US Open 2017: Tommy Fleetwood backed to win at Erin Hills

US Open round three leaderboard, Erin Hills
-12 B Harman (US); -11 J Thomas (US), B Koepka (US), T Fleetwood (Eng); -10 R Fowler (US); -9 K Si-woo (Kor)
Selected: -8 P Reed (US); -6 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -4 E Pepperell (Eng), S Garcia (Spa) C Champ* ((US), P Casey (Eng); -3 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -1 M Laird (Sco), A Johnston (Eng); +3 L Westwood (Eng); +4 J Spieth (US); +5 E Els (SA)
* denotes amateur

Tommy Fleetwood has been backed to win the US Open by coach Norman Marshall, who first taught him as a six-year-old.

England’s Fleetwood, who has never won a major, is one shot off the lead going into the final round on Sunday.

“Knowing Tommy as I know him and seeing what he has done in the past, every time he has got within a sniff of winning a big tournament, he’s gone for it 100%,” said Marshall.

“There’s no backing down in Tommy and that’s what the exciting thing is.”

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Southport’s Fleetwood, 26, won the Abu Dhabi Championship to claim his second European Tour title earlier this year.

“Give him a chance on that back nine and I know he will go for it,” added Marshall, who was speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.

“I think he is going to do it. There is something different about him. Winners are cut from a different cloth and he is.”

Marshall said he became aware very soon of how talented Fleetwood was after measuring him in some of the drills he used.

“We had a vinyl target which laid on the floor – it looked like an archery target – and me and the other golf pros were always competing against each other,” he said.

“It made a noise when a ball landed on it. We used to hit 25 balls – three metres by three metres the target was – and my best ever was 14 and when Tommy was eight he hit it with 21 out of 25 balls.

“It was at that point that I realised he was totally different.”

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