"It's still Erin Hills".
One could hardly say that's what happened yesterday, but Thomas still got what he needed. He did it himself.
Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance that featured nine birdies, two bogeys and was capped with a record-smashing eagle at the par-five 18th to complete the best single round in US Open history, in relation to par.
Miller also seemed convinced that Thomas' number would do nothing to alter the historic place of his 63 at Oakmont. It's a long haul.
However, Thomas bettered those performances with a remarkable 63 that saw him become the first player to complete a U.S. Open round in nine under par. To dent the field full of red numbers, it had to be. That's for the Quad Cities Open.
When the cut came out on Friday, Erin Hills was shaping up as the Conspicuous by Their Absence Open.
Big names to collapse on day three included former US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer.
So when the golf world turned northwest of Milwaukee this week and Erin Hills was waiting with its waist-high fescue and 500-yard par-4s, it was a bit like stepping through the looking glass. When I get it going, I don't fear, like I used to.
The U.S. Open should wrap up on Sunday - unless there's a tie. "Usually the roars are for pars and stuff like that".
South Korea's Kim will lead the Asian quest for a major today after Hideki Matsuyama was unable to build on his second round 65.
Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance signing for nine-under 63 to equal the lowest numerical score in a major and the best ever in the 117 year-history of the U.S. Open in relation to par. "Part of that is just age and part I'll give credit to Johnny McLaren (his caddie), credit to my wife and my little boy".
"I'm definitely disappointed I'm not playing the weekend, but there is a lot I can take out of it". If you were dialed in, you could go low, and no one was more in the zone than Justin Thomas. Yesterday he had the latter in spades and he needed it to climb so far up that red-stained leaderboard.More news: United States congressman Steve Scalise still critical after Washington shooting
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And they had even more company.
His 13-foot putt for birdie at the par-5 seventh moved him to 3 under for the day and 4 under for the tournament.
Thomas started off his round with back-to-back birdies.
"Of course they were teeing me up to be a contractor, the architects were", Kubly said. "I just tried to find the fall line".
Thomas started his record round with birdies on the first two holes.
Then he had a run of three birdies.
Most years, the U.S. Open has been played on courses where the fairways are as slender as Rickie Fowler's waistline and the rough is deep enough to hide a basketball.
"It was an awesome day", Thomas said. It's not going to be an easy day, for sure.
The trick now is for Thomas to remember for all the hosannas over his 63, it didn't win him anything. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. In fact, it's wide-open going into the final round.
"It's similar-type stuff - low round and history stuff, " Thomas said. I've been putting it pretty good. That's why I play, to get myself in this position.
"Those things are bonuses, you know?" Tomorrow's going to be fun.
Fans, players and viewers screamed two years ago when the U.S. Open was played at Chambers Bay and for good reason.