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

Jason Day of Australia hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday

"Open tradition" with wide fairways and soft landing areas, referring to Erin Hills on Saturday as more of a "PGA Tour event course setup".

The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under par late in the third round but with numerous contenders still out on the course and threatening to catch him.

"The choke has been avenged", Harman said at the time.

This might have been more than anyone was expecting.

Englishman Paul Casey who had a share of the overnight lead, crashed down the leaderboard with a triple bogey to sit six off the pace with nine to play. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

Fleetwood's 4-under-par 68 Saturday left him one shot off the lead.

There have now been 31 rounds of 63 posted in a men's major championship. Jon Rahm. Justin Rose.

Last month, Harman stopped Dustin Johnson's three-tournament winning streak at the Wells Fargo Championship, pouring in a 28-foot birdie on the 72nd hole at Eagle Point after deciding to go for the green in two from 272 yards out on the par-5 finisher, then hitting a poor chip from the rough. He set the target early under warm sunshine, and even as the wind tapered in the afternoon, no one could catch him. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70.

Justin Thomas, clad in pink trousers that would make cotton candy jealous, shot a historic 9-under 63 during the third round of this week's U.S. Open at Erin Hills. None of the top 18 has won a major, making it very likely this will be the seventh straight major to crown a first-time victor.


"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. No other U.S. Open has had a cut lower than +3.

Despite his heroics at Erin Hills, Thomas did not actually finish the day on top of the leaderboard.

Fowler is paired with Si Woo Kim (9-under) who's snuck in under the radar with three consistent rounds.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. "You don't think you're going to shoot 7-under par at the U.S. Open". 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. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three. "He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area", Fowler said. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. So I could feel a little bit again, but I just wanted to calm myself and just try to relax over that putt".

Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open - for now.

Deepdale's Hagestad misses cut.

Fowler has the best chance, even though he lost so much ground over the final two hours. It dropped him two shots off the lead and, to add insult to injury, it will still count as a three-putt. We've heard about it plenty over the years, and Johnny is often lambasted for bringing it up one too many times while holding the mic in the lead analyst chair for NBC. When I get it going, I don't fear, like I used to. "There were a couple of loose swings out there, but when you shoot 65, you can take those".

Fowler pitched the ball to about 18 feet, then missed the next putt on his way to a bogey.

But Casey rebounded with five straight birdies at Nos.

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