Rising winds set to provide fiendish test in U.S. Open final round


Gusting winds promised to add extra intrigue to the final day of the U.S. Open, with Erin Hills set to offer a much stiffer challenge.

A birdie-laden third round ended with Brian Harman topping the leaderboard on 12 under - the second-lowest score recorded in the event through 54 holes.

Justin Thomas, who completed a record-breaking nine-under round on Saturday, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood were all one off the pace, with Rickie Fowler also in double digits at 10 under.

However, scoring looked set to prove much tougher on Sunday as strong winds buffeted around the Wisconsin course.

The efforts of those out early provided a hint of what was likely to follow, with dropped shots commonplace and birdies much harder to come by.

Harman and Thomas, due to tee off at 2:54pm local time in the final group, were no doubt hoping the wind would ease by the time they headed to the first hole.