusts of more than 20 mph.
“It’s going to be a really cool day for someone,” Fowler said. “I’m looking forward to my shot at it. It’s not going to be an easy day for sure.
“I’ve been there a handful of times and had some good finishes but I’m looking forward to getting the job done.”