Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Jason Day had two triple bogeys and posted a 79, his worst score ever in the U.S. Open.

The three-putt that did in Dustin Johnson at this U.S. Open came at the 13th hole on Friday, not the 18th hole on Sunday.

Playing just his seventh tournament of the year due to a rib injury, McIlroy left himself a mountain to climb following a first round of 78 on Thursday, when a record 44 players broke par.

The 'board was so bunched, players could spend the entire day within a few shots of the lead and hardly get a whiff of screen time on the Fox telecast.

"Not your typical U.S. Open setup, but I'm a big fan", McIlroy said. "This went totally against the tradition of the U.S. Open".

Saturday, there were 18 rounds in the 60s at the par-72 Erin Hills.

But the third-round leader at the U.S. Open? Then there's a slew of other players at double-digits under par, including Tommy Fleetwood (11-under), Brooks Koepka (11-under) and Rickie Fowler (10-under).

Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance that featured nine birdies, two bogeys and was capped with a record-smashing eagle at the par-five 18th to complete the best single round in US Open history, in relation to par. First was this absurd putt on the 5th hole, where he lined up facing away from the hole and used the slope to sink a birdie. There no longer is a 10-shot rule that would allow anyone within 10 shots of the lead to make the cut. "If I have to wake up with the same feelings tomorrow, I'm going to have a chance". "I'm looking forward to my shot at it". I drove the ball well, my irons were good. "When I get it going, I don't fear it like I used to of stalling".

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

Two years ago, Lovemark tied for 18th at Chambers Bay in the Open debut for the Washington state course.

English says "They want par to be a good score, and this afternoon it will be".

It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major.

"The finish was awesome".

"I've made plan and I've stuck to the plan", he said.

He might need one at this rate. But as the sun rose over Erin Hills, and the forecast was for no rain, Mickelson withdrew. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us", Johnson said. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", Thomas said, according to Sporting News.

"I played very well today, and I felt very comfortable", Fleetwood said.

"I think that's a testament to how good the golf course is and how well it's set up", Harman said. "It's a tremendous honour to tie him [by shooting 63 in the U.S. Open]".

And with the tees moved up on the 15th hole to make it reachable, Thomas hit a 3-wood that rolled off the back slope of the green to 6 feet. Every time I've been in majors so far I've put so much emphasis on them and tried so hard at them that I kind of got in my way. "We're in a good spot".

"But I'll take exactly where I'm at".

But the work is not done.

Fowler agreed that the wide open leaderboard - none of the top 16 players have won a major - made it anyone's title to win.

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