Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

  • Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Brooks Koepka reacts after his birdie on the first hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Tommy Fleetwood happy to salvage a bogey at the last as a third-round 68 kept him within a shot of the lead at the US Open.

American Justin Thomas equalled the lowest score in major championship history in stunning fashion to surge into contention for the US Open at Erin Hills. It's the first 63 at the U.S. Open since Vijay Singh in 2003 at Olympia Fields and the fifth overall in tournament history.

"It's what I believe in myself", Stricker said.

Thomas poured that in to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.

It was all part of a dizzying day at the U.S. Open where at times the leaderboard resembled a game of musical chairs with names moving up and down.

The 26-year-old was in control on the back nine before coming unstuck when he carded a costly bogey on the 18th.

A week before the U.S. Open, Postmedia spoke to one of the designers of Erin Hills, Dana Fry, and he explained that the sprawling 652-acre golf course is by far the biggest site a major has ever been held on. Thomas capped his sensational round with an eagle after landing a 3-wood on the 18th green.

The 30-year-old Harman has five top-10 finishes and two victories since joining the tour in 2012, most recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

"Nine under is incredible with U.S. Open pressure", Miller told Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner. "I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts and that's what happened on 15". Koepka finally took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 8.

After dropping three shots in his opening six holes, Matt Fitzpatrick holed five birdies in eight holes to post a two-under 70 to climb to three under. I've pictured winning the US Open a lot of times before. He shot a record-tying 63 to move into a three-way tie for second at 11 under par.

"I wouldn't have been able to do that without that rain last night", he said. "Looking forward to the next two days".

He had missed another eagle putt on the 15th, when he drove the green in one and then rolled a six-footer just wide of the hole.

And victory for any of the top 16 players on the leaderboard would extend the streak of first-time major winners to seven, a run dating back to Jason Day's win in the 2015 US PGA.

Gusts are forecast to pick up on Sunday, when a new major victor appears all but certain to be crowned with none of the top 16 on the leaderboard having previously taken out one of golf's premier strokeplay events. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".