Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

Only six players had ever reached 10-under par at any point in a U.S. Open in the 116 previous championships. "Yeah, yeah, I know".

Justin Thomas (-11): Thomas is a dude.

Oh, did Thomas go low.

Thomas poured that in to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship. The shots still must be hit, the putts made.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot.

Thomas revealed he had failed to pack a snack in his bag and that his groaning stomach had been affecting his concentration for the holes leading up to his eagle putt.

It was at the U.S. Open three years ago when Koepka tied for fourth that helped earn a PGA Tour card, and he powered his way from obscurity to his first PGA Tour victory in Phoenix, his first Ryder Cup team last fall and now a major championship. I mean seriously, Eagle Putts on Par 5's, come on man, that's just insane! "But I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday".

"Today I felt really good, played really well". The cut for the top 60 and ties was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. Heading into the final 18 holes, there are 16 players within six shots of the lead.

Has Brian Harman ever held a 54-hole lead in the tournament but lost it in excruciating fashion?

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On Friday, Li birdied two of his final three holes to make the cut, even hitting the flagstick with his approach shot at his 17th hole, the par-4 8th. He showed spunk after holding off Johnson at Wells Fargo, a victory that secured him a spot at Erin Hills.

Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman (-8): For me to consider these two favorites, they'd have to be a bit farther up the leaderboard. At 7 under are Bill Haas (69), Brendan Steele (69), Brandt Snedeker (70) and Xander Schauffele (70).

South Korea's Kim will lead the Asian quest for a major on Sunday after Hideki Matsuyama was unable to build on his second round 65. "It's pretty jam packed", Thomas said. "The guys who do a really good job of that today are going to have a chance to win".

The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round.

Erin Hills is built on a sprawling 652-acre property and the course can be stretched to almost 8,000 yards. Moments later, he began a run of five straight birdies that put him right where he wanted to be going into the weekend.

"Those things are bonuses, you know?"

Whoever emerged victorious would definitely have earned it given the conditions which were reminiscent of the final round of the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach.

"When you start off like that, you're whole system gets shaken up". He says he feels comfortable on the course, and now that he spent Saturday booking his place in history, he wants to follow a similar fate on Sunday.

"Fun, I know that", Thomas said, and he said this at a U.S. Open, an event which, he said nearly poetically, "is known for making you kind of hate yourself and hate golf". It just was trying to take advantage of the opportunities I had and when it was a tougher hole or tougher pin, just come take my medicine or make a par. Fowler smiled when he said it would be great to listen to Thomas recount his 63 when the two got back to the house.

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