Koepka in control and with a 1-shot lead at US Open

He has five career wins, including a WGC event and is now ranked 13th in the world.

Thomas set the U.S. Open scoring record despite registering a pair of bogeys, offsetting them with nine birdies and his closing eagle.

No. 18, 667 yards, par 5: 3-wood 330 yards.

Fowler and Thomas are staying in a house together this week, so they will have plenty to talk about Saturday night as the two young Americans try to burst out of the pack.

So, with that in mind, here's a quick rundown of Brian Harman, the man looking to convert his first 54-hole lead in a major into his first major victory... The world No50 heads the leaderboard at 12 under after a third round of 67.

Justin Thomas shot life into a tournament that deserves it because this year's event is one of the best in recent memory.

Thomas's 63 was remarkable given what might have been; he dropped shots on the 4th and 10th, before passing up a relatively simple eagle chance on the 15th.

"But at the same time, it's taken me longer to adjust to professional golf than it did to junior golf and amateur golf".

It was at the U.S. Open three years ago when Koepka tied for fourth that helped earn a PGA Tour card, and he powered his way from obscurity to his first PGA Tour victory in Phoenix, his first Ryder Cup team last fall and now a major championship.

The 24-year-old Thomas is in his third year on the PGA Tour. The total to par sets Thomas apart.

"I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done". "It was obviously an awesome day".

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said. Felt like I had a good feel for the speed of the greens today, hit a lot of good lag putts.

Thomas produced a 59 at the Sony Open in January. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.

Out of high-profile struggles has come opportunity.

The world No.13 will hope to follow up Saturday's record-breaking round by capturing the first major title of his career and he is confident of landing the top prize, revealing he is enjoying the set-up at Erin Hills.

None of the dozen have won a major, and neither have the four non-Americans (Fleetwood, Kim Si-woo, Bernd Wiesberger and Hideki Matsuyama). Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, started the day level par and was still on that mark after a couple of birdies cancelled out two bogeys in his opening 11 holes.

Harman was on top at 12 under coming into the day.

Around a dozen or players are realistically in contention on a crowded leaderboard. "But you're talking polar opposites. But when you're 5 over through four holes, you don't need to stabilize, you need to completely turn it around", Cink said. And because of that you can go out and play some great golf, but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf, as well.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Brian Harman stood on the podium with hands on hips, giving answers in the kind of matter-of-fact voice expected from someone used to the spotlight of a major championship.

Harman most recently won the Wells Fargo Championship last month by making a birdie putt on the final hole to avoid a playoff with Dustin Johnson — there's that name again — and Pat Perez.

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