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Justin Thomas shoots record-equalling 63 at US Open

18 June, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Glenda Knight

Thomas also moved into the lead with his putt at 18.

Thomas emphatically sunk six birdies over the front nine then responded with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey on the back.

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.

Thomas' 63 is just the fifth in U.S. Open history, which has seen the fewest 63s among the four major championships. After a birdie on No. 12 from a downhill lie in the fescue after his tee shot, Thomas hit an incredible 288-yard 3-wood at the reachable par-4 15th, missing the 6-foot eagle putt and settling for birdie. His putt on 18 slotted him at 11 under and two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood.

Thomas played at Alabama from 2012-13, winning the Haskins Award as the NCAA's top golfer as a freshman.

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This birdie putt on the Par 4, 504-yard 5th hole will go down as one of the greatest putts in U.S. Open history.

"I was just trying to get to 63, just because I know that's kind of the magic number; 62 is what everybody's been chasing", Thomas told Fox Sports after his round, per ESPN. "And I wouldn't have been able to do that without that rain last night, so I guess I'm thankful for that".

"But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open". I had 310 yards to the hole, but it was downwind so I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there.

"I hoped that this moment would come as soon as possible".

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