Justin Thomas enjoys record third round at US Open

Beth Cruz
June 18, 2017

The Thomas' have a tradition that every time Justin does something special on the golf course like make a hole in one or shoot 59, like he did earlier this year at the Sony Open, Mike Thomas puts the golf ball in a special frame. "I had no idea about the relation to par, so that was definitely a big bonus".

Thomas' 63 is just the fifth in U.S. Open history, which has seen the fewest 63s among the four major championships.

Thomas raced into a two-shot lead with his remarkable, record-breaking effort on the longest course in the event's history, carding nine birdies and capping a sensational round with an eagle at the final hole.

"I wasn't trying to make three, I was just trying to make four". A 62, I guess, is what everyone has been chasing [in majors].

"Then we got up there and realised it was seven or so feet - it was really cool". I just hit a high cut, it was right at it in the air and I was just saying be right, somehow be close.

"But more important than that was just to get myself in contention to win the tournament".

Justin's closest pursuers were Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman at 10-under, one shot behind Thomas. 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.

"It was a lot of fun".

"I'm hungry. So I was - honestly, I was a little mad at myself because I could feel I was hungry on 14 and 15, I didn't have anything", he said. If I hit it off the bottom, it was going to be in those front bunkers, which was fine. "This is new for me, I can't deny that or lie about that".

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