The final day of the U.S. Open at The Los Angeles Country Club kicked off with an impressive display of golf. As the leaders prepared to start their last round, Tommy Fleetwood delivered one of the most remarkable performances in the history of major championships.
The Englishman concluded his round with a sensational 63, becoming the first golfer to shoot 63 or lower twice in the U.S. Open. Fleetwood had previously achieved this feat during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. However, he wasn't the only player to excel on this Sunday.
Austin Eckroat started his round with a front-nine score of 29, matching the lowest nine-hole score ever recorded at the U.S. Open. He finished the day with a solid 65. Jon Rahm, the current FedExCup leader, also carded a 65 of his own.
Throughout the week, the course conditions fluctuated, with low scores dominating on Thursday while becoming more challenging on Friday and Saturday. The early surge of low scores on Sunday suggested that opportunities for a final-day charge were plentiful. The morning session, particularly on the front nine, proved to be the more favorable half of the course, playing around one and a half shots easier than the back nine throughout the week.
Tommy Fleetwood's round served as a blueprint for success. The 32-year-old recorded four birdies, two eagles, and a bogey to shoot his second 63 in a major championship. He began his round with a birdie on the second hole, hitting a remarkable approach shot to 10 feet and sinking the putt. A 13-foot par-saving putt on the fifth hole kept him under par before he secured just the third eagle of the week on the short par-4 sixth. Fleetwood's tee shot landed a mere 6 feet from the front-right hole location, and he confidently sank the putt. His exceptional ball-striking continued on the par-3 ninth and 11th, where he stuck his approach shots within 11 and 4 feet, respectively, and converted both birdie opportunities. Later, Fleetwood became the first player all week to eagle the par-5 14th, draining a 20-footer and reaching an impressive 8-under for his round.
Despite his outstanding performance, Fleetwood missed an opportunity for an even lower score. He bogeyed the 16th hole and failed to convert a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th, reminiscent of his historic round at Shinnecock when he also missed a short birdie putt on the final hole for a potential 62.
"It's a frustrating game when you leave the U.S. Open with two rounds of 63 and feel a bit disappointed," Fleetwood expressed his mixed emotions.
Fleetwood won't be the only one feeling disappointed at the end of the day, as the early low scores indicate that several players have a chance to make a late charge. It is highly likely that the eventual U.S. Open champion on Sunday night will have relied on a series of birdies to secure victory.
"It has been gettable overall," Fleetwood remarked. "Scores have been there, but we'll see. Finishing strong on a Sunday in a major is always challenging."
As the competition intensifies and the day progresses, the ultimate outcome of the U.S. Open remains uncertain. The stage is set for a thrilling conclusion, as the world's best golfers strive to etch their names into the tournament's storied history.