Justin Thomas breaks record, but Brian Harman leads at US Open

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.

Indeed, it was a round for the ages, climaxed by a 310-yard 3-wood approach to the 18th green that expired only seven-feet from the cup. Felt like I had a good feel for the speed of the greens today, hit a lot of good lag putts.

Coming close: Louis Oosthuizen was on his way up the leaderboard with six birdies - and then he got to 17.

Patrick Reed carded a 65 on Saturday and Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie all managed the same number in the opening two rounds. Paul Casey went out in the last group and shot a 75.

"I obviously needed to nuke it", Thomas said of his 3-wood, which he later called his best of the round. This is his third U.S. Open and it is the first time he has even made the cut.

Brooks Koepka looked like he might be the man to lead the way on nine under, but two bogeys on the back nine meant he was at 7 under and still very much in the hunt. "... Age has a way of making you a little wiser and I think he's just kind of learned his way through the natural process". "I'm a part of history". That he could begin a Saturday stashed in 24th place alongside eight other golfers and bolt to the fore in his pink trousers on a rain-softened, light-winded course, did not seem all that outlandish. Thirty-three players broke par Saturday, a record for an Open third round.

Today, the pins are a bit tougher, and the wind has picked up mightily; that's going to mean plenty of higher scores, along with a lengthy broadcast filled with players backing off their shots. His third round featured six birdies and an eagle (par-five 18th) and two bogeys.

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. "And I feel like once the cannon gets open, I'll start pouring them in". Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

While Fowler has been mostly consistent in his play, the same can't necessarily be said for others at or near the top of the leaderboard.

"Well, it would change my life, I know that", Fleetwood told reporters.

"Sometimes you just have to play them (majors) until you get really comfortable". "But I know I'm going to be nervous, but it's a good nervous". "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

Oh, did Thomas go low.

But, Thomas is a shot behind leader Brian Harman, who shot a 67 Saturday and sits 12-under after three rounds.

One thing you can count on for certain on Sunday is that the streak of six majors being won by a first-time victor will grow to seven.

He began the day with a birdie, and although he dropped a shot on the 4th, Harman responded with a gain at the next to put himself back in to contention.

"If somebody shoots nine under tomorrow in the top few (as Thomas did on Saturday) then I'll have to shoot 10, I guess".

  • Rosalie Stanley