The 24-year-old’s score is the lowest in relation to par in the history of the US Open, surpassing the eight-under 63 carded by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973.
“It’s been an off-putting week for me”, Spieth said. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.
“That means I’m a part of history”, Thomas told reporters. And if that’s not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round.
Brian Harman took the 54-hole lead at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed set the early clubhouse target as the third round of the 117th US Open turned into a shootout at a rain-softened Erin Hills.
“It was a really good round of golf and you don’t realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day”. “Pitchers have good days and bad days, and I took an L (loss) today and come back tomorrow and try to finish this round strong going into next week”. He made an eagle on his final hole at the Sony Open in January to shoot 59, and he went on to break the PGA Tour’s 72-hole scoring record.
Having five players reach 10-under in a single U.S. Open is rather remarkable considering just six had ever done it in the previous 116 Opens.
Louis Oosthuizen was five under for his round and the tournament through 13 holes, while Charley Hoffman birdied the first two to sit one off the lead at six under. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par.
“It’s going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow”, the world number nine said. “I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts, and that’s what happened on 15”.
Not to be overlooked was Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship last month.
As a point of fact, the U.S. Women’s Open is not organized by the LPGA.
Bogey putts on No. 4 and No. 10 proved Thomas’ round could have been even better at the end of the day, but the youngster will be delighted with his efforts. “I know I’m going to be nervous, I just need to harness that as best I can”.
Paul Casey, eight shots adrift after a shocker yesterday, is surely too far back as is the game Eddie Pepperell, also on -4. It’s been shorter but harder the next two rounds, and ranks as the seventh most difficult hole on the course.
A three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, Thomas also joined the exclusive “59” club by breaking 60 at the Sony Open, but he may have saved his best for Father’s Day weekend and his quest for his first major crown. I’m still trying to win out here, and I feel like I still can.