Justin Thomas breaks record, but Brian Harman leads at US Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 18:40
He's never done better than tied for 26th at any major and has never made the cut at the U.S. Open.
What we didn't know is that this Open would separate so many men from the tournament.
His 9-under 63 was one stroke better than Johnny Miller's round of 63, which was 8-under at Oakmont in 1973.
A dizzying day of action could be topped on Sunday with six players within three shots of the lead all eyeing their first major. "I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before". It was never that way in the U.S. Open. "I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet", he said.
He added: "I'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when I'm going to realize what I did".
"I still have a chance if I can score well (on the final day Sunday)". Tomorrow's going to be fun. "I did feel very comfortable with my swing, but that fifth shot on 18 was my best shot of the day".
And it is another milestone in a remarkable start to 2017 for Thomas.
"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said.
No. 18, 667 yards, par 5: 3-wood 330 yards.
"I'm motivated by the fact that I've made a plan and I've stuck to the plan so far", Harman said. The experience of building on an opening-round 59 will help, he said.
"That means I'm a part of history". "I had no idea about the relation to par, so that was definitely a big bonus". "It was a really good round of golf and I hardly missed a shot". "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up". Or that Johnson and McIlory went home Friday after missing the cut? Thomas has already won three tour events this season.
Kaymer got the good end of the draw when rain arrived at Pinehurst No. 2, and he opened with rounds of 65-65 to reach 10-under 130 and build a six-shot lead going into the weekend.
Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open - for now.
With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth missing the cut at the U.S. Open, the final two rounds of the major from Erin Hills looked like it would be a tiresome affair. "Whether it's 20 under or 20 over, they want a good tournament and an action-packed leader board".
With so many golfing stalwarts banished, Thomas stepped into the breach with a game as flashy as the pink trousers he wore. Thomas finished a round that included nine birdies and two bogeys with an 18-hole eagle.