"Yeah, yeah, I know".
Thomas broke new ground with a sensational performance in round three - his nine-under 63 representing the lowest score to par in U.S. Open history. Thomas' 9-under 63 was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont. Indeed, many a pro golfer would have been happy to escape his position with a two-putt. And then he made birdie on the next hole. There's an eagle on No. 18 that hinged on a 3-wood from 299 yards away right out of daydreams.
But Thomas had the round of the day, and one of the best in tournament history. "It sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today".
What he doesn't have to show for it is the lead.
Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes to drop back to 8 under.
Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68. Aside from Rickie Fowler - who is ranked ninth in the world, contended at the Masters two months ago, and had top-5 finishes at all four majors in 2014 - no one among the top nine can lay claim to any kind of major championship insight. At 9 under is Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim (68). At 7 under are Bill Haas (69), Brendan Steele (69), Brandt Snedeker (70) and Xander Schauffele (70).
Spieth missed the cut at The Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson before tying for second after shooting a 65 in the final round at the Colonial.
"It's going to be weird", Thomas said of the evening. And at the end of the day add them up and see how you do. So you've got to be very, very patient and stay in the moment.
The USGA has a history of pushing the envelope when setting up courses for the US championship.
No one took advantage like Fowler.
Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said. And then comes Sunday. It's nearly like 'Well, whatever I do for the rest of the year, it's going to be a good year'. It's not going to be an easy day, for sure. I still feel like I've got some game.
When asked, Harman said that he plays with a proverbial chip on his shoulder.
The 20-year-old Scheffler, who plays for the University of Texas, finished at 1-under 287.
Jordan Spieth's 2017 U.S. Open didn't go as he wanted it to. "The big catalyst has been the win that he had at Abu Dhabi at the start of the year", McGinley told Reuters before Fleetwood's final-round tee time. "Sleeping won't be a problem".
Forget about par being a good score in the U.S. Open.
Koepka is trying for his first major championship.
Harman is playing in just his eighth major, and it's only the third time he has made the cut. I was exhausted today, too. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice.