Justin Thomas shoots 63, but Brian Harman takes 54-hole lead

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Justin Thomas shoots 63, but Brian Harman takes 54-hole lead

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Justin Thomas shoots 63, but Brian Harman takes 54-hole lead

The U.S. Open is kicking into its stretch run!

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UPDATE No. 35 (8 p.m ET): Here’s your recap for the day!

UPDATE No. 34 (7:38 p.m ET): Brian Harman hits his third shot on the 18th to mid-range. He has the putt for birdie, 66, 13 under and a two-shot 54-hole lead, and … it misses agonizingly low. But that’s still 12 under and a one-shot lead.

UPDATE No. 33 (7:32 p.m ET): Great par pitch from Fleetwood gets him an up-and-down for bogey. But he stall falls to 11 under and out of the lead. Koepka birdies to finish at 11 under. Both shot 68. A Harman par or better means he’s the 54-hole leader.

UPDATE No. 32 (7:28 p.m ET): It’s only getting worse!

UPDATE No. 31 (7:25 p.m ET): Tommy Fleetwood, oh no!

UPDATE No. 30 (7:00 p.m ET): How about Brian Harman! A month after a monumental win at the Wells Fargo Championship, he’s closing in on a 54-hole co-lead at the U.S. Open. Harman makes back-to-back birdies to reach 12 under and tie Fleetwood for the lead.

UPDATE No. 29 (6:55 p.m ET): Oh no! Tough miss for Tommy! His ball curls across the cup to the left. That’s a tough one. But he’s still in the solo lead. Brian Harman may catch him in a moment, though…

UPDATE No. 28 (6:50 p.m ET): Holy Tommy Fleetwood! The Englishman birdies 12, 14 and 15 to take the solo lead at 12 under. And then he STUFFS it (with some luck) at 16. He’ll have what looks like a 6-footer to move to 13 under and a two-shot lead.

UPDATE No. 27 (6:44 p.m ET): Rickie Fowler makes three straight birdies. At 10 under, he’s now within one!

UPDATE No. 26 (6:34 p.m ET): Well, well. Tommy Fleetwood birdies 12 and 14, and he’s suddenly tied for the lead with Thomas at 11 under. Koepka and Harman are one back at 10 under.

UPDATE No. 25 (6:21 p.m ET): We’ll get away from JT for a bit here. He was two ahead when he closed his 63. That lead has been cut in half. Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman have both reached 10 under to get within one.

UPDATE No. 24 (5:56 p.m ET): Something else to note about Thomas’ round: It ties the record for low round in a major championship (63). There have been 31 63s in major championship history, shot by 29 different players. JT now joins that illustrious club.

UPDATE No. 23 (5:41 p.m ET): What a day, Justin. Thomas finishes birdie-eagle to shoot 9-under 63. That’s a U.S. Open single-round record in relation to par. Johnny Miller had previous record at 8 under (it was also a 63). Miller’s was during the final round of the ’73 Open and led him to victory. Will JT follow? He’s now 11 under overall and two ahead.

UPDATE No. 22 (5:25 p.m ET): JT has done it! He calmly rolls in the putt, and there’s the record!

UPDATE No. 21 (5:18 p.m ET): Justin Thomas!!! What a second shot at the par-5 18th. Drills an incredible cut from 299 yards to 8 feet. He’ll have that eagle putt to shoot 9-under 63! That would set a U.S. Open single-round record in relation to par. Johnny Miller holds the current record with his 8-under 63 in the final round of the ’73 U.S. Open.

UPDATE No. 20 (5:09 p.m ET): Justin Thomas birdies 17 to reach 9 under. That grabs him the outright lead for a second until Fleetwood catches him. Thomas comes to the par-5 18th. It’s probably not reachable, but still … eagle here and JT shoots 63.

UPDATE No. 19 (5:01 p.m ET): We’ve dropped one, but it’s still a six-way tie for the lead. Reed, Thomas, Hoffman, Koepka, Fleetwood and Harman. Only Reed is finished.

UPDATE No. 18 (4:38 p.m ET): Justin Thomas hits an unbelievable drive at the par-4 15th that lands 10 feet past the pin, bounces forward and then uses a backstop to come back within 6 feet of the hole. He had that for eagle and the outright lead, but he couldn’t get it to drop. That’s still a birdie and a share of the lead at 8 under. Eight birdies today for JT.

UPDATE No. 17 (4:38 p.m ET): Justin Thomas hits an unbelievable drive at the par-4 15th that lands 10 feet past the pin, bounces forward and then uses a backstop to come back within 6 feet of the hole. He had that for eagle and the outright lead, but he couldn’t get it to drop. That’s still a birdie and a share of the lead at 8 under. Eight birdies today for JT.

UPDATE No. 16 (4:26 p.m ET): We have a four-way tie for the lead. Koepka birdies No. 5 to put himself in a tie with Reed, Fleetwood and Hoffman.

UPDATE No. 15 (4:15 p.m ET): Hey, that’s a 65 for Patrick Reed. A 7-under round nearly ties the U.S. Open single-round record in relation to par. Three others (Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus, 63s at ’80 Open, Rickie Fowler, 65 in first round this week, and Chez Reavie and Hideki Matsuyama, 65s in second round this week) have shot 7 under. Johnny Miller once shot 8-under 63 in a U.S. Open. Reed actually lipped out short putt for 64 and a tie for that record 8-under round. Regardless, he’s 8 under overall and tied for the lead at the moment.

UPDATE No. 14 (3:55 p.m ET): Charley Hoffman birdies Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8. That’s 5 under for the day. He’s now in solo lead by one at 9 under.

UPDATE No. 13 (3:45 p.m ET): Patrick Reed, baby! Captain America birdies 16 to move 8 under overall. At 7 under for the round, if Reed plays his final two hole in -1 or better, he makes Open history. Lowest single-round score in a U.S. Open is 7 under.

UPDATE No. 12 (3:35 p.m ET): Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka both birdie No. 1. That makes each 8 under and co-leaders.

UPDATE No. 11 (3:31 p.m ET):  Patrick Reed birdies 12, 13 and 15 to go 6 under for the day and 7 under overall. Tied for the lead. Fitting, as Captain America has worn red, white and blue all three days.

UPDATE No. 10 (3:25 p.m ET):  Welcome to the co-lead, Rickie Fowler. A birdie on No. 1 moves him to 7 under. That makes it a seven-way tie for the lead.

UPDATE No. 9 (3:13 p.m ET):  Justin Thomas won’t stop! He rolls in another long putt at the ninth and that’s three straight birdies and four in five holes. JT is now tied for the lead at 7 under.

UPDATE No. 8 (3:06 p.m ET):  Yeah, A TON of birdies out there so far today. It’s getting ridiculous (in a good way)…

UPDATE No. 7 (2:55 p.m ET):  No amateur has won a major since the 1933 U.S. Open. Scottie Scheffler could change that. The incoming Texas senior has reached 5 under after a 4-under 32. He’s just two back, and this guy has plenty of firepower. Watch out!

UPDATE No. 6 (2:45 p.m ET):  Justin Thomas, this is ridiculous. What a birdie putt. Oh, and he made another at the seventh to reach 5 under. He’s just two back.

UPDATE No. 5 (1:55 p.m ET): King Louis! Oosthuizen is 4 under through 10 and now 4 under overall and just three back. Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas are also 4 under overall after hot starts.

UPDATE No. 4 (12:50 p.m ET): Jack Maguire eagles the opening hole and is now 3 under for the tournament. He follows up with par and is now just four off the lead.

UPDATE No. 3 (11:58 a.m ET): So far, not much going for Spieth. He is 1 over on the round through five holes and 1 over for the tournament, too. He’ll need to get stupid hot for the remainder of the tournament this second to have any chance.

UPDATE No. 2 (11:45 a.m ET): Look at Zach Johnson! Longest course in U.S. Open history? Who cares! Short-hitting ZJ goes out in 3-under 33 and is now 2 under. That’s just five back.

UPDATE No. 1 (11:13 a.m ET): Welcome to Round 3! In the early stages of Round 3, Matt Kuchar is making a move. After making the cut on the number at 1 over, Kuuuuch birdies Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to reach 2 under. He only started the day eight back, you never know…

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