2017-06-17 18:44:02
Justin Thomas Breaks a U.S. Open Record With a 63 in the Third Round

18:44, June 17 372 0

ERIN, Wis. — Justin Thomas shot a nine-under 63 on Saturday to equal the lowest score ever at a major, taking a third-round clubhouse lead at a helter-skelter United States Open at Erin Hills.

Thomas, wearing fluorescent pink pants, produced an electric performance that featured nine birdies and two bogeys, and that was capped by an eagle at the par-five 18th to complete the best single round, in relation to par, in United States Open history.

“I had no idea in terms of nine-under being the best in the U.S. Open,” Thomas said.

Johnny Miller owned the previous best round of eight-under 63, which he shot at the 1973 United States Open at Oakmont.

The historic round also took Thomas, 24, a Kentucky native and a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, to 11-under for the championship and a two-shot lead over compatriot Brian Harman and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who were still on the course on the course when Thomas finished.

Once again golfers took full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenseless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.

Patrick Reed, another American, also flirted with the record, before signing for a seven-under 65.