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

LI Haotong made a small piece of history by surviving the halfway cut at the US Open, but closed out a frustrating third round with a quadruple-bogey at the par-5 18th on Saturday.

His score in relation to par - 9 under - was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under. He tees off later on Sunday.

Justin Thomas is one shot off the lead at the US Open after making history with his remarkable nine-under-par 63 third round.

This isn't like most Opens.

Harman might be the surprise leader after three rounds at the U.S. Open, but there was nothing ordinary about his game. And wise course management and cigarette-paper risk-reward differentials are still major factors: witness the forensic brilliance of Brian Harman, plotting his way round softly, quietly, cleverly, or Justin Thomas's ideal 3-wood on 18 yesterday, which set up that record-breaking 63, no margin for error, on a risky, aggressive line. It led to an eagle to close out his 63.

After his record-breaking efforts yesterday, Justin Thomas will be fancying his chances and so will fellow countrymen Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka while overnight leader Harman will be hoping to continue to go under the radar.

"I'm going to enjoy my time tonight with my little girl and my wife".

Justin Thomas wore bright pink trousers and sent a thunderclap around Erin Hills today with a US Open record nine-under-par 63, leapfrogging into contention and leaving everyone, including Australia's Marc Leishman, on notice.

The final-hole struggle was in marked contrast to his second-round rally, when he became the first player from China to make the cut at a U.S. Open, according to U.S. Golf Association records. And he wasn't through. Every time I've been in majors so far I've put so much emphasis on them and tried so hard at them that I kind of got in my way. And then comes Sunday. "That fifth shot on the 18th was the best shot all day". Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par.

"Bad shots make bogeys and 18 was a good example". No one had a chance. Tiger Woods did it in 2000 when he won by 15 strokes.

The Kentucky native became the youngest player to shoot 50 on the US PGA Tour during the first round of his Sony Open victory in January. I wouldn't have been able to do that without that rain last night.

Thomas' unprecedented round was all the more remarkable for the fact it featured two bogeys, at the fourth and 10th. The ball landed on the front of the green just soft enough that it rolled out 8 feet by the hole. "But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open". It promises a great finish to an outstanding tournament on Father's Day.

The putt ran past the hole and settled at the bottom of a collection area 70 feet away.

Harman narrowly missing a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish at 204. That made Saturday's score even more eye-opening. He won the first two tournaments of this year, both in Hawaii.

Six players start the final round within three shots of the lead, all eyeing their first major. A mere hiccup. On Saturday, he got to 14 under, then on Sunday, he widened the gap versus par to 16 under. "This went totally against the tradition of the U.S. Open".

"Well, it would change my life, I know that", Fleetwood told reporters. The tournament was never really in doubt after that, though the wind arrived and Kaymer couldn't maintain the pace. He shot 72 in the third round for an 8-under 202.



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