Koepka unsurprised by Thomas record

"To be a part of history at a major, all the best players in the world have played this event".

Rickie Fowler, the Round 1 leader, shot a 1-over 73 to drop to 6 under par in a three-way tie for fifth with Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes. 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.

Tommy Fleetwood happy to salvage a bogey at the last as a third-round 68 kept him within a shot of the lead at the US Open.

Incredibly, Thomas' round contained two bogeys.

His first four holes went this way: double bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey.

Thomas' dramatics happened on the 18 when he hit his second-shot three wood more than 300 yards on the par-five 667-yard finishing hole.

That victory was redemption after 2015 when, on the bumpy, much-criticized greens at Chambers Bay, he three-putted from 8 feet on the final hole to give away the win, then the tie. The putt for 3 was flawless, and a significant piece of golf history belonged to him.

And his historic Round 3 puts him in a great spot to potentially win his first major.

Justin Thomas made history on Saturday when he shot a 63, shattering a record that stood for 44 years. Jonny Miller hit the first on the par-71 Oakmont in 1973, while Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf's efforts came on the par-70 Baltusrol in 1980.

But Thomas is no stranger to records. Saturday, Erin Hills played to 7,818 yards. Nine players are within 4 shots of the lead - and we're wondering if they have what it takes to get the job done in one of the game's biggest tournaments.

American Patrick Reed also flirted with the U.S. Open record, signing for a seven-under 65 to headline a pack of five at eight-under. By late Saturday, it had yet to truly sink in for father or son. This, inicidentally, is the same daughter whom Mickelson was equipped with a pager for during the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst when wife Amy was pregnant with her (Mickelson famously finished second to Payne Stewart, the first of six runner-up finishes for Lefty). "And I feel like once the can gets open, I'll start pouring them in". Dad handed his son a sawed-off club at age 2.

"I've got a good plan for this course". It was worth every second.

"I'm going to enjoy my time tonight with my little girl and my wife". It's insane. It's just what he does. Now eligible for the PGA Champions Tour, Stricker is playing more this year than in recent seasons.

There were several key points in Thomas' round.

Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet.

He clawed that back with a birdie on the 12th, draining a six-foot putt but was soon in trouble on the 13th, three-putting for bogey. Instead, it vanished into the hole. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.



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