Johnny Miller: Justin Thomas' 63 not as good as mine

Angie Massey
June 18, 2017

The unheralded Brian Harman will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, as Australia's Marc Leishman dropped down the leaderboard at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The Englishman had a chance for a piece of the third-round lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday as he lined up his third shot on the par-5 final hole - a 50-yard wedge from the bottom of the hill that led to the green.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a US Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year and he leads in Wisconsin by a stroke, with world number 13 Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood (both 68) sharing second place.

Thomas established an Open championship mark by shooting 9-under 63, which broke Johnny Miller's record for lowest score in relation to par. Vijay Singh was the last player to do so during the second round of the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.

Fowler said he knew low scores would be attainable but was impressed by the U.S. Open record-setting round of nine-under carded by Justin Thomas, his friend and room mate this week.

Miller, whose 8-under 63 came in the final round, and Jack Nicklaus (1980, Baltusrol) are the only players to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and win.

Another big mover was Patrick Reed, who looked like he might have posted the round of the tournament shooting a 7-under 65 early on Saturday, before Thomas' posted his insane good score later in the day.

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"It's a great round and nine under is awesome in U.S. Open pressure", he said.

Forget about par being a good score in the U.S. Open. And he missed an eminently makeable eagle putt after driving the green on the par-four 15th.

Two other times that Thomas was in trouble, he emerged with birdies. Eastern time from the opening tee. I want a U.S. Open where some poor person in the production truck is forced to hover his finger over the mute button all day, because players can't stop cussing about their misfortunes. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship up the road at Whistling Straits, had to birdie his last hole Thursday to break 80.

The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish.

Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenceless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.

Sure, he birdied four of his last six holes to salvage a 71 and finish at 5-over 149.

Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number. It was never that way in the U.S. Open.

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