Johnny Miller has poured cold water over Justin Thomas breaking his ‘low score in relation to par’ record at the US Open during the third round at Erin Hills.
Thomas finished with a stunning eagle-three at the par-5 18th to fire a round of 9-under 63, bettering Miller’s previous record of an 8-under 63 in the final round of the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.
It also moved Thomas up to tied second on the leaderboard and just one shot behind 54-hole leader Brian Harman, who posted a 67.
But two-time major winner Miller was quick to take the gloss of Thomas’ fine achievement, hinting Erin Hills is not so much an imposing US Open venue in comparison to others on the roster.
“Taking nothing away from 9-under par – 9 under is incredible with US Open pressure, but it isn’t a US Open course that I’m familiar with the way it was set up,” said Miller.
Okay, Miller makes a valid point – Erin Hills, which is making its US Open debut, has yielded much lower scores than we’ve been accustomed to when it comes to golf’s second major of the year.
Depicted none better than the halfway cut mark falling at a record low of 1-over and the third-round lead reaching 12-under.
But come on Johnny, don’t get too bitter about it.
Harman leads on 12-under by one shot over Thomas, his compatriot Brooks Koepka and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, with Rickie Fowler lurking a further shot back on 10-under par.
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