Justin Thomas trails Harman by 1 after record day at US Open

When the cut came out on Friday, Erin Hills was shaping up as the Conspicuous by Their Absence Open. "So we're breaking down all kinds of barriers".

"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day".

As he did most of the week, he hit it great - and then settled for a score that wasn't good enough.

Justin's closest pursuers were Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman at 10-under, one shot behind Thomas. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. Thomas finished a round that included nine birdies and two bogeys with an 18-hole eagle.

Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and the first player at 9 under.

However, with the overnight rain improving scoring conditions, Reed overcame some testing pin positions to card four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, before firing four birdies in five holes from the 12th. The crowd at Erin Hills erupted once again when he dropped the eight-foot eagle putt that remained a few moments later. When his initial outfit lineup was released, Thomas had to make one thing very clear about his Sunday outfit, which he will be wearing as he attempts to win the trophy. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did".

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this". But on Sunday, the winds, which so far have been mild, are expected to be in a force, making the final round a real test of skill.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow".

"I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish".

"It's pretty frustrating when I got here Friday, put a lot of work in - not a lot, but I tried to pace myself", Day said.

The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler. PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele didn't make a bogey at Erin Hills until his 27th hole, had his hiccup with a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole but still managed a 73.

Johnson's exit came after world number two Rory McIlroy and world number three Jason Day also missed the cut after disappointing rounds.

After weeks of pouring his heart and soul into qualifying for the first U.S. Open played in Wisconsin, Madison's Steve Stricker was right where he wanted to be after the tournament's second round.

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