Thomas burns up Erin Hills with record score

Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are sitting at seven-under, a shot ahead of Fowler, also of the United States, who had a one-over-par and is tied with compatriots J.B. Holmes and Jamie Lovemark.

With his 63, Thomas was just the latest player to make the most of unusually good scoring conditions at a U.S. Open site.

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number.

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

Fleetwood's second shot on the par-five 18th finished just 47 yards from the pin. 11, 12 and 13 as he missed makeable putts on each hole to fall off the pace before finishing with a 1-over 73.

He became the third defending U.S. Open champion to miss the cut in the last six years, and has now missed the weekend in the last three majors.

"The finish was awesome".

"After yesterday's round, I received a couple of tips from different people, and it seemed to work well", he said.

CARRY MY BAG, PLEASE: Jimmy Johnson has now carried the bag for two players to shoot 63 in a major: Thomas on Saturday, and Steve Stricker at the 2011 PGA.

"When I saw it was about seven feet away I knew maybe we had a chance of history". "But I'm just excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament".

"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf". With a blind shot to the green, he went long into deeper hay, and his first hack at it moved the ball only a few feet.

In the previous 116 U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or lower, never in the same tournament. On the 12th tee, they told him he might be penalized and he played the final seven holes not knowing how big his lead was. He was 10 under. But I'm looking forward to getting the job done.

Koepka, Fleetwood, first-round leader Rickie Fowler and Si Woo Kim all shot 68s to stay in contention.

One stroke back are a trio of Americans in J.B. Holmes, Jamie Lovemark and first-round leader Fowler.

Even with the course drying out, there simply was not enough wind to frighten anyone on their game.

Kentucky native Thomas became the youngest golfer to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, which came in the opening round of his Sony Open victory in Honolulu.

Fairmont native William McGirt made his third consecutive cut in a major championship after a solid two rounds at the U.S. Open on Thursday and Friday. Rocking a pair of hot pink slacks on Saturday, he made two bogies, nine birdies and an eagle in his record-breaking round.

Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth. "We're definitely in good position for tomorrow". "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today".

  • Zachary Reyes