Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Staying that deep into the red might not prove as easy.

The US Open is set for a fascinating final day at a new venue that has yielded much lower scores than this tournament would usually allow - today being the lowest daily average score to par in the tournament's 117 years.

Whatever happens, the championship is set to crown a first-time major victor, as the closest previous major champion is Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for 17th at four-under.

In addition to being the first to register nine-under score, Thomas also became just the fifth man in the history of the US Open to score 63. He's one shot back of the lead shared by four golfers who tee off later Saturday. They are one and two shots respectively, behind leader Brian Harman.

This isn't like most Opens.

Indeed, it was a round for the ages, climaxed by a 310-yard 3-wood approach to the 18th green that expired only seven-feet from the cup. It led to an eagle to close out his 63.

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ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Brian Harman stood on the podium with hands on hips, giving answers in the kind of matter-of-fact voice expected from someone used to the spotlight of a major championship.

Entering this week's U.S. Open, the past six major championships have been captured by first-time winners. And he wasn't through. His third round featured six birdies and an eagle (par-five 18th) and two bogeys.

NOTES: Patrick Reed, who shot a 65 on Saturday, wore a red, white and blue ensemble that included the blue trousers he wore during the 2016 Ryder Cup, when the United States captured its first title since 2008. And then Morgan came undone. "The key was ending the front-nine with three birdies".

Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212. Results are not what will make this a great week at Erin Hills for the 50-year-old Stricker.

Thompson won the Kingsmill Championship last month in Virginia for her eighth LPGA Tour title after losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalized four strokes for a rules violation reported by a television viewer.

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As dominant as Woods was, he never reached 10-under par until the final round.

He bogeyed the 10th hole when he hit a bad second shot right of the green.

Of course, the triple bogey was one of Casey's few blemishes through two days of play, and if he can avoid any other disastrous holes like that one, he should have a good shot at fighting for a win at Erin Hills. No one had a chance.

Thirty-two players had sub-par rounds on Saturday, the most ever for the third round.

"Winning would change my life, I know that, but I've pictured winning the US Open a lot of times before".

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting. Furyk closed with a 72. "And the greens are absolutely lovely, but not too hard to putt". The players certainly took advantage of those conditions. He sank 11-foot putts for birdies on both 14 and 15 and drained a 26-footer for a birdie on 17. He had a six-shot lead at the turn but hit only three fairways on the nine and missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th for a 70.

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