Thomas bags US Open history with 63

Despite the hard finish, Hadwin leaves Erin Hills with a share of the U.S. Open record for consecutive birdies after making six in a row during his four-under 68 on Thursday.

"Yeah, first cut made, too (at the U.S. Open)", Harman said. Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka appear super-relaxed as they smile their way around the course -and the potentially ruinous meltdown Fleetwood just about fended off on 18 yesterday may stand him in good stead when the pressure rises today.

Justin Thomas landed a 3-wood on the 18th green where some players couldn't land a wedge, leaving him an 8-foot eagle putt that he calmly made for a 9-under 63 that matched one U.S. Open record and broke another.

Only six players had ever reached 10-under par at any point in a U.S. Open in the 116 previous championships.

Johnny Miller shot 63 at the 1973 US Open but it was at the par-71 Oakmont, with this week's venue Erin Hills being a par-72.

"I'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when I'm going to realize what I did", Thomas said.

Erin Hills again lacked enough wind to be the stern test the U.S. Open wants, and it showed.

Fleetwood insisted he will not be overawed by being in contention for the first time in a major championship, and he is determined to retain the same mindset he has had over the first three days. "It's still Saturday - 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open".

Walking to the 18th green, Justin Thomas knew he had a chance for history.

A ideal tee-shot left him in the centre of the fairway and he then ripped his second some 300 yards to leave himself with an eight-foot putt to clinch the lowest to par score in the history of the US Open. I still feel like I've got some game.

Dougherty struggled in the third round, with five bogeys, two double bogeys and just one birdie in an 8-over 80.

While Champ stumbled to an opening-nine 40, Scheffler continued his impressive ball striking, though he missed birdie putts of 13 feet on No. 12, 17 feet on No. 14, 16 feet on No. 15 and 6 feet on No. 16 while parring the first eight holes on the back nine. "My goal heading into this season was to take everything I was already doing, and just to make it all work a little bit better". The cut for the top 60 and ties was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.

England's Eddie Pepperell, 26, had five birdies and two bogeys in his three-under-par 69 to get to four under and remain in with a chance.

"That means I'm a part of history", he says. On the last hole I was miles out on the fourth shot and could've been looking at a seven or an eight but I hit a great chip to get a six. But he is the only one who carries the label of being the best player never to have won a major.