Thomas exploited soggy fairways and soft greens on Saturday to shoot a dazzling nine-under-par 63, the lowest to-par score for 18 holes in US Open history. Not only that, he gave Erin Hills a piece of his mind, basically stating that the course is a reason why Thomas' score wasn't as significant. Everyone near the top had it going.
Below Harman on 12 under, three players are exhausted on 11 under - Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.
U.S. Open storylines abound and Justin Thomas joined the crowd Saturday.
The world No.13 will hope to follow up Saturday's record-breaking round by capturing the first major title of his career and he is confident of landing the top prize, revealing he is enjoying the set-up at Erin Hills.
Rickie Fowler is a shot further back on ten-under-par, Players champion Si Woo Kim is on nine-under-par, while Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman are on eight-under-par.
Fleetwood ended day three in a three-way tie for second, one shot off the leader Brian Harman, who sits on 12 under.
However with strong winds ripping across the exposed, tree-less par-72 layout on Sunday, the odds on another low-scoring day lengthened.
Reed was one of the biggest movers, powering up the board with a dazzling seven-under-par 65 that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots.
In the previous 116 U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or lower, never in the same tournament.
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. And yet, Thomas won't even walk to the first tee box Sunday with the lead.
The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead.
China's Li Haotong, who on Friday became the first player from mainland China to make the cut at a major, bombed out of contention with a 10-over-par 82.
Tom Kite knows a little something about hard conditions for the final round of the U.S. Open.
Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68.
Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.
His third round featured six birdies and an eagle (par-five 18th) and two bogeys.
The wind is gusting up to 25 miles per hour with the forecast calling for it to go as high as 30 miles per hour in the afternoon when the leaders tee off.
Early players have been struggling as the winds have made virtually every shot more treacherous. Tom Kite won his only major.