Justin Thomas' historic US Open day included a circus putt

Jonathan Hernandez
June 18, 2017

Around 70 minutes earlier, compatriot Patrick Reed had faced a similar length putt to Thomas on the 18th to shoot eight under but missed his birdie attempt and had to settle for a 65.

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

Playing the massive final hole, Thomas hit a 330-yard drive leaving 299 yards to the hole.

Thomas broke the US Open record for low round in relation to par. His putting, and the 300-yard fairway shot to eight feet on hole 18 were exceptional.

His ball ended up just over six-feet away, and Thomas looked likely to gain the outright lead with an eagle.

Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman are tow shots back while entering the back nine. Once again he called after his three-wood, this time to his caddie.

Oh, I see. The birdie was the third of the day through five holes for Thomas, and he followed it with another long birdie at No. 7 (this one a more traditional aim-for-the-cup variety).

During his historic Saturday run to get himself at the top of the leaderboard at the US Open, the 24-year-old used some of his skills he must have acquired from mini-putt at the par-4 fifth hole at Erin Hills.

Add Justin Thomas to the list of golf greats below. But what he wanted more than most was to get in to contention during the final-day of a major.

"But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open".

"Regardless, I'm going to have to play a good round tomorrow", Thomas said. "I mean, it's all pretty self-explanatory, I guess, in terms of what it means".

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

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