This might have been more than anyone was expecting.
Thomas, the 29th player to shoot a 63 in a major, finished the day on 11-under-par 205 to trail leader Brian Harman by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round.
Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.
Four others are within three shots as the third round winds down.
Henrik Stenson. Alex Noren.
"It would be great to follow in Justin (Rose)'s footsteps".
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.
His wavy brown hair and light beard would make him fit right in on the North Shore of Oahu, although he's from Southport, England. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major.
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Around a dozen or players are realistically in contention on a crowded leaderboard. He made an eagle on his final hole at the Sony Open in January to shoot 59, and he went on to break the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record. He ends his weekend at Erin Hills at 1 over. He dropped nine shots over the next seven holes - three double bogeys, three bogeys and one par. The USGA is providing complimentary bottled water the rest of the week.
The 26-year-old Englishman has been on the European Tour since 2011.
That's be most of Harman's life - especially his career in golf.
Fresh off his record-breaking third round, Justin Thomas is tumbling down the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.
"Did you hit it good?" asked Johnson. And then my expectations were lowered on the greens given the conditions.
Furyk reached 10-under 200 with a 67 in the third round at Olympia Fields, giving him a three-shot lead over Stephen Leaney of Australia.
"That means I'm a part of history", Thomas told reporters. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area, so it shouldn't get too physical".
The 24-year-old prodigy hit 79 per cent of the fairways as he blitzed around the course, shooting nine birdies and an eagle on the last hole.
Although he trails by two, Fowler is optimistic that he can finally land a major after a series of near-misses. "I'll probably go back to the house, pack up and then I'll come back and have a beer and watch the closing stretch". "We're definitely in good position for tomorrow". "Looking forward to the next two days".
"I felt my game was in a good place last season", Thomas said. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".
"I think that can't be underestimated having your friend with you, whether you're in leading the U.S. Open or whatever else", Fleetwood said.