Thomas makes US Open history with stunning 63 at Erin Hills

Dustin Johnson walks to the 18th green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

There, he is in a three-way tie for second place at 11 under, one behind Brian Harman. Thomas admitted that as he walked up the 18th fairway Saturday afternoon, he wasn't aware that he was on the verge of history.

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.

"All Jimmy (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I were trying to do is give ourselves a best chance to make a four". His ball landed on the green and only rolled out about 10 feet.

Excellent course conditions helped keep scores low Saturday, including a record-setting 63 from Justin Thomas, as several golfers pushed into the top 10 with good performances in Round 3.

"Obviously, the finish was awesome", he said right after he finished his round, when he held a temporary two-shot lead.

"He loves golf. He actually wants a new driver or something, but I think we can find him something in the shop at the end of the day", Jonas said. "It's our national championship, so to be in good position and have a chance to win it, it's special".

"I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it".

The 26-year-old needed to birdie the 18th to equal the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history, but missed from five feet. Having become the first player to shoot 9 under par in a U.S. Open round, Thomas stands alone.

Thomas, decked out in fluorescent pink trousers, was on the move quickly with a birdie-birdie start and had an even hotter finish to his front nine, carding birdies on four-of-five closing holes, including the last three to move to seven-under. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68. Thomas made six birdies and one bogey on his front nine in the third round, and Hoffman birdied three of his first five holes.

"I'm looking forward to hearing about that when I get back to the house since J.T. and I are staying together", said Fowler. "Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system yesterday and some parts today".

Fleetwood and South Korea's Si Woo Kim are the only non-Americans in the top 13.

Even with the course drying out, there simply was not enough wind to frighten anyone on their game.

Thomas began his career at Alabama in 2012, the same year he won the Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. He made an eagle on his final hole at the Sony Open in January to shoot 59, and he went on to break the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record. Then he picked up a birdie on 12 with a 9-footer. 15 and 17 before he hit a 3-wood on his approach shot on the par-5 18th hole to set up a short eagle putt that allowed him to get to 11-under. He was 100 feet away for birdie on No. 6 and burned the edge of the cup on that one, except that it ran by some 7 feet and he three-putted for bogey. "My goal heading into this season was to take everything I was already doing, and just to make it all work a little bit better".

World number one Dustin Johnson led an unprecedented exodus of big guns at the 117th US Open on Friday as four players grabbed a share of the lead at the halfway stage. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.

"It will be just fine", said Fowler, who plays in the third-to-last group on Saturday.

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