Thomas makes US Open history with stunning 63 at Erin Hills

Given the historic nature of this week’s scoring – consider that from 1895 to 2016, just a single player finished at 11 under or better through 54 holes at the U.S. Open – maybe the more esoteric question is how many birdies are too many birdies? Add Justin Thomas to the list of golf greats below. He now stands -12 on the tournament, leading three golfers – Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, and Brooks Koepka – by one stroke heading into the final round. It’s the first time since the rankings were introduced more than 30 years ago that the top three players missed the cut in the U.S Open.Home players occupy 12 of the top 16 places on the leaderboard and with six shots separating them, any one could still win on Sunday. There never have been nine straight Opens without a playoff. I’d love to have another one of those. I could not be leading the golf tournament by the time I tee off tomorrow.”A lot of perspectives changed for him and I think he started realizing that he just has to go play golf”, Haack said. Definitely inspiring in a way to see him get off to a good start and kind of motivating to want to get myself to go out and play well.It took until this, the 117th staging of the US Open, for a player to post a round of nine under par in this championship.Thomas’s 63 was remarkable given what might have been; he dropped shots on the 4th and 10th, before passing up a relatively simple eagle chance on the 15th. He had a six-shot lead at the turn but hit only three fairways on the nine and missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th for a 70. As a result, it should all be a wild ride through the final 18 holes. He said he has a plan in the works for Sunday.Thomas produced a 59 at the Sony Open in January. The guys are going to shoot low. But I did get a massive break on the 15th. “I’m like, ‘Let’s get to 8, let’s get to 9, ‘ whatever it is”.Except, of course, on the leader board at Erin Hills.Patrick Reed’s story looked like being the most notable of the day before Thomas, Harman and Fleetwood moved the needle. On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green. Thomas’ 9-under 63 was one better than Johnny Miller’s 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.With so many golfing stalwarts banished, Thomas stepped into the breach with a game as flashy as the pink trousers he wore.Whether this week’s display is good for golf is a debate for another day, and probably another golf course, but there is no more room for doubt when it comes to Erin Hills; without an assist from Mother Nature the game’s best can make a pitch-and-putt out of even the longest layouts.Reed shot a 7-under 65 in the third round of the U.S. Open, equaling the low total of the tournament. “But good shots will still prevail, if you hit them”.Hoffman has opened his third round at Erin Hills with two birdies to move into a four-way tie for second at 6 under. “It’s a tremendous honour to tie him [by shooting 63 in the U.S. Open]”.The scores keep getting lower and the names keep revolving atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.”When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores”, said the 24-year-old from Goshen, Kentucky.