Justin Thomas powers into US Open contention with thrilling round

Posted June 18, 2017

Justin Thomas had himself a day.

Thomas had just rolled in an 8-footer for eagle at No. 18 for a record 9-under 63 at Erin Hills, the lowest score in relation to par at the U.S. Open. Thomas's 9-under 63 in the third round was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.

Justin Thomas played two seasons for the Alabama men's golf team before turning professional in 2013.

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Check out the video below as Justin hits a 300-yard second shot leading to an eagle on the 667 yard Par 5 - 18th hole.

His round began with back-to-back birdies, and although he dropped a shot on the fourth, he responded with an incredibly inventive birdie putt on the 5th that kick-started momentum for his record-breaking low round.

During his historic Saturday run to get himself at the top of the leaderboard at the US Open, the 24-year-old used some of his skills he must have acquired from mini-putt at the par-4 fifth hole at Erin Hills.

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His 11 of 14 fairways hit and 14 of 18 greens in regulation were very good, but not great. At that point in the third round, 15 golfers were still on the course.

Thomas led by two when he signed his card, although Tommy Fleetwood and Brain Harman duly closed the gap to one.

"I was just trying to get to 63, just because I know that's kind of the magic number; 62 is what everybody's been chasing", Thomas told Fox Sports after his round.

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Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot 63 in the first round of the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol in New Jersey, while Vijay Singh shot 63 in the second round of the 2003 Open at Olympia Fields in IL.