Justin Thomas made history on Saturday at the 2017 U.S. Open in Erin, Wisconsin, shooting a nine-under par 63, but he still finds himself in a three-way tie for second place and one shot behind leader Brian Harman at 12 under par.
"Normally, 12-under would be a 10-shot lead at most U.S. Opens", Harman said jokingly.
They fearlessly attacked the pins and nobody was more ruthless than Thomas, who ripped apart the links-style layout carding nine birdies and two bogeys, before capping his record-smashing effort by coolly rolling in an eight-foot putt for eagle at the par-five 18th.
Harman, who is playing his first major since missing the cut in all four in 2015, fired six birdies and one bogey in a 67 to claim pole position in his bid to become the first left-handed victor of the US Open.
Three holes before, on the 288-yard, par-4 15th, Thomas had missed a six-foot eagle putt after driving the green with another 3-wood.
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An 18-hole playoff. Nothing but contenders on the board who have never won a major, which tells me it's going to be awfully hard for any of them to close this one out. "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today". What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots.
Johnson is said to have texted a message of congratulations to Harman, who in turn thanked Johnson and wrote back, "I wanted no part of you in a playoff". It was never that way in the U.S. Open. Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record when he made six straight birdies, from the 18th hole through the fifth hole.
Thomas gave us a glimpse it would be a special day with a 19-foot circus putt for birdie.
Miller, who holds onto that 63 like Mercury Morris does the "72 Dolphins ideal record, always has an opinion, which he shared with Golf Channel after Thomas" round. I think being exempt and coming in a little early and not having it be so hectic the week of has definitely helped.
More startling than the low scores was smoke rising from about a half-mile away when a commercial blimp, not affiliated with the tournament, crashed into a field and burst into flames. "But good shots will still prevail, if you hit them".
The leaderboard is flooded with solid players, nearly all of whom are looking for their first major championship victory. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well. The soft Black Course allowed players to take dead aim, and Barnes opened with rounds of 67 and 65. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done". It's been set up very fair and Thomas isn't the only player to prove good shots can be rewarded. This is only his eighth major, and the third time he'll be playing on the weekend.
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