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19 Junio 2017, 03:34 | Gervasio Siguenza
With 8 feet left to navigate on Erin Hills' undulating 7,741-yard layout, he had U.S. Open history in his sights and food on his mind.
Four others have shot 63 in the U.S. Open: Johnny Miller in 1973, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in 1980, Vijay Singh in 2003 - all on courses with lower par totals. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", said Thomas after becoming the 29th player to shoot 63 in a major championship.
Also on Saturday, Alabama senior-to-be Jonathan Hardee captured the 88 Southeastern Amateur championship at the Country Club of Columbus (Ga.).
"I think that back nine you can really shoot a low one", he said. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started".
Thomas, however, is not alone in that pursuit. The major's top 13 golfers range from seven-under-par 209 to Brian Harman's 204, and the top 17 are at six-under 210 or better. The latter quartet all shot 68 in round three.
Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention.
They were comfortably outweighed by nine birdies, the most spectacular coming at the fifth, where Thomas held a putt that broke at a 90 degree angle, and 12th, the scene of an unlikely recovery from the fescue rough.
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. First was this absurd putt on the 5th hole, where he lined up facing away from the hole and used the slope to sink a birdie. I wish he was calling it just to hear what he would have said. But you can't do anything about that stuff. "I just knew he was going to make it".
Thomas, who said he didn't expect anyone to get to 12-under on Saturday, will follow the same strategy.
Thomas set the U.S. Open scoring record despite registering a pair of bogeys, offsetting them with nine birdies and his closing eagle. Thomas, who had two bogeys on Saturday, birdied Nos.
Tommy Fleetwood has admitted that winning the US Open would "change his life" as he enters the final round just one shot back from American Brian Harman. 14 and 15 to get to 12-under.
"I was good in high school, good at times at Georgia, but sometime after turning pro I lost my confidence", he said.
But Miller hinted that his round was superior and hit out at the "soft" course set-up in Wisconsin, suggesting it felt more like a regular PGA Tour event than a typical US Open. Justin did it today.
"There's no telling how low".
"I'm not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from", Harman said, "but I'm certainly motivated". "That's a very real possibility". "I had 310 hole, but it was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".
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