Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 at US Open

That's what made it easy. Despite dropping out of a share of the lead, Fleetwood will take the same mindset into today's final round as he remains in contention of a major championship that he said would be life-changing.

"Obviously, I enjoy going low". And there were some ridiculous fireworks on Saturday.

The 30-year-old from Georgia had never gone past the second round in a US Open before this year, missing the cut on his two previous visits in 2012 and 2015.

His purple patch has instilled the belief he's ready to become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor, a run started by Jason Day at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

Erin Hills is built on a sprawling 652-acre property and the course can be stretched to almost 8,000 yards.

Keep in mind, Thomas was also battling it out on one of the most insane leaderboards you'll ever see.

After waiting while playing partner Jonathan Thomas hit his third, fourth, fifth and sixth shots, Thomas stood over his ball for a couple seconds and rolled it in for an eagle. A few years later, Thomas won two junior tournaments in one day.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", Fowler said. "That's why I play, to get myself in this position". "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done". Imagine how good he could have been with a snack. He is just one of about 13 golfers (all within five shots of the lead) with a chance to win the 117th U.S. Open.

It's fitting then, that Thomas was one of them. He has won three PGA Tour events, including the Sony Open, where he eagled his final hole of the first round for 59 and went on to win with a tour-record 72-hole score of 27-under 253. Is Hoffman going to shoot a 66 to overcome Fowler, Thomas and Koepka and post a win on Sunday at a U.S. Open?

"Yeah, it definitely can help, just because it's similar-type stuff, low round and history and stuff like that".

"I knew what it was score-wise". When I get it going, I don't fear, like I used to, kind of stalling. "I think that back nine, you can really shoot a low one". "I don't know why".

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Greg Norman and Vijay Singh did it twice, for 31 rounds of 63 in total.

Koepka is trying for his first major championship.

A memorabilia display in his father's pro shop is a tribute to Justin Thomas' skill, fearlessness and knack for the extraordinary.

At 24, he might not have a deep well of experience to draw upon in major championships, but he knows how to follow a historic round with another.

Thomas, who had six birdies on his outward nine on way to nine-under 63 on Saturday, found plenty of trouble on Sunday going three-over through the first nine to drop six off the lead.

But not long after he signed for his record score and an 11-under 205, he began to appreciate the significance of a 63 on this day.

Erin Hills again lacked enough wind to be the stern test the U.S. Open wants, and it showed.

Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday. After 54 holes, it could be his #SB2K17 partner in crime. Brian Harman shot 67 and led by one at 12-under 204, ahead of Thomas, former FSU standout Brooks Koepka (68) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

"And my short game is pretty good". "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

The final-hole struggle was in marked contrast to his second-round rally, when he became the first player from China to make the cut at a U.S. Open, according to U.S. Golf Association records.

One of them is likely to prevail, and might do so in dramatic fashion. He ends his weekend at Erin Hills at 1 over. He etched it in the history books with a tour de force performance. It's more in line with what Johnny Miller thinks of the U.S Open, but the important thing to remember is that Johnny Miller is wrong.

He ended up with two birdies and no bogeys over his last five holes.

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