Thomas' 63 sets record at US Open

Gladys Abbott
June 18, 2017

Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68.

Thomas, the 29th player to shoot a 63 in a major, finished the day on 11-under-par 205 to trail leader Brian Harman by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round. This is the first time in major championship history that the top-three ranked players have failed to make the cut.

It's also important to note that there hasn't been a playoff in the last eight U.S. Opens. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.

"It was a good display - all my own fault - but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said. "I'm not sure when it's going to sink in. I'm just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament". "Doing it all night is not going to help and not make any difference, let's just concentrate on each day as it comes", he said.

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

The 26-year-old needed to birdie the 18th to equal the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history, but missed from five feet.

And it is another milestone in a remarkable start to 2017 for Thomas.

When asked, Harman said that he plays with a proverbial chip on his shoulder. "But, obviously, I enjoyed going low. I'm glad I went through it and I'm glad I'm here". And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme. The two-time major champion is 3 under for his third round at the U.S. Open and has moved into the top 25 at Erin Hills.

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This is not the only time Harman has found success lately on the golf course.

Fleetwood, six years Casey's junior, continues to impress in only his second U.S. Open tournament.

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers. He rolled a long birdie putt off the sixth green and made bogey, and he dropped two more shots with three-putt bogeys.

It clearly was a good day for scoring at Erin Hills, which was softened by an overnight rain.

The 44 players who broke par in the opening round set a US Open record that had stood since there were 39 subpar rounds at Medinah in 1990.

He added: "It doesn't matter how good you hit it, if you struggle on the greens, there's nothing you can do".

American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin. It's still a U.S. Open. "We all play golf, and it's Father's Day weekend, so we thought it would be fun to get out here for a day", Lexi Jonas said.

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