Abril 24, 2018

Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 in US Open

18 Junio 2017, 03:29 | Crisanna Felipe

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday.

The 26-year old Reed was 125/1 to win the U.S. Open heading into Round 3 and while he has plenty of work to do sitting four shots back, the Superbook has improved his odds to 25/1.

Harman, who had begun the day in a four-way tie for the lead, carded a five-under-par 67 which included six birdies and one bogey.

What we're left with are 12 players within 5 shots of the leader and a forecast calling for blustery conditions on Sunday, opening up the possibility for Erin Hills to bite back a little bit. Thomas admitted that as he walked up the 18th fairway Saturday afternoon, he wasn't aware that he was on the verge of history.

KEY STATISTIC: In 116 U.S. Opens to date, only six players had ever reached 10 under or better. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.

Thomas has had a breakout season on the PGA Tour, winning three times before February, including consecutive titles in Hawaii in January.

World number Rickie Fowler, who held the halfway lead, earned solo fifth with a 68, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim a shot back alone in sixth after also carding a 68. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major.

"I couldn't have shot any higher", Johnson said. "I could not be leading the golf tournament by the time I tee off tomorrow". So I was very familiar with the Kettle Moraine land, what I'd call sinkhole kinda land, that didn't always drain - just a real unique, nearly Irish, Scottish look to it, gently rolling but it's like the glacier did some unique things to this land when it went through.

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

"All Jimmy (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I were trying to do is give ourselves a best chance to make a four".

Robert Streb was the last golfer to shoot 63 at the majors during the 2016 US PGA Championship.

"Obviously, the finish was awesome", he said right after he finished his round, when he held a temporary two-shot lead. I can't say how much it means to have one of my best mates on my bag [caddie Ian Finnis].

He might need one at this rate.

According to Swick, the forecasted wind may present "the strongest day of the championship rounds", with west and northwest winds sustained at around 15 miles per hour, with gusts of 25 miles per hour or so. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"I played a lot", he said. "You play 54 holes around here before the tournament, I felt really really comfortable". It tied Johnny Miller's record of 63 for a single round. Then he picked up a birdie on 12 with a 9-footer. The ball hit just short of the green and popped forward and rolled 8 feet, 1 inch past the hole.

Stricker couldn't help but break into a wide smile when he made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to get to 4 under for the day.

The course was set up at 7,845 yards, the longest of any major.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said. Hopefully I do. I'll take it one step at a time.

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions he was "bored" with golf after missing the cut in the US Open for the second year in succession.

NOTEWORTHY: None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major. The only disappointment was a three-putt bogey from 35 feet on the final hole.

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

China's Li Haotong, who on Friday became the first player from mainland China to make the cut at a major, bombed out of contention with a 10-over-par 82.

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