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Tommy Fleetwood sets the score for everyone to beat with sizzling 63 at US Open

Defending champion Brooks Koepka still holds the lead.

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Updated Jun 17th 2018, 9:55 PM

ENGLAND’S TOMMY FLEETWOOD stormed into contention for US Open victory with a sizzling 63 to set the clubhouse target at Shinnecock Hills.

Fleetwood started Sunday on nine-over par, six shots behind the overnight leaders, but took full advantage of the low-scoring conditions to place himself in the thick of the action.

Fleetwood started strongly with four birdies in his opening eight holes before his only bogey of the day came when he found trouble on the ninth.

That dropped shot was little more than a temporary blip, however, as he reeled off four unanswered birdies in a red-hot run from the 12th to the 15th before parring his way home for a score of two-over par overall.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka remains the leader on the course after scrambling to make a crucial bogey when in trouble on the 11th hole. Koepka is one-over for the tournament thru 11, one clear of Fleetwood, with world number one Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau a further shot back on three-over.

Masters champion Patrick Reed has seen his challenge falter following a sensational start which saw him shoot five-under for his first seven holes. Three bogeys in the space of four holes have left him on four-over par thru 12 and in need of a back-nine rally to challenge.

Here’s how the leaderboard looks at 9.55pm:

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Earlier at 7.55pm…

PATRICK REED LAUNCHED himself into contention for his second Major of the year with a brilliant birdie-birdie-birdie start on US Open Sunday.

But the Masters champion was held at arm’s length by the defending US Open champion, as Brooks Koepka teed off with a pair of early birdies to take control at the top of the leaderboard.

Koepka was one of four players who shared the overnight lead at Shinnecock Hills on three-over par alongside Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Daniel Berger.

He sent out an ominous warning to his rivals with a 20-foot birdie on the second, and then followed it up with a tap-in birdie after a superb approach at the third to move to one-over par.

Reed, who won his maiden Major at the Masters in April, started the day three shots off the pace but played his way into a share of the lead with birdies on each of his first three holes.

Of those who started further back in the field, the English pair of Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick made the most of the low-scoring conditions. Fleetwood (-5 for the day thru 13) and Fitzpatrick (-4 for the day thru 11) are currently three shots back on four-over par, with a chance to set a competitive clubhouse mark for the final groups.

Here’s how the leaderboard looks at 7.55pm:

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