Justin Thomas makes US Open history

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Elsewhere, American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third round with a sensational eagle at the last, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.

Thomas had 310 yards to the pin for his second shot to the 18th and hit a flawless three-wood onto the green to set up the eagle putt from seven feet which completed a record-breaking 63.

The final-hole struggle was in marked contrast to his second-round rally, when he became the first player from China to make the cut at a US Open, according to US Golf Association records.

For the first time this week the easiest hole was not a par five, with a forward tee turning the 15th into a reachable par four of 288 yards. What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots.

Johnny Miller owned the previous best round of eight-under 63 set en route to victory in the final round at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Reed was one of the biggest movers, powering up the board with a dazzling seven-under-par 65 that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey.

Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day - William McGirt and Jordan Spieth. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th. But it isn't a US Open course that I'm familiar with, the way it was set up. Casey's third round of 75 dropped him from a tie for the lead to joint 17th.

Reed sits three shots behind Thomas in the overall standings, posting an excellent round of 65 after a disappointing day on Friday. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par. He didn't win, either, closing with a 76 to finish at 2-under 278, two behind Lucas Glover.

He hit a bit of a rough patch in 2016, but he's since come through it. A mere hiccup. On Saturday, he got to 14 under, then on Sunday, he widened the gap versus par to 16 under.

"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year. The tournament was never really in doubt after that, though the wind arrived and Kaymer couldn't maintain the pace. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top.

Kaymer made it back to 10 under on the back nine Sunday, but a late bogey for a 69 meant he would finish at 9-under 271 for an eight-shot victory.

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