Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

US Open at a glance

Four others are within three shots as the third round winds down.

Justin Thomas made history on Saturday when he shot a 63. He just didn't know how much history.

Brian Harman reacts on the 18th green during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

But the third-round leader at the U.S. Open?

Harman, who is playing his first major since missing the cut in all four in 2015, fired six birdies and one bogey in a 67 to claim pole position in his bid to become the first left-handed victor of the US Open.

The last six majors have produced six first-time champions and that trend looks set to continue with the leaderboard dominated by mostly unheralded names.

What a day for Justin Thomas. This unprecedented 9-under-par came here where the glaciers once receded and the cattle once grazed and the U.S. Open never turned up until now, with a card nearly as red as the Alabama Crimson Tide for whom Thomas once played.

His score in relation to par - 9 under - was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under.

"I obviously needed to nuke it", Thomas said of his 3-wood, which he later called his best of the round. It's not quite the most fearsome group of tournament leaders, but all are very strong golfers.

Kite shot even-par 72 in gusty winds in 1992 at Pebble Beach, winning by two strokes over Jeff Sluman. He birdied the fifth with a 19-foot putt.

It's just that not many people expected Harman to be in this position, leading this major championship at 12 under through 54 holes - the second lowest 54-hole mark at a U.S. Open behind Rory McIlroy's 14 under in 2011. It was shot at Oakmont when he won, but that was a par 70 course.

Elsewhere, it was a nightmare of a round for Paul Casey. On No. 7, he sank a 15 footer. They'll have that chance on Sunday at Erin Hills, though. "But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open".

A NY production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" with a Trump-like character who is assassinated added a boisterous new scene this weekend: A 24-year-old activist stormed the stage, yelling, "Do you want Trump to be assassinated?". He missed a short birdie putt on 18.

Rickie Fowler putts on the 12th hole on Saturday.

Whoever emerged victorious would definitely have earned it given the conditions which were reminiscent of the final round of the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach.

At Rancho Mirage in early April, Thompson was given the four-shot penalty with six holes to play in the final round. You won't want to miss a swing, so stay with us from 4pm BST, and soon enough we'll discover the victor of the 117th US Open.

Li, 21, turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open last year on the European Tour, securing a 2-year membership and qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

Jordan Spieth hit probably one of the best tee shots he has made all weekend at the U.S. Open.

But nearly as soon as he signed his card, Thomas was overtaken by the understated Brian Harman, who'll take a one-shot lead into tomorrow's final round after his own dazzling 63 on a day of incredible scoring.

Thomas' historic round included nine birdies, including three straight to finish the front nine.

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