|-16 Smith (Australia), Rahm (Spa) -15 Van Rooyen (SA) -14 Finau (United States), Thomas (United States) -13 Hoge (United States), Hovland (Nor), Lowry (Ireland) -12 Conners (Can), Varner III (United States) -11 Burns (US), Koepka (US), Swafford (US), Tringale (US), Mitchell (US), ScHotele (US)|
|Others selected: -10 Westwood (English) -6 McIlroy (NI), Poulter (Eng)|
Australian Cameron Smith posted a record 11 under par 60 to join Spaniard Jon Rahm in the Northern Trust rankings.
The storm is expected to make landfall approximately 60 miles east of the Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey.
Smith missed a birdie putt on the 18th for a 59.
There have only been 12 sub-scores of 60 before on the PGA Tour – 11 59 and a 58, issued by American Jim Furyk in 2016. Annika Sorenstam of Sweden became the first woman in tour history. of the LPGA to get a 59 when they posted a 13-below average in 2001.
“I think I had nine cents back then and yeah I just wanted to go ahead and see what I could do,” said Smith who had 11 birdies in his lap.
“Obviously in a great location, and the last – those last four or five holes here are pretty tough so I knew it would be a big request. But yeah, I played really good golf when I got there.”
He added: “It’s hard to save a really good lap so maybe the day off will help.”
World number one Rahm shot a second straight 67, while South African’s 62 under-nine Erik van Rooyen placed him in third with 15 under – one shot behind the leaders.
Americans Justin Thomas and Tony Finau are tired under 14, while Irishman Shane Lowry is under 13.
England’s Lee Westwood sits under 10 with compatriot Paul Casey at six pennies alongside Irishman Rory McIlroy.