Brian Harman leads 117th US Open after round 3

Typically, a U.S. Open final round is one of attrition, last man standing.”It’s going to be weird”, said Justin Thomas, who matched a major championship and U.S. Open record by shooting 63 on Saturday.Torrential rain that doused the 7,818-yard layout at Erin Hills overnight presented the field with a feast of birdie chances, transforming the leaderboard into a sea of red as dusk fell. What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots. But there’s a couple today where I kind of puffed them out there and I’m back there a couple extra clubs. I felt like I’ve been playing pretty well all week, and didn’t have quite the numbers to show for it.”Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that’s what you’ve got to do to play well around here”.Brian Harman (-12) enters Sunday in the lead, followed by Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood at -11.Thomas, the 29th player to shoot a 63 in a major, finished the day on 11-under-par 205 to trail leader Brian Harman by one stroke heading into Sunday’s final round.”But, I had no idea 9-under was the best score ever to par, ” Thomas said.Thomas set the U.S. Open scoring record despite registering a pair of bogeys, offsetting them with nine birdies and his closing eagle.”I was just trying to get to 63, just because I know that’s kind of the magic number; 62 is what everybody’s been chasing”, Thomas told Fox Sports after his round, per ESPN.”I hope the moment will come as soon as possible”. “I just knew he was going to make it”.”Yeah, 12 under, I’d have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens”, he said.”Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow”, Fowler said.”It was a great day”, said Fowler, who is still gunning for his first major title. “I’m looking forward to my shot at it”. It’s not going to be an easy day, for sure.”This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I’ll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish”.”I think the biggest thing is not getting ahead of yourself”.The American Ryder Cup star then bagged a trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to finish at eight under.”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 long-haired Englishman started the third round in a four way tie for the lead at seven under par, and even though it was new territory for him there were no signs of nerves.Harman, who is playing his first major since missing the cut in all four in 2015, fired six birdies and one bogey in a 67 to claim pole position in his bid to become the first left-handed victor of the US Open.