Justin Thomas has been threatening for a while to join golfers like Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Dustin Johnson as part of the sport's next generation of elite golfers, and with a record-setting round on Saturday at the U.S. Open he has a great shot to make that leap now.
Thomas became just the fifth golfer to ever shoot 63 at the U.S. Open and his 9-under score was the best ever in relation to par, breaking Johnny Miller's 44-year-old record.
The round was littered with some amazing approach shots and long putts as Thomas took advantage of overnight rains to move to 11-under, one shot off the lead by Brian Harman. However, two shots stood above the rest.
On the Par-4 fifth hole, Thomas was just off the green. He actually aimed his putt away from the hole and let it filter down to the hole, sinking one of the crazier putts you'll ever see.
Then there was the Par-5 18th hole.
Thomas, who was tied for the lead at the time at 9-under, decided to go for the green from a little over 300 yards out. He landed the ball perfectly on the fringe of the green and it rolled just past the hole for a makeable eagle putt.
Thomas shook off some nerves as he waited for the putt. He then calmly sank the putt for the record round and to take a two-shot lead into the clubhouse.
Harman would eventually birdie three of his final eight holes to take a one-shot lead.
But this is still an impressive scorecard.
Thomas and Harman will be paired together in the final group on Sunday during the final round.
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