Harman Leads US Open After Round 3, Thomas Sets Course Record

The man who ended Dustin Johnson's three-tournament winning streak at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year shot 67 to grab the 54-hole lead at Erin Hills. Justin Thomas reacts after his birdie on the 17th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Miller held the previous record after he shot 8 under at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

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.

Fowler shot a 4-under-par 68 and is in fifth place at 10-under for the tournament. Thirty-three players broke par Saturday, a record for the third round of an Open.

The final pairing of Casey and Harman are scheduled to tee off at 2:29 p.m. (1925 GMT), but a forecast calling for the possibility of thunderstorms could disrupt third-round action. Tied with Thomas at 11 under are Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. "Four of those gains were from inside five feet, his longest conversion a 21'4" birdie putt at 9.

He had a chance to extend his lead to two but missed an 11-footer for birdie on 18.

"I was excited to take the lead", Thomas said.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

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And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under-par 63.

"I think since my dad dropped me off at football practice and told me to not be disappointed if I didn't get to play at all", Harman said, drawing laughs. The whole thing was eclipsed Saturday in the U.S. Open when he turned the sport of golf into his own trophy case.

Birdie - Brian Harman: While Justin Thomas was making history, Harman was quietly putting himself in position to make some of his own.

Rickie Fowler is a shot further back on ten-under-par, Players champion Si Woo Kim is on nine-under-par, while Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman are on eight-under-par. But the weather this week has not co-operated with ample rain and only light breezes leaving the layout at the mercy of the world's best players.

He floated a wedge shot to three feet to escape with his only bogey of the round. So someone will look at getting their first major tomorrow. If I wake up with the same feelings tomorrow I'm going to have a chance. On the last hole I was miles out on the fourth shot and could've been looking at a seven or an eight but I hit a great chip to get a six.

On Friday, Li birdied two of his final three holes to make the cut with a shot to spare, even hitting the flagstick with his approach shot at his 17th hole, the par-4 eighth.

"I was a little mad at myself because I could feel I was hungry on 14 and 15, I didn't have anything".

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