"I don't know what I'm going to feel tonight or if I'm going to sleep well". Thomas may not need to do that again, but it seems pretty clear that he need to go low.
Thomas came into the U.S. Open as the 13th-ranked player in the world, with seven top-10s and more than $4.8 million in prize money in just 15 starts this season.
In July, Robert Streb became the 30th golfer to shoot 63 at the majors at the US PGA Championship. He made birdie on the 12th out of waist-high hay. In all, he made nine birdies and an eagle.
"Obviously, the [eagle] finish was awesome".
"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day".
"It was definitely conducive for good scores today".
What he doesn't have to show for it is the lead.
At Rancho Mirage in early April, Thompson was given the four-shot penalty with six holes to play in the final round.
Rickie Fowler putts on the 12th hole on Saturday. The 21-year-old South Korean became the youngest Players Championship victor in history last month. Kim is three shots back and one ahead of Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman. At 7 under are Bill Haas (69), Brendan Steele (69), Brandt Snedeker (70) and Xander Schauffele (70).
One stroke back are a trio of Americans in J.B. Holmes, Jamie Lovemark and first-round leader Fowler. Fowler is sharing a house this week with Thomas, so he said, "I want to hear some stories". The course took an inch of rain overnight, making it about as menacing as a Golden Retriever puppy. Following are highlights from the second major championship of the year at Erin Hills. "You never know how the USGA is going to set it up tomorrow", he said.
"I think this week the scores have been low because the weather has been so good". When you're doing that, you've got to be able to put it on the green. It doesn't matter how long the course is. "And this week it's been key, I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, 'All right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt and at the end of the day add them up and see how you do'".
Thomas and Fowler are staying together in a rental home this week.
Duly noted. On the other hand, there's an argument that Thomas' nine birdie, one eagle and two bogey round had as many explosives and ended more dramatically than any 63 in a major ever. It's not going to be an easy day, for sure. But it was getting dark and I wore colored glasses then.
Around a dozen or players are realistically in contention on a crowded leaderboard.
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.
The leader Harman has been smart and steady, and knows how to get the job done; he held off Dustin to win the Wells Fargo in North Carolina a couple of months ago, raking home a long putt on the last.
The disappointed 21-year-old declined to be interviewed.
If the names atop the leaderboard were Spieth and Johnson and McIlroy and Mickelson, Sunday's final round would be touted as potentially the greatest finish in U.S. Open history. "Sleeping won't be a problem".
"I have pictured winning the US Open a lot of times before".
The final round is set up to see a first-time major victor in 2017.
"We're breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped. "I'm proud of the way I hung in there today".
"And my short game is pretty good. But I was really swinging it well and thought I could give it a little bit more on the tee shot and have a nine-iron into the green".