Thomas sets record for best round in US Open history

And I pulled the four-iron on the par-three (sixth).

Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", Thomas said.

There is no obvious place to start with how ridiculous the 117th U.S. Open is playing out, so let's begin with Justin Thomas' 18th hole on Saturday.

Johnny Miller owned the previous best round of eight-under 63 set at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open. Kim is three shots back and one ahead of Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman. Or at your home course. Rickie Fowler is at 10 under.

It didn't work all that well. He then backed it up with a second-round 64 and holds the tour scoring records for 36, 54 and 72 holes.

On that occasion Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Ray Floyd shared the halfway lead, with Irwin going on to win the "Massacre at Winged Foot" on seven over par.

Among them all you won't find one victor of a major and only Fowler with star power.

Paul Casey is looking to recover from another triple bogey.

Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenceless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto. The setup is more like a tough tour event than a U.S. Open course.

The 24-year-old Louisville native is not new to success.

Despite a flurry of late birdies it was not enough to turnaround an erratic round littered with errors and missed opportunities.

Up to that point, Fleetwood pretty much couldn't find trouble if he tried.

"I obviously needed to nuke it", Thomas said of his 3-wood, which he later called his best of the round.

Brian Harman? Tommy Fleetwood? And he's giving the fans something to cheer. The only disappointment was a three-putt bogey from 35 feet on the final hole. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.

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.

Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to a 1-under 71 and make him the first to post at 7-under 137. He just has to listen to the crowd.

Matsuyama, who had struggled in the opening round with a two-over-par 74, produced an electrifying second round seven-under-par 65 to thrust himself firmly into contention. 12 of those 15 golfers were within four shots of Justin's 11-under pace. The most impressive shot of his round was a insane sideways birdie putt from the fringe on the par-4 No. 5 hole. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup.

Thomas knows about tournaments and leaderboards.

Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open.

One shot back. Jamie Lovemark. He has birdied three of his last four holes. Champ tees off later Saturday. Then his game flattened out on the front nine, bogeying one and six.

Incredibly, Thomas' round contained two bogeys. That was the kind of day it was and the kind of Open it is, as scores are unprecedentedly low and everyone seems fearless. That's been the case all week at Erin Hills. "It sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today".

Of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a major, none went on to win. He had never made the cut at the U.S. Open before this weekend, and never finished tied for higher than 26th at ant major.

Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall.

Of the top 10 players in the world, only Masters champion Sergio Garcia (70) and Fowler broke par.

Jordan Spieth is not among them. They are all seeking their first major championship and barring a miracle comeback by someone like Louis Oosthuizen or Sergio Garcia (who both fall under "The Field" at 25/1), we will have a first time major victor for the seventh consecutive major.

But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday.

Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number.

  • Julie Sanders


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