Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day competence not have done it to a weekend in Erin, Wisconsin, though don’t consider for a notation that a U.S. Open has mislaid all of a luster.
The inhabitant championship indispensable someone to step forward, and Justin Thomas jumped adult in fantastic fashion.
All Thomas did was tie a record primarily set by Johnny Miller during Oakmont 44 years ago by ripping adult Erin Hills with a 63. His nine-under standard score for a turn is a best relations to standard in a 117-year story of a U.S. Open.
Thomas is 11-under as he heads into Sunday’s championship round, though that turn was not good adequate to give him a lead during a end of relocating day.
Brian Harman took a lead during 12 underneath par, and he has a one-stroke lead over Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.
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Thomas set a tinge for his record-setting turn when he holed a fantastic birdie putt on a fifth hole. Thomas set his dabble in suit during a 90-degree angle from a hole, putted a turn laterally for dual or 3 feet and afterwards let sobriety take a putt another 18 feet and into a hole. He sealed his turn with an eagle on a 18th hole.
It’s a initial 63 during a U.S. Open given Vijay Singh achieved a attainment during Olympia Fields in 2003 and usually a fifth time it’s happened in contest history.
“I had no thought in terms of 9 underneath being a best in a U.S. Open,” he said, per a Associated Press (h/t Chicago Sun-Times).
“The majors have a opposite feel, with those roars,” Thomas told Fox Sports interviewer Shane Bacon on a promote after a turn (via Omnisport, h/t Yahoo Sports). “To hear a throng go crazy when we done that putt was unequivocally cool, though not usually that, some-more importantly, to give myself a improved possibility to win a tournament.”
The U.S. Open offers a fantastic financial prerogative to a leader and a high finishers. It is a top profitable contest of a year, and a esteem income is 20 percent aloft than it was in 2017.
Players are competing for $12 million, and a winner will acquire $2.16 million, according to Golf.com. That’s significantly aloft than a $1.8 million that Johnson warranted for winning a 2016 U.S. Open.
Sergio Garcia warranted $1.98 million for his Masters win progressing this year.
The initial esteem volume is a usually figure that has strictly been announced by a United States Golf Association, though with a 20 percent boost in a sum purse as good as a champion’s share, here are a projections for a U.S. Open finish as good as a estimates on a top-10 payouts. (All total are 20 percent aloft than a analogous total from 2016.)Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
2017 U.S. Open purse, winner’s share, projected esteem income payout
1. Brooks Koepka, $2,160,000
2. Justin Thomas, $1,296,000
3. Rickie Fowler, $813,070
4. Patrick Reed, $573,904
5. Brian Harman, $478,253
6. Tommy Fleetwood, $420,294
7. Si Woo Kim, $376,019
8. Bill Haas, $338,214
9. Russell Henley, $306,754
10. Louis Oosthuizen, $283,424
Koepka’s stretch and coherence should put him in an glorious position to make a assign to a title. Thomas should follow his record-setting turn with another excellent performance, though it won’t be good adequate to kick Koepka.
Fowler is streaky and he competence have a lead during some indicate in a final round, though he will settle for third place. Ryder Cup favourite Patrick Reed will be right on Fowler’s heels.
Harman will feel a vigour of sleeping on a lead in a U.S. Open, and he competence have a tough time relating what he did on relocating day.