Justin Thomas' historic US Open day included a circus putt

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When we spoke to Justin Thomas earlier in 2017, he had already shot a 59 and won three titles (two of which were back-to-back) this season.

Justin Thomas said he could not have hit a better shot than the stunning three-wood on 18 that enabled him to complete a history-making round in the U.S. Open on Saturday.

In addition to breaking new ground in the U.S. Open, Thomas also equalled the lowest score in any major championship and that was the landmark on his mind as he played the final hole.

A rain-softened course was protected by some fearsome pin positions as the third round of the US Open got under way at Erin Hills on Saturday.

The most impressive shot of his round was a insane sideways birdie putt from the fringe on the par-4 No. 5 hole.

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His 11 of 14 fairways hit and 14 of 18 greens in regulation were very good, but not great.

Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet. At that point in the third round, 15 golfers were still on the course. Thomas got his 63 by getting an eagle on the 18th hole.

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot 63 in the first round of the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol in New Jersey, while Vijay Singh shot 63 in the second round of the 2003 Open at Olympia Fields in IL.

His run continued just two holes later, where Thomas drained a 26-foot birdie putt to move himself in to the lead (although he was quickly joined by Tommy Fleetwood) at nine-under-par.

An updated leaderboard can be found at U.S.