Thomas rocketed into contention on Saturday, carding a nine-under 63, the best round at a U.S. Open in relation to par that also equalled the lowest numerical score in any major. Not only that, he gave Erin Hills a piece of his mind, basically stating that the course is a reason why Thomas' score wasn't as significant.
The U.S. Open has always been my favorite tournament. Subsequently, the leaderboard is crowded with low scores heading into the final round. I have no idea what tomorrow is going to be like but I'm confident that I am prepared for whatever happens, whether something bad happens or something good happens.
Unheralded American Brian Harman leads the field by one shot on 12 under, and will tee off in the final pairing alongside Justin Thomas at 2.54pm local time (1954 GMT/3.54am Malaysian time).
The American Ryder Cup star then bagged a trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to thrust himself into the fray at eight under, three back from Thomas.
"Usually when you shoot even in a U.S. Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said.
Speaking after a nervy ending to his round which ended with a vital bogey putt, Fleetwood added: "It was uncharted territory for me, leading a major but from the minute I teed off I felt comfortable in my swing".
Fleetwood, from Southport, had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green. In 2003, the U.S. Open's total prize was $6 million.
Keep in mind, Thomas was also battling it out on one of the most insane leaderboards you'll ever see.
Rickie Fowler, who is two shots back, said after his round Saturday that he was hoping the wind would pick up to make the course tougher.
When Brian Harman's dad dropped him off at football practice when he was a kid, the elder Harman told him not to be disappointed if he didn't get to play a lot. Now his friend Justin Thomas sits a shot off the lead after carding the lowest round to par in US Open history.
Winds gusting up to 25mph were making scoring conditions hard and had forced tournament officials to change the pin position on the par-three 13th before play began. He will now be focusing on trying to control his nerves as he heads into the business end of what has been a remarkable second major of 2017 thus far.
"I've got plenty of thoughts in my head". He enters the final round in a three-way tie for second place at 11-under par, along with Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka.
Harman had one bogey Saturday, at the par-4 third hole, to go with six birdies.