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A 94-year-old spectator has died at the U.S. Open. Following are the highlights from the second major championship of the year at Erin Hills.

Shortest course in U.S. Open history: 4,423 yards in 1896 at Shinnecock Hills. They are still about three hours away from teeing off.

Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance signing for nine-under 63 to equal the lowest numerical score in a major and the best ever in the 117-year history of the U.S. Open in relation to par.

And it doesn't stop there.

He's in contention again going into this weekend at another new Open course, Erin Hills.

In the 116 previous U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or better, never in the same tournament. He has won one tournament on the PGA Tour.

Attribute that to the Wisconsin weather.

Honest, this really is the U.S. Open. The wind wasn't almost as strong as thought.

Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy.

The 2009 British Open victor made his first appearance at the U.S. Open in three years, having secured a qualifying spot at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional.

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Earlier, Thomas mixed nine birdies and two bogeys during Saturday's third round before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-5 18th and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (nine under) in relation to par in US Open history.

Then came the par-five 14th hole. Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12. The defending champion shot a 73. The course is probably nicer to play without the wind, but if it does blow, then you'll definitely have to play proper golf.

And despite carding four birdies in his last six holes for a 71 on Friday, the four-time major victor saw his own pre-event prediction come true, having said on Tuesday that anyone who could not hit the wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home".

McIlroy put most of his difficulties down to his lack of competitive golf. It has learned to accept that in pristine scoring conditions - mainly, soft conditions - low scores don't distract from the tournament. Unfortunately for him, a finishing bogey on the 18th, the easiest hole statistically in the championship, meant he is playing catch-up. Rain for the opening two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2 contributed to Martin Kaymer opening with 65-65 (a U.S. Open record) on his way to an eight-shot victory in 2014.

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number.

Playing in the final group with Harman will be Thomas, who is almost as small but one of the longest hitters in the game.

No one from the top 17 players on the leaderboard after one round has won a major.

If somebody does it tomorrow to win the U.S. Open by one, that's the specialness of my round. About all that save Erin Hills from another onslaught was a forecast for the strongest wind of the week. "I know it's cliché, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course".

And the biggest test of all could be the USGA proving that it's not trying to protect par. "So it's pretty simple - I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough". 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. What we do talk about is making sure we can adjust the course. "Really a solid day, though, all the way around", Stricker said.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating".

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