Tommy Fleetwood scores a pair of eagles and climbs the standings in the final round

Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood is the first player to make two eagles in the same round at the US Open since 1990. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Tommy Fleetwood’s run at the Los Angeles Country Club arrived a day late, but it was still incredibly impressive.

Fleetwood made two eagles in his final round at the US Open on Sunday afternoon, making him the first person to have a pair in a single round at the tournament since 1990. His second eagle of the day the rocketed into the top five on the leaderboard as well, although the final pairing of Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark has yet to begin.

Fleetwood, after a par 70 in his third round, entered Sunday at 2-over. That put him a full 12 strokes behind Fowler and Clark and nearly out of contention for the third major championship of the season.

But the 32-year-old Englishman played an almost perfect round of golf. He birdied the second hole and then deftly drove the blind green to the par-4 sixth. His tee shot landed safely about 6ft from the cup on the narrow green above the thick barranca and below a dangerous hill and bunker, and set it up with an easy eagle putt.

This eagle, which put Fleetwood under par for the tournament, was only the third on this hole of the tournament.

Fleetwood’s run didn’t end there. He birdied three more in his next five holes. Then, on the par-5 14th, Fleetwood managed to hit his second shot from the left to the green. This set up a 20-foot eagle putt, which he drained into the back of the cut to have the crowd roaring around him.

Although Fleetwood bogeyed the 16 after landing in the fairway bunker, he still finished with a 7 under 63 that day. It’s one of the best rounds anyone on the court has recorded all week, and just a shot away from the tournament record that Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele reached on Thursday. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th which would also have tied the record. Fleetwood finished at 5 under the week, which was good for fifth solo when he entered the clubhouse.

Fleetwood struggled to ride much of a race before Sunday in Los Angeles. He went 3-over in his first round, and went 1-under on Friday while carding six birdies and five bogeys.

Fleetwood is yet to win on the PGA Tour, although he came close last week at the RBC Canadian Open. Fleetwood lost in a four-hole playoff in Toronto to Nick Taylor, who became the first Canadian to win this tournament in nearly seven decades. Fleetwood has seven top-25 finishes this season, including a T5 at the Wells Fargo Championship and a T3 at the Valspar Championship in March. Fleetwood also came close to winning the US Open in 2018, although Brooks Keopka edged him out by a shot at Shinnecock Hills.

Although almost certainly too far to make an impact, Fleetwood’s charge on Sunday was a remarkable feat. It’s also going to net him a much, much larger paycheck by the end of the night.

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