Thomas seizes US Open lead with record round

Thomas seizes US Open lead with record round

Thomas seizes US Open lead with record round

All of that, and he's still one back of leader Brian Harman, who is 12-under par for the week after shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday.

As clogged as the leader board was at this 117th US Open in the wide open fields of Erin Hills, with a four-way share of the midway lead that hadn't manifested itself since 1974, there were also a number of big-hitters - among them the three top-ranked players in the world - who lost their way as if deprived of their golfing GPS systems. There is a deep roster of players with a chance to win tomorrow, but Fowler is the only one who can thrill fans by plucking a pencil from a cardboard box.

American Patrick Reed also flirted with the U.S. Open record, signing for a seven-under 65 to headline a pack of five at eight-under.

Chez Reavie did what he thought couldn't be done at a U.S. Open. I knew going into it that it was either going to go in or be close to going in. I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did, I just struggled on the greens.

"I think that's a testament to how good the golf course is and how well it's set up", Harman said.

And it is another milestone in a remarkable start to 2017 for Thomas.

With the entire field separated by just eight shots after the cut fell at one over, 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had hoped to get himself into contention, but struggled to a 76.

Fowler was among those who wouldn't mind seeing the conditions toughen up for the final 18 holes. And 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.

Thomas produced a 59 at the Sony Open in January.

"Everything I read says that I hit it super short", he said. "I'm enjoying it right now". And I feel like once the can gets open, I'll start pouring them in.

Still to be determined is what kind of test Erin Hills can present the rest of the week, especially with more rain on the way Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Justin Thomas fired a record-breaking nine-under-par 63 to seize the lead at the US Open in a dramatic third round dominated by low-scoring on Saturday.

On Friday, defending US Open champ Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day became the first top-three ranked golfers to miss the cut at one of the four big dances since the rankings began in 1986.

With the superstars out of it and the scores nosediving, is that good for the U.S. Open?

"I've never done this before", Fleetwood said.

But Thomas was more focused on the 63 than the par record for the Open. Thomas finished a round that included nine birdies and two bogeys with an 18-hole eagle. He drove the green on the par-4 15th.

Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here". And secondly, Erin Hills isn't exactly Oakmont.

The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open. The Texan's 65 propelled him from an earlier position of 33rd to the upper echelons of the leaderboard at eight under, thereby conjuring memories of the Ryder Cup brilliance that Reed has not consistently replicated in stroke play tournaments. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

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