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Record smashing Thomas grabs US Open lead

Record smashing Thomas grabs US Open lead

Brian Harman leads the US Open with one round to play at Erin Hills.

"To be a part of history at a major, all the best players in the world have played this event".

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day.

With the cut on another low-scoring day coming at one over, Johnson seemed poised to scrape into the weekend after three birdies and a bogey left him at two under, one over outright, midway through his second round. He went from pouring putts into the center of the cup to burning the edges, and his 39 on the back nine cost him the lead, though not his chances of breaking through for that first major.

A left-hander leads going into the final round at Erin Hills and is looking to win his first U.S. Open on Sunday.

Thomas' dramatics happened on the 18 when he hit his second-shot three wood more than 300 yards on the par-five 667-yard finishing 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 putt for 3 was flawless, and a significant piece of golf history belonged to him.




Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open, and the first with a score of 9 under.

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.

The American's phenomenal display earned a record that had belonged to Johnny Miller ever since the latter compiled an eight-under final round to win at Oakmont in 1973. Only one player on Saturday (Patrick Reed, 65) shot lower than 67, and Thomas' 3-3 finish included a birdie at the 509-yard 17th, which has been the toughest hole on the course this week. Kubly, whose company has built or renovated scores of world-class golf courses (including U.S. Open hosts Southern Hills and Torrey Pines) and whose daughter remembers trips to visit with pros-turned-course designers such as Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus, has experience in that area. His best finish at the U.S. Open was third in 2001. "When I get it going, I don't fear it like I used to of stalling". Dad handed his son a sawed-off club at age 2. "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there". It was worth every second. "I just happened to be in the ideal spot". It's insane. It's just what he does.

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. The 26 year-old Englishman spent more than two years inside the top 100 of golf's World Ranking between April 2014 and May 2016 before a season of bad play dropped him all the way down to 188th.

There were several key points in Thomas' round. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, started the day level par and was still on that mark after a couple of birdies cancelled out two bogeys in the opening 11 holes.


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