Harman looks for major breakthrough at US Open

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Brian Harman will head into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one-stroke lead, after overhauling record-breaker Justin Thomas on an enthralling, low-scoring Saturday (US time) at Erin Hills.

Thomas is in a three-way tie for second, alongside England's Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka with American Brian Harman leading the event after a four-under 68.

The 24-year-old Thomas eagled the 18th hole, to cap off a 9-under 63 on Saturday to get him to -11 for the tournament, making it the lowest score in relation to par in U.S. Open history and Las Vegas likes him to keep rolling into Sunday.

Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open, and the first with a score of 9 under.

Thomas' 3-wood from 299 yards banked into the front of the green and trickled purposely towards the pin on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler, who held the halfway lead, earned solo fifth with a 68, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim a shot back alone in sixth after also carding a 68.

Patrick Reed (65), Russell Henley (67) and Charley Hoffman (68) shared the seventh spot at eight-under 208 total.

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Amazingly by US Open standards, five players are at 10 under or better - and none of them have won a major previously, meaning the current streak of six majors in a row to newcomers will likely extend tomorrow. I wish he was calling it just to hear what he would have said.

A four-under-par 68 left him at 10 under heading into the final today, two behind the lead. He showed spunk after holding off Johnson at Wells Fargo, a victory that secured him a spot at Erin Hills. Fowler smiled when he said it would be great to listen to Thomas recount his 63 when the two got back to the house. All told, there were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday on the par-72 layout. Spieth has said that he feels that he is striking the ball well, but that he is trying to get more consistent on and around the greens. But it was getting dark and I wore colored glasses then.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said.

A U.S. Open short on big names - with a leaderboard that at times seemed like a phonebook of random people - found a bright star under a partially cloudy sky at Erin Hills.

A four-time victor on the PGA Tour, Thomas was simply pleased to be in contention after his tremendous round. Kite says "I don't anticipate this being a bloodletting".

Thomas' round also equals the low number for any round of a men's major championship. For me to go out and win when it was the first time playing the course does a lot for my confidence and my career. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it. I was just happy that I was the one to take advantage of it today". He's also hoping he can shake the idea that he's the best player never to have won a major.

But two-time major victor Jordan Spieth proved a good score was still possible, the 2015 champion carding five birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to finish one over par overall.