Record-breaking Thomas in Erin Hills mix


He tees off later on Sunday.

This isn't like most Opens. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".

Thomas exploited soggy fairways and soft greens on Saturday to shoot a dazzling nine-under-par 63, the lowest to-par score for 18 holes in US Open history. It led to an eagle to close out his 63.

Fowler and Reed will command plenty of attention, but do not discount Kim Si-woo, who sits between the American duo at nine under. It was great to continue the momentum I had from the NCAA Championships.

Justin Thomas took to the practice range at Erin Hills before Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open sporting fluorescent pink slacks. Thomas finished the third round of the prestigious tournament with a U.S. Open record 9-under-par 63, the lowest round vs. par in the tournament's 117-year history. And he wasn't through. "I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts and that's what happened on 15". It was shot at Oakmont when he won, but that was a par 70 course. And then Morgan came undone.

Then he perhaps hit his best shot of the round, leaving him an easy putt for bogey. None of the golfers seriously in the hunt have ever won a major. But it will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major.

"Did you hit it good?" asked Johnson. No one had a chance. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.

Fleetwood was tied with Harman on 12 under until a bogey on the last hole. This is the first U.S. Open where he made the cut. The course took an inch of rain overnight, making it about as menacing as a Golden Retriever puppy.

Two other times that Thomas was in trouble, he emerged with birdies. He chose another 3-wood, which he blistered with a high cut, the ball landing on the green before stopping eight feet past the flag.

"Taking nothing away from 9-under par - 9-under is incredible with U.S. Open pressure", Miller told

England's Eddie Pepperell, 26, had five birdies and two bogeys in his three-under-par 69 to get to four under and remain in with a chance.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.

Thomas opened his round with two birdies before dropping a shot on the fourth.

Harman narrowly missing a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish at 204. Thing is, despite all the numbers deep into the red, the scoring average is actually above par.

"But more important than that was just to get myself in contention to win the tournament".

A four-under-par 68 left him at 10 under heading into the final today, two behind the lead.

The U.S. Open has always been my favorite tournament.

"From the minute I teed off I felt comfortable in my swing, and the further I got into the round the better I felt". The tournament was never really in doubt after that, though the wind arrived and Kaymer couldn't maintain the pace.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. He shot 72 in the third round for an 8-under 202. His 65 was 10 shots better than the second-round score he posted Friday.