Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open


The 24-year-old's score is the lowest in relation to par in the history of the US Open, surpassing the eight-under 63 carded by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973. Erin Hills' 60-yard fairways, and receptive and perfectly smooth putting surfaces, along with nearly no wind, made the first-time U.S. Open track very conducive to scoring.

Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.

ERIN, Wis. - You can seemingly see for miles in all directions across the vast Erin Hills landscape, yet there isn't a major champion in sight.

Harman might be the surprise leader after three rounds at the U.S. Open, but there was nothing ordinary about his game.

This might have been more than anyone was expecting.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history.

Rose was also vulnerable at two over, a score that left him one shot outside the cut line with Friday's later starters still to tee off.

Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy. We've got a leaderboard jammed with players all hungry for their first major title.

Henrik Stenson. Alex Noren.

Erin Hills, which began construction in 2004 and opened in 2006, was awarded hosting honors for this year's competition in 2010. Make four, get out of there and post a great number. He set the target early under warm sunshine, and even as the wind tapered in the afternoon, no one could catch him.

Spieth shot a 4-under 76 in a third round that ended with a double bogey on the par-5 18th. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were tied for fourth at 6 under.

Fowler is staying in a house near the golf course this week with Mr. 63 Thomas and was asked if their will be any tension with both players looking for the first major. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors.

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number.

"It's not going to be an easy day, for sure", Fowler said. He advanced to Erin Hills after earning one of nine qualifying spots at the Memphis sectional tournament. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

The World No.14 ranked Casey went into day two sharing second but slumped under the weight of dropping five strokes in a four-hole run from his third hole, and included in that stretch was the triple on his fifth hole.

And he'll likely have to do it in a manner that most of the past winners of the big trophy rarely would have considered - by making birdies. Johnson won by one, though maybe Fleetwood's most memorable moment there, for better or worse, was the embarrassingly bad high-five he shared with his caddie after draining a long birdie putt to pull within one.

Hideki Matsuyama was part of a five-strong group a shot further back after a brilliant 65, the Japanese star racing to the turn in 30 and picking up another shot on the 13th before having to settle for five closing pars.

"I really like this golf course; it sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today", said Johnson, who shot 73 along with a first-round 75 to finish at 148.



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