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

HIGHLIGHTS-Golf-US Open Day Three

HIGHLIGHTS-Golf-US Open Day Three

He saw Fowler snare a lead that would hold up all the long day on the long course (7,741 yards) and match the US Open first-round record against par, held for 37 years by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, whose 63s burned up the par-70 Baltusrol in New Jersey. It was one of many highlights of an exceptional third round, one that left Thomas with the two-stroke clubhouse lead at -11.

The 24-year-old world number 13 produced a magnificent eagle three on the 600-yard 18th hole to crown a spellbinding display that was the lowest to par score in the tournament's history.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

Miller mostly took exception with Erin Hills' massive fairways, a stark departure from the USGA's preference to take its premier event to courses with narrow corridors and thick rough.

He hit a 3-wood from 310 yards on the par-5 18th to set up his eagle putt.

The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend. Only Louis Oosthuizen, Zach Johnson and Sergio García realistically have the prospect of another major win from here, with even that trio's chances highly remote.

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

Adding to the logjam are Australian Marc Leishman, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, Americans Xander Schauffele and Jamie Lovemark and South Korean Kim Si-woo all on six under, leaving 14 players within one stroke of the lead. Casey walked from the 18th green at four under after posting 75.

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But Eduardo Vargas and the reigning back-to-back Copa America champs battled back to score twice in the final 10 minutes to secure three points.

Justin Thomas making it look easy. The Texan's 65 propelled him from an earlier position of 33rd to the upper echelons of the leaderboard at eight under, thereby conjuring memories of the Ryder Cup brilliance that Reed has not consistently replicated in stroke play tournaments.

Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine previous year and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: "You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events". You're talking one-on-one competition against 155.

Of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a major, none went on to win.

"Every time I've been in majors so far, I've put so much emphasis on them and tried so hard".

"This week I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt".

Casey and Harman tee off in the final pairing of the day at 2.29pm (1925 GMT).

A major regularly criticised for brutality was dangerously close to providing gripping entertainment.

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