Justin Thomas trails Harman by 1 after record day at US Open

CARRY MY BAG, PLEASE: Jimmy Johnson has now carried the bag for two players to shoot 63 in a major: Thomas on Saturday, and Steve Stricker at the 2011 PGA. And why not? So far at this year’s U.S. Open, we’ve seen a blimp crash near Erin Hills, an E-coli scare, and a 94-year-old spectator die at the course. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday.It is the 31st time a 63 has been recorded at the four big dances, with Greg Norman and Vijay Singh the only golfers to do it twice.”I knew I hit it really well”, he said. “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. He’s tied with Brooks Koepka, who birdied the 18th to get there, and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who bogeyed the last to fall out of a share for the lead.The 39-year-old was only able to move his fourth shot a matter of inches in heavy rough over the back of the green on the par five, before hacking out sideways and taking three putts from just off the green.Fears Rickie Fowler could run away with the lead never materialised with the American falling back into the pack with a one over par 73 to now be sharing fifth place at six under.Elsewhere, Masters champion Sergio Garcia finished with a 71 to stay on six under, six behind Harman.So yeah, outside of Fowler, we’re left with a lack of star power, and the top of the leaderboard is completely devoid of anyone who’s actually won a major.”It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14″, Casey said. Fleetwood climbed the hill, opened up his wedge and flopped it to 6 feet; a potential blowup turned into a birdie that put him at 12 under.In fact, you have to go down to 19 place to find a victor of a major, Sergio Garcia at three-under. “But you can’t do anything about that stuff. I feel like that’s going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things”.”I was excited to take the lead”, Thomas said.Justin Thomas played two seasons for the Alabama men’s golf team before turning professional in 2013.The Englishman had a chance for a piece of the third-round lead at the U.S. Open as he lined up his third shot on the par-5 final hole: a 50-yard wedge from the bottom of the hill that led to the green.Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele. He had birdies at 1, 4, 9, 11, 14, and 15.Harman, 30, doesn’t seem to be feeling the pressure, though that could change Sunday. “It depends on the weather”.Somebody might go low early, but not as many. Justin did it today. I could not be leading the golf tournament by the time I tee off tomorrow.