Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 at US Open


It's the first time that has happened since 1998-2000. "But you can't really compare it considering the width of the courses". "Looking forward to the next two days". "I've got to put it close".

Another 63 is perhaps unlikely, because the breeze is finally predicted to pick up on Sunday, perhaps offering a stern test, though the course will probably remain fairly soft.

He then drilled a 300-yard second shot to around eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt to roars from the galleries.

Harman has hit 37-of-42 fairways and 42-of-54 greens in regulation and made a total of two (!) bogeys this week (none on the back nine). "But there's way too many holes out here where one bad shot could be a double bogey quickly".

"Yeah, a little disappointing the way I finished there on 18".

Erim Hills is a semi-links course with no trees and a par 72.

"I've only hit 7-iron, that's the longest I've hit into any par-4".

"The course wasn't created to be soft, and if it was going to be soft, it should have been 26- or 27-yard-wide fairways". And that tall fescue grass just a few yards off most fairways is atrocious. No two holes are the same, so the preparation for that has to be mind-boggling. Friday night, there was nearly an inch of rain to slow the course down.

Also, the wind is expected to pick up today.

On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies. It took a hard turn to the right and rolled in.

Rickie Fowler, who led the tournament after shooting a 65 in Thursday's opening round, will begin today in fifth place, two shots off the lead. Brain sets the angle early in his backswing, which enables him to be "quiet" at the top of swing. He went from pouring putts into the center of the cup to burning the edges, and his 39 on the back nine cost him the lead, though not his chances of breaking through for that first major.

"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", Fowler said.

WEDDING BELLS: Nick Rogness had one of the biggest plays of the day.

It was a much different scene than Saturday, when Thomas matched a major record with a 63.

Thomas had 300 yards to the hole for his second shot at the 18th.

The left-hander shot a 67 to reach 12 under and take a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.

"It was definitely conducive for good scores [Saturday]", Thomas said.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf.

NOTEWORTHY: None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major. That is very unusual. In 2003, the U.S. Open's total prize was $6 million.

Brent Snedeker is in the hunt with his no nonsense, quick game.

"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day". Then, his putting stroke is quick, yet smooth. Furyk was never seriously challenged in the final round, and he wound up winning by three shots and matching what was then the U.S. Open record at 272.