Thomas shoots 63; breaks US Open record

But only for a couple minutes. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"I don't know", Thomas said when asked what he'd say to Miller, "but I'll be pretty happy".

What a day for Justin Thomas.

Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

Only one man had ever shot a round of eight under par before, and that was Johnny Miller in the final round at Oakmont all the way back in 1973. Koepka birdied the 18th to move just one pace off the lead after hitting 12-of-14 fairways and 15-of-18 greens in regulation.

With a historic Saturday, he moved into the lead at 11 under, two shots ahead of Brendan Steele and Tommy Fleetwood. Sand wedge over the green.

It didn't work all that well.

Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention.

Fowler came back to birdie the par-3 ninth to get back to one shot back.

Paul Casey is looking to recover from another triple bogey. His round followed another big move from Patrick Reed on the back of a 65, and by the end of the day, almost a dozen players would shoot 68 or better to make a move up the leaderboard.

South Korea's Kim will lead the Asian quest for a major on Sunday after Hideki Matsuyama was unable to build on his second round 65.

The disappointed 21-year-old declined to be interviewed. He bogeyed 10 but then was at it again with birdies on 12, 15 and 17 and that eagle on 18.

Reed is tied with Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood for the lead at 8 under. There is also an element of social standing involved with several of the old-money clubs up East trading the U.S. Open among themselves on a regular basis. His best finish was a tie for 37th a year ago at Oakmont.

Make it a six-way tie atop the U.S. Open leaderboard.

Steve Stricker is soaking up the warmest ovations of the third round in his home state of Wisconsin.

He ended up with two birdies and no bogeys over his last five holes. The only disappointment was a three-putt bogey from 35 feet on the final hole. He also could become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open. He just has to listen to the crowd.

Indeed, based on his season coming to Erin Hills, Kisner probably ranked among a second tier of players (after the Johnson-McIlroy-Day favorites) who would've been expected to do well this week. He recovered from one on Friday but not this time, and the joint leader at halfway is now well back after a disappointing 75.

"I just pulled it, and it rode the wind out there". "It's the hardest tournament of the year, right?" He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup.

Thomas is 2 under on the day and for 4 under for the tournament. Harman, 30, actually won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur.

His first four holes went this way: double bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey.

Yet none of them went away complaining about Erin Hills, only about their inability to play to their potential. The leaders still had another two hours before they teed off. Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion at St. Andrews, was hopeful of at least giving them something to think about.

Low scores were available. And that suggests Erin Hills is too easy. Not everyone can take advantage.

Granted, par is 72 here, but Spieth's 4-over 76 was his worst score in a major tournament since he shot a second-round 77 in the 2014 PGA Championship.

And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under-par 63. No one ever has had a lower score in any major.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend.

Brian Harman is rolling. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round.

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

But Oostihuizen knows how quickly momentum can swing at a U.S. Open.

  • Julie Sanders