Harman leads US Open after Thomas shoots record low

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Justin Thomas made the headlines at the US Open on Saturday, but it is Brian Harman who will hold the lead on Sunday as the players head to the first tee for the final round.

Harman, shot a five-under 67 to take the 54-hole lead at 12-under par, just one shot ahead of Thomas.

The 30-year old Harman fired six birdies and just one bogey, only his second dropped shot of the week in an impressive round.

The Georgia native, who won the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this season, will be looking for his third PGA Tour win and first major title when the action gets back underway in Wisconsin on Sunday.

The story of the day, however, belonged to Thomas, who shot a nine-under 63 to break Johnny Miller’s record low score of eight-under 63 at Oakmont in the 1973 US Open. Thomas, 24, set the record despite shooting two bogeys and missing a short eagle putt after driving the green of the short par-4 15th hole.

Thomas finished his round in style on the 667-yard par-5 18th, smashing his three-wood second shot to within eight feet before rolling in the eagle putt to complete his record-breaking round.

The score also sent him shooting up the leaderboard to 11-under par, just one stroke off the lead.

Tied at 11-under with Thomas are Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood, who both shot rounds of four-under par (68).

Koepka is looking for his second win on tour, and first major, after the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fleetwood was tied with Harman on 12  under until a bogey on the last hole. The two-time European Tour winner is making just his eighth appearance in a major championship and is looking for a maiden PGA Tour win in his second US Open.

Rickie Fowler, who suffered on the back nine on Friday, roared back into contention with a four-under par round of 68 to finish at 10-under par, just two shots off the lead.

One shot further back is South Korea’s Si Woo Kim after he fired a six birdie round of 68, while the trio of Patrick Reed, Russell Henley, and Charley Hoffman lie four shots off the lead at eight-under par.


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