Thomas makes US Open history with stunning 63 at Erin Hills

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Big-names to collapse on day three were former US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer.

The 24-year-old Thomas eagled the par-5 18th for just the fifth 63 in U.S. Open history. Thomas admitted that as he walked up the 18th fairway Saturday afternoon, he wasn't aware that he was on the verge of history.

It also put him squarely in the mix to capture his first major. "I know it's not going to be an easy day, but I'm looking forward to getting the job done". "But I think we're going to be able see a little more offense and take advantage of some of those scoring opportunities".

Thomas became the first man in 117 editions of America's national championship dating back to 1895 to shoot a round of nine under par - but that was still only good enough to be level with the gutsy Fleetwood at the end of play.

Thomas, however, is not alone in that pursuit.

Harman was hoping to become the fourth player in succession to convert a 54-hole lead into victory after Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker in the last two majors of 2016 and Sergio Garcia in April's Masters. He shot 68 and was only three back. Rickie Fowler is 10-under and Si Woo Kim is nine-under for the tournament. Fowler shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to remain in contention for his first major championship.

Brian Harman and Justin Thomas were the last players to tee off at Erin Hills. "I know I'm going to be nervous, I just need to harness that as best I can". "It could change in a heartbeat". He went from a tie for second at the beginning of the day to a tie for sixth. "But you can't do anything about that stuff".

"I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992. I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said. What dropped him under double digits were two bogeys that didn't really matter.

He then drilled a 300-yard second shot to around eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt to roars from the galleries.

The challenge today for the leaders will be dealing with the enormity of winning the US Open. At the driveable par four 15th he got a huge break when his only pulled drive all day missed the vicious fescue and landed on a walkway. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

"It just depends on the weather", Harman said.

And usga will push the narrative they are with low scores etc.but in reality they can't stand to watch guys club twirl 3woods to 5ft. There's just no telling how low. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. "That's a very real possibility". At that point, he was leading by seven shots. Asked if he had any say in what he wore, Reed said that his clothes are normally picked out for tournaments by his wife, his mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

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