Martedì, 17 Luglio, 2018

Record smashing Thomas grabs US Open lead

Pammachio Corsino | 18 Giugno, 2017, 04:20

His third-round 63 broke Johnny Miller's 44-year-old record for lowest round in relation to par in U.S. Open history. Thomas's 9-under 63 in the third round was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.

Thomas is now second to Brian Harman, who carded his second 67 of the tournament to sit at 12-under-par and one shot ahead of Thomas.

There now have been 31 rounds of 63 shot at golf's four majors.

Harman would eventually birdie three of his final eight holes to take a one-shot lead.

But with debut host course Erin Hills yielding to scores not typical of a US Open, Thomas couldn't hold the lead for more than an hour as unheralded Englishman Tommy Fleetwood topped the leaderboard at 12 under with three holes to play. It's been set up very fair and Thomas isn't the only player to prove good shots can be rewarded. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields. He had 10 scores of 3 on his card and a 2.

The world No.13 fired a brilliant nine-under-par 63 in the third round in Wisconsin.

"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas.

Justin Thomas was asked about Miller after his round, and it let to a rather light-hearted exchange.


Thomas is a golf prodigy, taught by his father Mike who is a PGA Professional. It will have a lot to live up to to look as good as Justin Thomas' 63.

"I don't know what the thinking was".

"I knew I hit it really well", he said.

Justin Thomas shot life into a tournament that deserves it because this year's event is one of the best in recent memory.

Another eagle was available when Thomas drove the short, 288-yard par-4 15th hole. His ability to generate so much distance from his small frame has been the topic of several magazine instructional articles, as if an average player could hope to make solid contact by replicating an impact position that sends Thomas onto his tippy-toes.

Thomas shook off some nerves as he waited for the putt. His first-round 73 included a triple-bogey on the par-4 eighth hole and left him on the cut line. He is chasing his first major, could win for the fourth time in 16 starts in 2016-17, and would overtake World No. 1 Dustin Johnson both in the FedEx Cup standings and the race for player of the year.

The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish. "To hear that crowd go insane when I made that putt was really cool, but not only that, more importantly, to give myself a better chance to win the tournament".

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