Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 at US Open

Fowler is paired with Si Woo Kim (9-under) who's snuck in under the radar with three consistent rounds.

Fleetwood also looked free of nerves until the final hole, where two clumsy shots around the green resulted in his first dropped shot of the day.

Joining Thomas in joint second place is countryman Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood (both 68).

The only good thing about his opening round of 77 was that it was the lowest of his group, with Tiger Woods shooting 80 and Rickie Fowler an 81 for a combined total of 28 over par.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday.

Day and McIlroy, just to name a few, might not make it that far.

The 24-year-old world number 13 produced a magnificent eagle three on the 600-yard 18th hole to crown a spellbinding display that was the lowest to par score in US Open history.

"I'll just rely on confidence", said Harman, who won his second PGA Tour event at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. "And it came out nicely".

"No one is complaining", he said. "I was excited to shoot 63".

"I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done", he said.

The left-hander shot 67 to reach 12-under and take a one-shot lead. He got down in three from there.

He clawed that back with a birdie on the 12th, draining a six-foot putt but was soon in trouble on the 13th, three-putting for bogey. But it's Harman, all 5-foot-7, 150 pounds of him, leading by one stroke entering Sunday's fourth and perhaps final round. On 8, he put his 154-yard approach shot to about 2 feet and made the putt.

US Open leader Brian Harman plays his second shot from the 17th fairway.

"PXG has really, really helped me a lot", Johnson said. Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind.

Justin actually recorded the lowest round under par in U.S. Open history.

With numerous world's top golfers out of the field, several non-household names and up-and-comers took advantage of softer conditions provided by overnight rain and an absence of wind. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills. They say he is a very good putter. "When you give us soft greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

No one took advantage like Fowler.

It's also important to note that there hasn't been a playoff in the last eight U.S. Opens. "It was a good bogey".

He had a chance to extend his lead to two but missed an 11-footer for birdie on 18.

"I'm more motivated by the fact that I've made a plan and I've stuck to the plan so far", Harman said. "Obviously I have no idea what tomorrow holds, but I'm more motivated by the way that I'm striking the ball". For most others, it was being careless off the tee and facing the rigorous test of recovering.

"And my short game is pretty good".

"I'm excited about the future".

Fleetwood picked up a victory in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour while Fowler is widely regarded right now as the best golfer never to have won a major. This was the goal going into the week to put ourselves in position to be in contention on Sunday. "I've done some changes to my putter, I've done some changes to my irons, my driver". But I did get a massive break on the 15th.

The 26-year old Reed was 125/1 to win the U.S. Open heading into Round 3 and while he has plenty of work to do sitting four shots back, the Superbook has improved his odds to 25/1. He shot 81 the next day in a blustery wind. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it". I competed in it twelve times and made the 60-man cut (and ties) for 36 holes eight times.

  • Julie Sanders