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Justin Thomas ties US Open Tournament record with 63 in third round

Thomas’s magical round equals the lowest numerical score in a major and the best ever in the 117-year history of the U.S. Open in relation to par.A rain-softened course was protected by some fearsome pin positions as the third round of the US Open got under way at Erin Hills today.There were 18 rounds in the 60s, starting with one for the record book.But the record-setting performance has him on the verge of his first major championship if he is able to build off the momentum he established in Saturday’s third round.”Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I’m a pretty happy man”, Casey said.Tommy Fleetwood will try to block out thoughts of the “life-changing” effect of becoming the second English victor in five years in Sunday’s final round of the US Open. “It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started”.Thomas, however, is not alone in that pursuit.Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn.Casey flew the back of the green with his third shot and finding deep rough but could only move his ball some six inches.World No.9 Rickie Fowler, who held the halfway lead, earned solo fifth with a 68, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim a shot back alone in sixth after also carding a 68.Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine previous year and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: “You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events”. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par. “It could change in a heartbeat”.However the 39-year-old world number 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under. Despite dropping out of a share of the lead, Fleetwood will take the same mindset into Sunday’s final round as he remains in contention of a major championship that he said would be life-changing.”Yeah, 12 under, I’d have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens”, he said. “But you can’t do anything about that stuff”. I know it’s supposed to be hard to follow a low round but he doesn’t need to go low, he just needs a solid 68 or 69.”Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that’s what you’ve got to do to play well around here”. On the closing nine, Justin shot a score of 32, with one eagle, three birdies and one bogey.However a bogey on the ninth checked his progress, pushing him out to two over.Thomas’ dramatics happened on the 18th when he hit his second-shot 3-wood more than 300 yards on the par-5, 667-yard finishing hole.