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Thomas burns up Erin Hills with record score

“The course wasn’t created to be soft, and if it was going to be soft, it should have been 26- or 27-yard-wide fairways”.For the first time this week the easiest hole was not a par five, with a forward tee turning the 15th into a reachable par four of 288 yards. He reached the 18th green with a 3-wood on his second shot and calmly drained an 8-foot putt for eagle that sealed a 63. The 3-wood he hit from the fairway on 18 to set up an eagle was even better. The fans cheered when he cast aside the iron in favor of the lumber.”I wish he was calling it just to hear what he would have said”, replied the 24-year-old.”I think the biggest thing is not getting ahead of yourself. I didn’t know he could hit it that high and that soft”. Harman made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to hold off Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by a stroke.Then, in 2009 while playing for the University of Georgia, he slayed Fowler in the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Championship, making three straight birdies over the final three holes to finish him off.”I’m not sure when it’s going to sink in or when I’m going to realize what I did”, Thomas said.”Justin played a great round, but he was two, two-and-a-half hours before me”. Everything has been flowing.Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75. Thomas, record 9 under.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.If he does, he could walk away with his first major title.Brian Harman isn’t used to this position on the PGA Tour. “And secondly, Erin Hills isn’t exactly Oakmont”.Brian Harman shot 5-under 67 to get to 12-under 204.He’s No. 2 in the FedExCup thanks to three victories this season, including a record-setting performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii.His third-round 63 broke Johnny Miller’s 44-year-old record for lowest round in relation to par in U.S. Open history. He’s the head pro at Harmony Landing in Goshen, Kentucky, and his son’s longtime instructor. He finished the day at 12 under and way under the radar.And, just to make a point for good measure, at the 2015 Barclays, he made a pair of holes-in-one. I get to spend the day with my son.The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.The Thomases are a family with a long golf lineage. The cut for the top 60 and ties was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. Paul missed the cut, bowing out before young Jack Nicklaus defeated Arnold Palmer in a playoff. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday.Thank you to the golf gods for Justin Thomas. There are also more than 10 dozen golf balls, one from each of Thomas’ victories dating to his earliest days.