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

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"It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there". I'm also gobsmacked that Danny Willett WD'd with a back injury (after a first round 81). Like yesterday (after a second-round 74), I was bent out of shape.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us".

The 24-year-old Thomas carved a three-wood from the fairway to within eight feet of the cup on the 667-yard finishing par-five and drained the putt for a nine-under-par 63, the best U.S. Open round ever in relation to par.

Schauffele double bogeyed the par-3 13th hole.

This was a 4-under 68, and it propelled Johnson to 3-under through 54 holes.

So did this feel like your best round, Zach? A lot has been said about Noren's rise up the rankings, with some saying he shouldn't be quite so high as he plays predominately on the European Tour, and not against the game's best, week-in and week-out. "Got off to a good start, finished strong". I wouldn't have been able to do that without that rain last night.

McIlroy meanwhile - who earlier in the week had advised players unable to hit the fairways to "pack their bags" - was left at five over par after a second-round 71.

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DJ looked very disappointed as he was hoping to defend his title while Day and McIlroy seemed more resigned to their fate. "It's certainly the most situated".

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number. Johnson struggled with his putting throughout the day, which included four bogeys.

In January 2016, Johnson switched from Titleist clubs to those made by then-new company Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG).

"It wasn't a financial decision", he said. "A 40-year-old - I'm just being factual here - with what I've done, I'm not making decisions based on dollars. It just bleeds passion".

"PXG has really, really helped me a lot", Johnson said.

"But I saw some positives on the way in and hopefully I can take them to the Travellers next week". Johnson is said to have texted a message of congratulations to Harman, who in turn thanked Johnson and wrote back, "I wanted no part of you in a playoff". "And you can't do anything about what anybody else is doing", Fleetwood said.

"I'm excited about the future".

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"In college I normally am the longest".

Niebrugge, Talor Gooch and Kevin Dougherty, who each played at Oklahoma State, were grouped together in the first two rounds.

The par-4 15th was set up as a drivable hole - downwind and only 288 yards. And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme.

Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet. After the last two U.S. Opens, the USGA needed to avoid any miscues at all costs, and if record scoring is the result then so be it.

Sean Zak: The easy answer would be DJ, but Rahm had displayed all year an elite level of consistency.

MELL: Not yet. We've got a final round to play, and a spectacular finish could completely change the way we remember this championship.

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