Justin Thomas breaks record, but Brian Harman leads at US Open

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.The unheralded Brian Harman will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, as Australia’s Marc Leishman dropped down the leaderboard at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.He three-putted on No. 13.Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard.As young as he is, Thomas said he’s very comfortable with his plan to finish this week right.On Saturday of the 117th U.S. Open, Justin Thomas broke Johnny Miller’s long-standing record of lowest score relative to par at a U.S. Open by shooting a nine-under 63.The soft, forgiving conditions created opportunity for major movement up the leaderboard for those players willing to take it. He will need even more of it this afternoon when his nerves will argue with his thoughts on every shot.Fowler birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to lift himself to 10 under par, two strokes off the pace at a generous Erin Hills layout that has been softened by rain. Kubly, whose company has built or renovated scores of world-class golf courses (including U.S. Open hosts Southern Hills and Torrey Pines) and whose daughter remembers trips to visit with pros-turned-course designers such as Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus, has experience in that area.Johnson was hitting it so well that he appeared to be safe even when he was on the cut line.Day at least managed to find one positive spin.”Guess what?” he said to his 4-year-old son. “I’ll just play my game, go out there tomorrow and see how it goes”.”It was a great day”, said Fowler, who is still gunning for his first major title. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.With the past six majors going to players who have never won a major before, there is a good chance that run could be extended this weekend.He never would have guessed it. I’m confident I’m prepared for whatever happens, good or bad.It didn’t for McIlroy, either. If only he had hit the fairways. He made four birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 71, but he still missed the cut for the second straight year.Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive “59” club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn’t played almost enough.Fowler will be in the third-to-last group Sunday afternoon with reigning Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim.It’s also important to note that there hasn’t been a playoff in the last eight U.S. Opens. I don’t think I could play any different or score any better than I have done, and you can’t do anything about what anybody else is doing. Who knew?! It’s been marvellous entertainment, watching the world’s best players cleverly plot their way around this fascinating course, and occasionally hacking through the long grass in the futile, hot-faced, weekend style.His schedule will pick up immediately.And then Friday, a 94-year-old man at the tournament for the first time stopped breathing while in a grandstand on the sixth hole and died of what Washington County officials said appeared to be natural causes.