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Thomas makes history in US Open third round

19 Junio 2017, 05:10 | Gerardo Tarin

Marc Leishman is just one shot off the lead midway through the third round of the US Open

Marc Leishman is just one shot off the lead midway through the third round of the US Open

Heading into the 2017 US Open, all the talk was about the man known as lefty, Phil Mickelson, withdrawing from the championship to attend his daughter's graduation in California.

Of the 68 players who made the cut, Stricker ranks 54th in driving distance at 296.8 yards through three rounds. There are 13 players at or within five strokes of the lead after three rounds at Erin Hills with everyone chasing leader Brian Harman, who is 12 under.

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"We're breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped. I was exhausted today, too.

"I've got a good plan for this course".

With his 63, Thomas was just the latest player to make the most of unusually good scoring conditions at a U.S. Open site. Thomas capped his sensational round with an eagle after landing a 3-wood on the 18th green.

Two years ago, he carded a 29 on the back nine of the final round at Chambers Bay, equaling the lowest nine-hole score in U.S. Open history.

"This is new for me, I can't lie about that", Thomas said after his round.

Thomas drained a putt on No. 5 which he literally started it in the wrong direction, and that, he said, wasn't even his best shot of the day. Obviously, I have no idea what tomorrow holds, but I'm more motivated by the way that I'm striking the ball.

But Thomas is no stranger to records. He said, yeah, let's do it. He matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under. It's long and a lot of terrain. Or that Mickelson never made it to Erin Hills, opting instead to attend his daughter's high school graduation?

Harman won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur, putting him position to become the fourth player to win both the Junior Amateur and U.S. Open titles. "I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts and that's what happened on 15".

"I love seeing him in the mix", Haack said. Then I was so mad at myself for that. But it's a spread-out course. I'm sure I won't sleep in. It changes a lot as you play through, and it makes it an exciting track.

"But that was cool to see. It's a great track". "I've got to put it close". "I know one thing if it happened (on Sunday) and the result is what I want it to be, then I would probably have a little different feeling".

His first four holes went this way: double bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey. Is Hoffman going to shoot a 66 to overcome Fowler, Thomas and Koepka and post a win on Sunday at a U.S. Open?

At Rancho Mirage in early April, Thompson was given the four-shot penalty with six holes to play in the final round. Rickie Fowler is at 10 under.

Today, Justin Thomas tied the record for the best round at a major by shooting 63. But the Ryder Cup helps.

"But I'll take exactly where I'm at".

OK, I have also become a bit of a sadist (enjoys seeing others in pain) in my twilight years. Yeah, it was the first time popping them back out in play.

He said he felt like he was back on the upswing at the Colonial. Now eligible for the PGA Champions Tour, Stricker is playing more this year than in recent seasons. "But to me, it's going to basically all be kind of the same".

"I have any wife, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law".

"The guys at the scoring table told me that, so I was pretty pumped about that". "I just go out there and when they decide red, white and blue this week, I was all for it. It's home", he said.

Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. The pressure of gaining that boost of confidence going into Sunday played a huge role during the third round. But from this vantage point, it just doesn't look like the Open.



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