5 things to watch for on Sunday at the US Open

The 24-year-old world number 13 produced a magnificent eagle three on the 600-yard 18th hole to crown a spellbinding display that was the lowest to par score in US Open history.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday. That belongs to Brian Harman at 12-under, the leftie who's been the most consistent competitor this weekend.

The left-hander shot a 67 to reach 12 under and take a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood. It cost Thomas his two bogeys, one the par-4 fourth hole where he had distance control problems from the fescue.

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There are 23 golfers within four shots of the lead and 42 players under par.

One stroke back are a trio of Americans in J.B. Holmes, Jamie Lovemark and first-round leader Fowler.

Justin Thomas on Saturday became the fifth player to post a 63 in a U.S. Open, joining Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Vijay Singh but Thomas is the only one to do it on a par-72 course.

He ended up with two birdies and no bogeys over his last five holes.

However, with the overnight rain improving scoring conditions, Reed overcame some testing pin positions to card four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, before firing four birdies in five holes from the 12th. "Doing it all night is not going to help and not make any difference, let's just concentrate on each day as it comes", he said. "I needed to hit a lot of fairways, and if I do that, I'm going to play well".

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

"I'm going to enjoy my time tonight with my little girl and my wife".

With so many golfing stalwarts banished, Thomas stepped into the breach with a game as flashy as the pink trousers he wore.

"Oh, gosh, Jimmy, be good", Thomas said to his caddie, Jimmy Johnson.

His purple patch has instilled the belief he's ready to become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor, a run started by Jason Day at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

"Obviously, the finish was awesome", he said right after he finished his round, when he held a temporary two-shot lead.

He might need one at this rate.

But Thomas is no stranger to records.

"I'm a part of history".

"Fun, I know that", Thomas said, and he said this at a U.S. Open, an event which, he said nearly poetically, "is known for making you kind of hate yourself and hate golf".

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this", Day said. "I had no idea about the relation to par, so that was definitely a big bonus".

That second-place finish earned him $1 million, moved him into the top 50 and secured his spot in both this year's Masters and U.S. Open. Two bogeys somehow add to the luster. Despite dropping out of a share of the lead, Fleetwood will take the same mindset into Sunday's final round as he remains in contention of a major championship that he said would be life-changing.

"(The wind is) going to blow and the scores could be a good deal higher tomorrow if the weather comes to what they're predicting", Harman said. "I was just happy that I was the one to take advantage of it today".

But the work is not done. "But it will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major". Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds. He was 5 shots back with a bus load of players between him and the top of the leaderboard, so he knew what he needed. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major.

Harman, 30, joined the PGA Tour in 2012 and has won two tournaments, including the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year. It's interesting to see where the USGA has gone with the U.S. Open, being a little more friendly than in years' past. But he's playing in just his eighth major championship and his first since 2015.

With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth missing the cut at the U.S. Open, the final two rounds of the major from Erin Hills looked like it would be a tiresome affair.

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