Justin Thomas Fires 63, Breaks Johnny Miller’s U.S. Open Record

Justin Thomas fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday at Erin Hills, breaking Johnny Miller’s 43-year-old U.S. Open record.

 

The 24-year-old started the day at just 2-under (T24), but after a 5-under front-nine, which included six birdies and a bogey, Thomas made his presence known on the leaderboard.

His back nine started somewhat slow with a bogey and birdie (even-par through 5 holes). But then Thomas got white-hot, starting with a birdie on 15, quickly followed by another one on 17.

Thomas, the 13th ranked player in the world, who already has three wins on the PGA Tour season, capped off his record-breaking round with an eagle on 18.

Thomas is at 11-under for the tournament, and holds the clubhouse lead after 54-holes.


Johnny Miller

After his round, Thomas was asked what he’ll say to Johnny Miller.

“I don’t know, but I’ll be happy,” said Thomas. “Wish he was calling it, to hear what he would’ve said.”

Update: Miller has checked in. In classic Johnny Miller form.

Twitter had a blast with Johnny Miller.


The Historic Round Recap

Here’s a video clip of JT’s historic highlights in under three minutes.


Confirming The Record

ESPN Stats confirms that Thomas’s 63 is the “lowest score-to-par in U.S. Open history.

According to ESPN Stats: “Of the 31 times someone has shot 63 in a major championship, only seven of those times has the player gone on to win that major, most recently Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon last year in the Open Championship.”


Historic Scorecard

Thomas finished his round 31-32-63, with nine birdies, six pars, two bogeys, and one historic eagle.


What They’re Saying

Some of his contemporaries have congratulated Thomas via Twitter.


Photo Gallery

Here’s a handful of photos from Getty Images of Justin Thomas during round three at Erin Hills.

 

 

 

 

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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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