Justin Thomas trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

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Despite the hard finish, Hadwin leaves Erin Hills with a share of the U.S. Open record for consecutive birdies after making six in a row during his four-under 68 on Thursday.

Justin Thomas made history when he shot a 63, a nine-under-par score that was the lowest relative to par in U.S. Open history. It's the first 63 at the U.S. Open since Vijay Singh in 2003 at Olympia Fields and the fifth overall in tournament history.

His 65 on Thursday tied a U.S. Open record in relation to par and was a good omen. His 9-under 63 was one stroke better than Johnny Miller's round of 63, which was 8-under at Oakmont in 1973. And wind - the course's best defense - has not been a factor at Erin Hills all week and may not be again on Sunday.

Harman, who is bidding to become the first left-hander to win the US Open, knocked in six birdies. U.S. Open lesson learned.

The disappointed 21-year-old declined to be interviewed.

Thomas eagled the par-5 18th at Erin Hills, cementing his place in history.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler, who held the halfway lead, earned solo fifth with a 68, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim a shot back alone in sixth after also carding a 68. After reaching 10 under through seven holes, he muffed two wedges and made triple bogey on his next hole.

Bacon is a UA grad and former Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter who is part of Fox Sports' new broadcast team at the U.S. Open. "But I just felt like I could get it up in the air enough to hold the green as soft as they were".

He had a chance to extend his lead to two but missed a 11-footer for birdie on 18.

Rickie Fowler, who is two shots back, said after his round Saturday that he was hoping the wind would pick up to make the course tougher.

When Thomas joined the lead there were seven players packed tight at seven-under, including overnight leaders Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.

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

"I played a lot", a smiling Harman said.

"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".

Gusts are forecast to pick up on Sunday, when a new major victor appears all but certain to be crowned with none of the top 16 on the leaderboard having previously taken out one of golf's premier strokeplay events. "As good as his college career has been, I think Scottie will have a better career as a professional".

They fearlessly attacked the pins and nobody was more ruthless than Thomas, who ripped apart the links-style layout carding nine birdies and two bogeys before capping his record-smashing effort by coolly rolling in an eight-foot putt for eagle at the par-five 18th.

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