Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1

Isaac Cain
June 18, 2017

American Justin Thomas led a charge by early starters up the U.S. Open leaderboard on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third round lead. I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before. Brain Harman has a one-shot lead at 12 under.

Harman might be the surprise leader after three rounds at the U.S. Open, but there was nothing ordinary about his game. Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record when he made six straight birdies, from the 18th hole through the fifth hole.

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

"When he's gotten out of position, he's done a really good job of getting back in position", Harman's caddie, Scott Tway, said. His ball landed on the green and only rolled out about 10 feet.

Miller, who holds onto that 63 like Mercury Morris does the "72 Dolphins ideal record, always has an opinion, which he shared with Golf Channel after Thomas" round.

"The finish was awesome".

"I'm looking forward to hearing about that when I get back to the house since J.T. and I are staying together", said Fowler.

"I played a lot", Harman said.

Justin Thomas eagled 18 to get to 9-under 63, matching the major scoring record and breaking Johnny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

"I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it", Thomas continued.

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"Obviously, I enjoy going low".

And he still has a long way to go. Until this week, a total of five players reached -10 in US Open history - Morgan, Tiger, Furyk, Barnes, Rory. On the drivable par-4 15th, Fleetwood's aggressive tee shot finished left of the green in some of Erin Hills' now legendary fescue grass.

Fleetwood also looked free of nerves until the final hole, where two clumsy shots around the green resulted in his first dropped shot of the day.

Rickie Fowler, who got everything started on Thursday with a 65, seemed to be fading out of contention until he birdied three of his final five holes on Saturday to shoot a four-under 68.

Thomas' eagle also had him at the top of the leaderboard for almost three hours - until Harman's consistency (67-70-67) put him second in U.S. Open 54-hole score history, behind Rory McIlory's 14-under-par at the 2011 championship. "That was the best shot I hit all day". "He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area, so it shouldn't get too physical".

Despite the absence of golf's biggest stars in tomorrow's last round of the U.S. Open, it should be an exciting golf tournament. The geometric wonder of a birdie putt on No. 5 cured a peeved feeling - the ball inexplicably had stopped on the fringe beforehand - until he sent it sideways, perfectly reading a break that curved right toward a loopy happiness. On the 8th, I had a six foot birdie putt, jammed it going uphill, and had to make an six footer coming back for a bogy.

"It doesn't matter how long the course is". "When you give us soft greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

No one took advantage like Fowler.

But the work is not done. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

Then again, none of the top 16 on the leaderboard has ever won a major.

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