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19 Junio 2017, 01:58 | Gerardo Tarin
Justin Thomas on Saturday became the fifth player to post a 63 in a U.S. Open, joining Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Vijay Singh but Thomas is the only one to do it on a par-72 course.
Thomas revealed he had failed to pack a snack in his bag and that his groaning stomach had been affecting his concentration for the holes leading up to his eagle putt.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was battling his way into contention going four-under through 13 holes to sit four off the pace alongside Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.
But with debut host course Erin Hills yielding to scores not typical of a US Open, Thomas couldn't hold the lead for more than an hour as Harman came in with a five-under-par 67 during the third round.
It was a much different scene than Saturday, when Thomas matched a major record with a 63. He had a six-shot lead at the turn but hit only three fairways on the nine and missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th for a 70.
Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenseless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.
"It means history", Thomas says of his 63, "it also means I have a lot better chance of winning the tournament".
Harman was hoping to become the fourth player in succession to convert a 54-hole lead into victory after Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker in the last two majors of 2016 and Sergio Garcia in April's Masters.
Another eagle was available when Thomas drove the short, 288-yard par-4 15th hole.
Going into Sunday five players had carded rounds of seven-under or less, the most ever in the U.S. Open's 117-year history while Canadian Adam Hadwin fired off six consecutive birdies in Thursday's opening round to equal another mark. "I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992".
Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par. 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.
Unusually, the finale will not feature any of the world's top three players. A dropped shot means Fleetwood, at 11 under, shares second with Thomas and Brooks Koepka. His lone victory in America was the Houston Open in 2009, though not to be overlooked are his 14 victories around the world that include two victories in Abu Dhabi, one at the BMW PGA Championship, two at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the World Match Play Championship that included Tiger Woods.
Former champion Jordan Spieth was among the interested spectators as the US Open headed for a thrilling climax at Erin Hills on Sunday.
"I couldn't have shot any higher", Johnson said.
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As well as Thomas, compatriot Patrick Reed was one of the biggest early movers, surging up the field with a dazzling round that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey.
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