Justin Thomas sets Open scoring record with 9-under 63

Lynette Rowe
June 18, 2017

No matter what that's something when you're always going to walk up the 18th green with your best mate.

Now the reigning Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion is two rounds shy of earning a whopping $2.1million first prize windfall.

"Hit a lot of good shots".

The other four 63's were all shot on par 71 courses. The world's fourth-ranked player birdied six of his first eight holes, shooting six-under 30 going out.

It's not the kind of leaderboard that makes someone cancel their weekend plans to stay home and watch the last two rounds of the U.S. Open.

Thomas is one shot behind the leader American Brian Harmon. 205: Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 67 70 68, Brooks Koepka (USA) 67 70 68, Justin Thomas (USA) 73 69 63. Fowler lost his lead with three straight bogeys on the back nine. He was 10 under, only two shots behind. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish". And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme.

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air.

CARRY MY BAG, PLEASE: Jimmy Johnson has now carried the bag for two players to shoot 63 in a major: Thomas on Saturday, and Steve Stricker at the 2011 PGA.

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"Obviously, the [eagle] finish was awesome".

"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old.

He might need one at this rate. The forecast calls for rain and stiffening winds over the weekend.

But Thomas is no stranger to records.

"It's not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man".

"Today I felt really good, played really well, and I have to wake up with the same feelings tomorrow if I'm going to have a chance".

Thomas, the 24-year-old from Kentucky who is a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. In the Sony Open, he became the seventh player to shoot a sub-60 round with a 59. He also could become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open. It took a hard turn to the right and rolled in. Then he picked up a birdie on 12 with a 9-footer.

From that near meltdown, he hit the next wedge to 3 feet and made the putt to save a 6. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

When asked why there is so little separation among the field, Holmes said: "It's so long". "We're in a good spot". Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard.

But the work is not done. He will now be focusing on trying to control his nerves as he heads into the business end of what has been a remarkable second major of 2017 thus far. He's never done better than tied for 26th at any major and has never made the cut at the U.S. Open.

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