Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round. But he's not afraid of success.
Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday. He has, after all, won three of them already this year. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par.
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot.
"That means I'm a part of history, "Thomas said, per the Associated Press (h/t PGATour.com)".
"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", Jamie Lovemark said.
A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. "Those things are a bonus".
Powerful winds buffeted the US Open on Sunday as the final round got under way with a cluster of inexperienced contenders aiming to break their major duck.
Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship. It's becoming a Seinfeld "Bizarro" world.
In the 116 previous U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or better, never in the same tournament.
Fifteen of the 18 holes had been cut within seven yards of the edge of the green and despite the 68-man field being separated by eight shots, only former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had been able to move into the top 15 after nearly four hours' play.
Major championship winners have become an endangered species.
The 20-year-old Scheffler birdied No. 18 to finish off a 1-over 73.
The common denominator among them?
Miller, who was on-site at Erin Hills on Saturday for a sponsor outing, said that he wasn't surprised that it took so long for his tournament record to be broken.
Jordan Spieth hit probably one of the best tee shots he has made all weekend at the U.S. Open.
"When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, there are going to be some good scores", Thomas said.
"It seems to be working pretty well".
He added: "I'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when I'm going to realize what I did".
Spieth played well Sunday, and therefore he score well.
Amazingly it could have been even better if not for bogeys on the fourth and 10th, as well as a missed eagle putt from six feet on the 15th after he had driven the green on the 288-yard par four.
"I really wasn't pleased with kind of how I finished, so I went out and had to touch all the bases after I played, worked with my coach, " Reed said. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.
The traditional moving day lived up to its reputation with a number of players exploiting benign conditions to tear into the forgiving par-72 layout.