Thomas sets scoring record with 63 at US Open

Ruben Hill
June 18, 2017

And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under-par 63.

Amazingly it could have been even better if not for bogeys on the fourth and 10th, as well as a missed eagle putt from six feet on the 15th after he had driven the green on the 288-yard par four.

Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman were at 67, with Patrick Reed and Adam Hadwin in the group at 68.

"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par.

Thomas leads the U.S. Open after shooting a 63 in the third round, matching the major record for low score. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.

Thomas had 300 yards to the hole for his second shot at the 18th. He's alone in fifth place and two shots back of Harman.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler (68) is solo fifth, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim, from South Korea, a shot back in sixth after also carding a 68. He was 10 under, only two shots behind. "Really a solid day, though, all the way around", Stricker said.

"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", Jamie Lovemark said.

"I think since my dad dropped me off at football practice and told me not to be disappointed if I didn't get to play at all", Harman said. "He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area, so it shouldn't get too physical".

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers. One example of that was Fowler hitting 3-wood into the green on the 632-yard 18th hole, with a breeze at his back.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

"The finish was awesome".

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", Johnson said.

He might need one at this rate. But as the sun rose over Erin Hills, and the forecast was for no rain, Mickelson withdrew. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"I obviously needed to nuke it", Thomas said of his 3-wood, which he later called his best of the round. By the end of the day, Oosthuizen was eight shots back of leader Brian Harman.

Kentucky native Thomas became the youngest golfer to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, which came in the opening round of his Sony Open victory in Honolulu.

Former US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer were big names who collapsed.

The American Ryder Cup star then bagged a trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to finish at eight under. Then he picked up a birdie on 12 with a 9-footer.

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.

On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

No one took advantage like Fowler.

But the work is not done.

"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.

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