Johnny Miller: Justin Thomas' 63 not as good as mine

However, Thomas bettered those performances with a remarkable 63 that saw him become the first player to complete a U.S. Open round in nine under par.

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

Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212.

Germany's Martin Kaymer, victor in 2014, took 41 shots to complete the front nine and although he picked up two birdies on the back nine, his three-over 75 saw him drop back to level par. It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. As full as the leaderboard was, however, most of the usual suspects at golf's majors were missing.

One stroke back are a trio of Americans in J.B. Holmes, Jamie Lovemark and first-round leader Fowler.

Casey then reignited his charge birding his eighth hole and ended the run with a "3" at his 12th.

Thomas led by two when he signed his card, although Tommy Fleetwood and Brain Harman duly closed the gap to one.

Rickie Fowler, on the verge of being left behind, rallied with three straight birdies and shot 68.

Day shot a 75 for a two-day total of 10-over 154, ending at 17 the longest active streak of making the cut in the majors. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done". And if his hot pink trousers were not enough, he did it in style. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole.

Erin - World number one Dustin Johnson said he plans to take some time off with his family as he struggles to digest his US Open flop.

Brian Harman opened up a one-shot lead at the 117th US Open in a dramatic third round lit up by a record-equalling 63 from Justin Thomas.

"The finish was awesome".

"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas.

He might need one at this rate. At Erin Hills, all Johnson could do was go down swinging on a Friday.

Thomas is no stranger to low scores. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started".

Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. Previous longest was 7,695 yards, during the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, won by Spieth.

What followed was spectacular, Thomas hitting a high cut to eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt for an unprecedented nine-under 63.

Fowler pitched the ball to about 18 feet, then missed the next putt on his way to a bogey.

He finished 27th two years ago and earned a big $64,000 pay day. But you've still got to hit them. "I took advantage of it the last few days".

But the work is not done.

It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world's top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major.

Holmes expects the scoring to get more hard over the final rounds.



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