Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 at US Open


Four players - Paul Casey (71), Brian Harman (70), Tommy Fleetwood (70) and Brooks Koepka (70) - are tied for the lead at 7 under.

"I couldn't control my shots in the first half and my putting was bad from the start".

Cameron Champ was the lowest amateur heading into the final round, but he finished with a 4-over 76 to drop back to even par for the tournament.

On Saturday, Justin Thomas tied the record for the best round at a major by shooting 63.

Thomas soared up the leaderboard from 22nd, and all it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. He hit an eagle on No. 18 to finish nine-under on the day and 11 under after three days at Erin Hills.

He then hacked out his fifth out sideways and now some 52-feet from the hole from where he chipped and two putted.

The final round of the U.S. Open will begin with the top 16 places on the leaderboard all occupied by players who have yet to win a major. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. The pressure of gaining that boost of confidence going into Sunday played a huge role during the third round.

Only six players had ever reached 10-under par or lower in the previous 116 U.S. Opens. The course played to a par of 71 that day, meaning Miller was 8-under.

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. A year ago, he missed the cut by two shots at Oakmont.

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"There's a group of about 12 and we cut the back nine and orientation was a bit of fun; everyone was trying to figure out where everyone was going but by Monday afternoon, we fly through the work now", said Idris Evans, Western Australian Golf.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us". I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. "It's just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind".

And if his hot pink trousers were not enough, he did it in style. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to ideal. At last year's PGA Championship at Baltusrol, Koepka played on an ankle swollen enough for Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi to have advised him to take the week off.

"The finish was awesome". And then he came up short of the 17th green and dropped one more shot that sent him home early to spend time with his newborn son.

McIlroy, who has struggled through a nagging rib injury that has limited him to six tournaments this year, saw some positive signs in the second round after complaining about feeling rusty after his substandard opening 18 holes.

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

Harman has missed just five fairways across three rounds and looked remarkably composed as he completed a 67 on Saturday to secure top spot on the leaderboard.