Thomas fires 63 as scores tumble

Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par. And his historic Round 3 puts him in a great spot to potentially win his first major.”I’m not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I’m certainly motivated”, said Harman on Saturday at the U.S. Open where he emerged from a crowded leaderboard to take a one-stroke lead.It was all part of a dizzying day at the U.S. Open where at times the leaderboard resembled a game of musical chairs with names moving up and down. But what he wanted more than most was to get in to contention during the final-day of a major. Harman was at 12-under 204 and still only had a one-shot lead, with Rickie Fowler two shots behind.The 28-year-world number nine got off to a flying start on Thursday with a seven-under-par 65 but saw his momentum falter on Friday with one-over-par 73.With so many golfing stalwarts banished, Thomas stepped into the breach with a game as flashy as the pink trousers he wore. Then a 302-yard 3-wood … to 10 feet from the hole.”The finish was awesome”, Thomas said. “I think that back nine, you can really shoot a low one”.”I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day”, the 23-year-old said. Johnny Miller had been the only other player to shoot 63 in a major, shooting an 8-under tally in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.Perhaps making it a bit easier is the knowledge that Erin Hills is nowhere near the suffocating sauna that typically affronts players in this tournament. He rolled a long birdie putt off the sixth green and made bogey, and he dropped two more shots with three-putt bogeys. Fleetwood was poised to take the lead until his pitch to the 18th wasn’t strong enough and his next shot went beyond the flag and down the slope some 70 feet away.He then went on to card three birdies in a row on the 7th, 8th and 9th to end the front nine with a five-under 31, before dropping his second shot on the day on the hard par-four 10th hole.Jordan Spieth at least made the cut at the US Open, which is more than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day could say. “But I’m looking forward to getting the job done”.”I have pictured winning the US Open a lot of times before”.Not to be overlooked was Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship last month. But Reed is in the mix heading into the final round, just four shots back of Harman at 8 under. The boyish 24-year-old shot a first-round 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii to become the youngest among the eight players who have broken 60 on the PGA Tour.Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.Li found the rough with his tee shot on 18 and hacked it out with an eight-iron, but his ball settled into a deep divot on the fairway, before his third shot bounded through the green into more nasty grass, from where he took six more shots to hole out for a 10-over 82 at Erin Hills.He ended up with two birdies and no bogeys over his last five holes.”As long as it’s a good tournament, it’s good for the U.S. Open, ” Thomas said. “When it’s soft, no wind and we’re playing well, we’re going to shoot low scores”. This week I’ve been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking: ‘All right, let’s go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt.