Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Fleetwood, who shot 68, overtook Thomas for the lead with a birdie at 15 and missed an opportunity to get to 13 under when his birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole rolled over the left lip of the cup.

The American lit up Erin Hills in round three, firing a nine-under 63 to post the lowest score to par in the tournament's history.

The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major.

Fowler has the best chance, even though he lost so much ground over the final two hours. Aside from Rickie Fowler - who is ranked ninth in the world, contended at the Masters two months ago, and had top-5 finishes at all four majors in 2014 - no one among the top nine can lay claim to any kind of major championship insight. So far, there have been 49 rounds in the 60s. And if his hot pink trousers were not enough, he did it in style.

"All Jimmy (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I were trying to do is give ourselves a best chance to make a four".

Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.

"I got here by working hard and staying in the moment", said the Georgian, a man clearly in love with cliches. -Thomas on the meaning of his record-setting 63.

"Once I found out we had a putt, I said yeah let's do it, let's try to become a part of history", Thomas said.

"I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the 23-year-old said. I think I hit 17 greens today which was just awesome in these conditions.

And he still has a long way to go.

Alabama Alum Justin Thomas had a historic day Saturday, during the 3rd Round of the US Open. Five players are at double-digit under par through 54 holes. He rolled a long birdie putt off the sixth green and made bogey, and he dropped two more shots with three-putt bogeys. Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman are tied for second at 12 under, followed by Tommy Fleetwood another stroke back. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.

"If someone shoots 9-under tomorrow in the top few (players), then I will have to shoot 10-under, I guess", Fleetwood said. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. "I know I'm going to be nervous, I just need to harness that as best I can".

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

Thomas, a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. He has won three PGA Tour events, including the Sony Open, where he eagled his final hole of the first round for 59 and went on to win with a tour-record 72-hole score of 27-under 253.

The former Georgia golfer is the leader at the 2017 U.S. Open going into Sunday after firing a 67 on Saturday.

Thomas' 3-wood from 299 yards banked into the front of the green and trickled purposely towards the pin on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open. 9-iron to 10 feet.

Indeed, it was a round for the ages, climaxed by a 310-yard 3-wood approach to the 18th green that expired only seven-feet from the cup. Tiger Woods, playing on a bad knee that would eventually require reconstructive surgery, sunk a 72nd-hole birdie putt to put him in first place alongside 45-year-old Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines.