Justin Thomas powers into US Open contention with thrilling round

Rickie Fowler

Thomas matched the feat by splitting 11 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking 25 putts.

His round began with back-to-back birdies, and although he dropped a shot on the fourth, he responded with an incredibly inventive birdie putt on the 5th that kick-started momentum for his record-breaking low round.

Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par.

In the 117 years of the U.S. Open, no one has had a day quite like Justin Thomas.

What followed was spectacular, Thomas hitting a high cut to eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt for an unprecedented nine-under 63.

England's Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead on seven under par alongside American duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman, the first four-way tie after 36 holes since 1974.




Louis Oosthuizen was five under for his round and the tournament through 13 holes, while Charley Hoffman birdied the first two to sit one off the lead at six under.

"Jimmy is it any good?"

"I didn't know (what eagle putt on 18 meant)".

When we spoke to Justin Thomas earlier in 2017, he had already shot a 59 and won three titles (two of which were back-to-back) this season.

The leaderboard at the U.S. Open is looking about as crowded as an L.A. freeway at rush hour. But Thomas was quick to say that he'd never go there. "And I wouldn't have been able to do that without that rain last night, so I guess I'm thankful for that".

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