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Johnny Miller: Justin Thomas’ 63 not as good as mine

“Yeah, first cut made, too (at the U.S. Open)”, Harman said. “We’re separated by a floor”.Another player to watch out for on Sunday is Patrick Reed, whose Saturday 65 was the low round of the day until Thomas’ 63.The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under par late in the third round but with numerous contenders still out on the course and threatening to catch him. Tied at 11-under with Thomas and in the second to last group are Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.No player has ever gone lower in a major.And after Haotong Li made a small piece of history Friday by surviving the halfway cut at the U.S. Open, he closed out a frustrating third round with a quadruple-bogey at the par-5 18th on Saturday. He lost the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur final to Smithtown’s Jim Liu, but he helped Alabama win the NCAA title in 2013 and the U.S. win the Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America in Southampton that same year.His purple patch has instilled the belief he’s ready to become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor, a run started by Jason Day at the 2015 US PGA Championship. It’s not going to be an easy day, for sure. Without Spieth, McIlroy, Day or Johnson to compete with him at the top of the leaderboard, there will never be a better time than now for Fowler to win his first major. “I’m going to be nervous, but it’s a good nervous”.BRIAN HARMAN WILL head into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one-stroke lead, after overhauling record-breaker Justin Thomas on an enthralling, low-scoring Saturday at Erin Hills.And it is another milestone in a remarkable start to 2017 for Thomas.Fleetwood’s second shot on the par-five 18th finished just 47 yards from the pin.And yet, Thomas won’t even walk to the first tee box Sunday with the lead.”A 63 for a par 72 is a heck of a score”, Miller said, “even if it was the Milwaukee Open.” “I had no idea about the relation to par, so that was definitely a big bonus”. But I’m looking forward to getting the job done. “That’s why I play, to get myself in this position”. And instead of leaving Erin Hills fretting about how much better he could’ve done, he was thankful it wasn’t any worse.Kaymer got the good end of the draw when rain arrived at Pinehurst No. 2, and he opened with rounds of 65-65 to reach 10-under 130 and build a six-shot lead going into the weekend. His best finish at the U.S. Open was third in 2001.-Thomas on the meaning of his record-setting 63. “Whether it’s 20-under or 20-over, as long as [USGA officials] want a good tournament and an action-packed leaderboard”.If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.It has to be Thomas again, who fired nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his 63, while also missing from six feet for an eagle on the 15th after driving the green on the short par four. And he missed an eminently makeable eagle putt after driving the green on the par-four 15th.Miller also seemed chuffed about the setup going completely against the “U.S. It’s hard not to struggle with your focus a little bit”, Cink said.Traditionalists will poo-poo the ease with which Erin Hills has treated the field this week. It’s still a U.S. Open.