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

A new cast of characters at top of US Open

A new cast of characters at top of US Open

But the record-setting performance has him on the verge of his first major championship if he is able to build off the momentum he established in Saturday's third round.

England's Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead on seven under par alongside American duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman, the first four-way tie after 36 holes since 1974. He is just one of about 13 golfers (all within five shots of the lead) with a chance to win the 117th U.S. Open. I think I hit 17 greens today which was just awesome in these conditions. He can erase that tag Sunday.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", Fowler said after his four-under 68 in the third round.

"I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992".

"I'm looking forward to my shot at it, I know it's not going to be an easy day, for sure", Fowler said.

A three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, Thomas also joined the exclusive "59" club by breaking 60 at the Sony Open, but he may have saved his best for Father's Day weekend and his quest for his first major crown.

At this point, nobody should care.

Despite his heroics at Erin Hills, Thomas did not actually finish the day on top of the leaderboard.

Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said.

Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday. "It's a pretty young leaderboard and it's jam packed".

The American Ryder Cup star then bagged a trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to finish at eight under. But it isn't a US Open course that I'm familiar with, the way it was set up. You couldn't press it too much.

But we'll let Thomas have the last word.

'I knew 63 was the magic number in majors but it was a huge bonus to be told that no-one had shot a round of nine under par before in this championship, ' said Thomas, who showed his penchant for low scores when he compiled a 59 in the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. But it will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major. He is listed at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds. "But you still have to golf your ball out there".

Scheffler birdied No. 18 for a 1-over 73 in the final round.

The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead. He has felt this kind of pressure before.

Miller, who posted his 63 in the final round of the '73 Open on a par-71 course, was unimpressed that Thomas achieved his (a U.S. Open scoring record relative to par) on a par-72 track that offered players wide fairways and soft conditions. He needs to finish the job today.

"If someone shoots 9-under tomorrow in the top few (players), then I will have to shoot 10-under, I guess", Fleetwood said.

Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention.

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