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Thomas roars into US Open lead

And that it was the first nine-under-par round ever shot in the U.S. Open.Staying that deep into the red might not prove as easy.The wind at Erin Hills is finally expected to pick up for Sunday’s final round, which could put a halt to all the record-setting scoring that’s made the U.S. Open leaderboard look more like one at a regular PGA Tour stop.Fleetwood insisted he will not be overawed by being in contention for the first time in a major championship, and he is determined to retain the same mindset he has had over the first three days.With new host host Erin Hills, with its wide fairways and relatively slow greens after rain yielding uncharacteristically low scores for a US Open, Thomas became the 29th golfer to shoot 63 in a major championship.Action concludes on Sunday evening, with another first-time major victor likely to be crowned. That belongs to Brian Harman at 12-under, the leftie who’s been the most consistent competitor this weekend. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge. It led to an eagle to close out his 63.Thomas upstaged but did not outshoot Brooks Koepka (68) and Tommy Fleetwood (68), both at 11 under, or Harman (67).Fowler was among those who wouldn’t mind seeing the conditions toughen up for the final 18 holes. And he wasn’t through. His only bogey came at the par-4 third hole. He won that tournament by seven shots.Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting.Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212.”That was the best shot I hit all day”. “To go out and just play well tomorrow and have a chance to win the golf tournament would mean a lot”. But those errors were comfortably outweighed by nine birdies and a spectacular eagle at the par-five 18th, where he hit his approach shot to eight feet from 299 yards.The historic round also took Thomas, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, to 11-under for the championship and a two-shot lead over compatriot Brian Harman and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, still on the course. No one had a chance. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.This won’t be a U.S. Open final round where you can focus in on one pairing and expect the victor to be one of those two.In other words, going really low in the U.S. Open just doesn’t happen, so when you do, you win and you win big. Fleetwood’s good play over the past week speaks for itself, but asked about it after his second-round 70, it was the influence of his friend that was helping him more than anything else.