Golfer Justin Thomas was in an unprecedented zone Saturday, shooting a nine-under-par 63 to take the lead heading into the final round of the 117th United States Open Championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Thomas capped his performance, which set a record for strokes under par in a round at a U.S. Open, with an eagle at the 18th and final hole, but the most memorable part of his round came earlier in the day, when he hit an insane, miniature-golf inspired birdie putt at the 5th hole from off the green that started uphill and curved at a nearly 90-degree angle straight toward the pin, dropping in the hole.
It’s been a bizarre week at the tournament — a blimp crashed during Thursday’s first round with the pilot suffering serious injuries — but Thomas’ 18-hole performance Saturday, and especially his circus putt, should generate plenty of interest going into the final round of the tournament, traditionally held on Father’s Day.
Thomas, who has won three times this season, finished Saturday at 11-under-par, two strokes ahead of a three-man group at nine-under. His 63 also matched the lowest score ever shot in a single round at one of golf’s four major championships, which include the Masters, British Open and PGA Championship in addition to the U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open defending champion, missed the cut.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Thomas’ putt:
Live shots of Justin Thomas… ???? pic.twitter.com/psRFn85QZT
— National Club Golfer (@NCGmagazine) June 17, 2017
Justin Thomas made this off the green putt while not even facing the hole look too easy
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 17, 2017
— Fake PGA Tour (@FakePGATour) June 17, 2017
When you think practice is going to be hard and you end up doing relays…
— FloSwimming (@floswimming) June 17, 2017