Justin Thomas breaks US Open record with 9-under 63

Casey and Fleetwood in share of lead at halfway stage in US Open

Around 70 minutes earlier, compatriot Patrick Reed had faced a similar length putt to Thomas on the 18th to shoot eight under but missed his birdie attempt and had to settle for a 65.

Already one under for the day after four holes, Thomas found the target with a remarkable putt that broke at a 90-degree angle.

Driving the par-4 15th hole with a three-wood, Justin Thomash hopefully shouted after it "be as good as you look".

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.

Justin Thomas' father, Mike, was waiting for his son after his third round at the U.S. Open and had just one question. However, that would have to wait until the 18th as he left it low and walked away with a birdie.

Miller, who can best be described as outspoken and brash, was one of the best golfers in the world during the 1970s, in many cases second only to Jack Nicklaus.




Thomas - a two-time victor on the PGA Tour in 2017 who shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open - told Fox: "I was chasing 63, just because I know that's kind of the magic number".

It bounced at the front of the green and once again rolled to about six feet, but this time Thomas would not miss the putt for eagle, 63, a place in history with the lowest ever round in US Open history.

"I couldn't hit it [the approach] any better if I tried".

On his eye-catching approach to the 18th, the American added: "We were trying to make three there".

The leaderboard at the U.S. Open is looking about as crowded as an L.A. freeway at rush hour.

"I feel comfortable when I get in contention", said Thomas. "I mean, it's all pretty self-explanatory, I guess, in terms of what it means".

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