Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Justin Thomas, pink trousers and all, drains incredible putt at US Open

Damon Campbell | 18 June, 2017, 02:03

Thomas matched the feat by splitting 11 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking 25 putts.

Already one under for the day after four holes, Thomas found the target with a remarkable putt that broke at a 90-degree angle.

Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par.

Scoring has been surprisingly low all week, but Thomas' nine birdies and an eagle helped him become just the second player in U.S. Open history (Johnny Miller 1973) to shoot a 63.

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. However, that would have to wait until the 18th as he left it low and walked away with a birdie.

Coming into the tournament, Thomas was the No. 13 ranked golfer in the world.

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"I didn't know (what eagle putt on 18 meant). So I could feel a little bit again, but I just wanted to calm myself and just try to relax over that putt".

"I wasn't trying to make three, I was just trying to make four".

What a day for Justin Thomas.

The leaderboard at the U.S. Open is looking about as crowded as an L.A. freeway at rush hour. Every time I've been in majors so far I've put so much emphasis on them and tried so hard at them that I kind of got in my way.

"Regardless, I'm going to have to go out and play a solid, good round tomorrow [Sunday]".

"I hoped that this moment would come as soon as possible".

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