Justin Thomas shoots 63 in US Open third round

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third-round with a sensational eagle at the last at the U.S. Open on Saturday, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.

Just hours after Justin Thomas broke his historic, legendary, infamous U.S. Open scoring record, Johnny Miller chose to assess the feat.

Earlier this week, the course-Erin Hills in Wisconsin-hosting the US Open, did, in fact, change a wee bit: the USGA, the governing body for golf in the US and which organises the "toughest test in golf", sent in mowing teams on the eve of the first round of the tournament to trim the fescue abutting a few fairways.

Robert Streb was the last golfer to shoot 63 at the majors during the 2016 US PGA Championship.

He had a chance to extend his lead to two but missed an 11-footer for birdie on 18.

After watching seemingly everyone else pass him by on the leaderboard, including his great friend Justin Thomas, Fowler birdied three straight holes on the back nine to get two shots back at 10 under. He shot 81 the next day in a blustery wind. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par. Spieth shot a 4-under 76 in a third round that ended with a double bogey on the par-5 18th.

This birdie putt on the Par 4, 504-yard 5th hole will go down as one of the greatest putts in U.S. Open history.

Harman might be the surprise leader after three rounds at the U.S. Open, but there was nothing ordinary about his game. Miller posted the first, an 8-under par round that delivered him the 1973 national championship at Oakmont.

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

FILE - In this June 15, 2003, file photo, Jim Furyk chips to the first hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at the Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.

The historic round also took Thomas, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, to 11-under for the championship and a two-shot lead over compatriot Brian Harman and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, still on the course. That shot hit halfway up and trickled back down the hill.

Thirty-two players had sub-par rounds on Saturday, the most ever for the third round.

Harman, who had begun the day in a four-way tie for the lead, carded a five-under-par 67 which included six birdies and one bogey.

Kaymer made it back to 10 under on the back nine Sunday, but a late bogey for a 69 meant he would finish at 9-under 271 for an eight-shot victory.

"Every time I've been in majors so far, my first two years, I've put so much emphasis on them and tried so hard at them that I kind of got in my way, " Reed said.

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