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 dull affair.
Not so on Saturday.
The third round was filled with low scores -- more players finished under par than in any other round in U.S. Open history -- including a record-breaking performance by Justin Thomas. The 24-year-old shot a 9-under 63, the lowest round under-par ever in a U.S. Open, breaking Johnny Miller's 8-under 63 at Oakmont in 1973.
But even with his historic round, Thomas, 11-under for the weekend, doesn't hold the lead. That belongs to Brian Harman at 12-under, the leftie who's been the most consistent competitor this weekend. Then there's a slew of other players at double-digits under par, including Tommy Fleetwood (11-under), Brooks Koepka (11-under) and Rickie Fowler (10-under). With the course playing like it is, no score is insurmountable, and the U.S. Open looks like it will be anyone's to win on Sunday.
Thomas has all the momentum, though. Rocking a pair of hot pink slacks on Saturday, he made two bogies, nine birdies and an eagle in his record-breaking round. Although his afternoon was full of highlights, two stick out above the rest. First was this absurd putt on the 5th hole, where he lined up facing away from the hole and used the slope to sink a birdie.
The second is this fantastic approach shot on the 18th to set him up with an eight-foot putt for eagle and the new U.S. Open record. Obviously, he made it.
"That means I'm a part of history. It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started," Thomas said, according to Sporting News. "I mean, it's all pretty self-explanatory, I guess, in terms of what it means. But just for me, I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it. Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it."
Thomas' nine-under got him into contention, but there's still work to be done. First and foremost, he'll have to overcome the one-stroke lead held by Harman, whom he's grouped with in the final pairing on Sunday.
Harman has history playing against him in the final round. No left-hander has ever won the U.S. Open. More significant, though, is his own history. He had never made the cut at the U.S. Open before this weekend, and never finished tied for higher than 26th at ant major. There's no doubt he'll surpass T26, but can he stay consistent and finish strong enough for a surprise win?
One of the favorites on Sunday will be Fowler. Thanks to a trio of birdies on the back nine in the third round, Fowler's found himself back in the mix after shooting a 73 on Friday. Without Spieth, McIlroy, Day or Johnson to compete with him at the top of the leaderboard, there will never be a better time than now for Fowler to win his first major.
Fowler is paired with Si Woo Kim (9-under) who's snuck in under the radar with three consistent rounds. If he keeps up that consistency, Kim could easily take home the title.
Those are just a few of the possible winners. You've also got the young Englishman Fleetwood and the long-driving Koepka sitting near the top of the table, ready to pounce. Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman and Russell Henley (8-under) all have a chance to make a move, as do a number of guys below them on the leaderboard.
This won't be a U.S. Open final round where you can focus in on one pairing and expect the winner to be one of those two. This field is wide open, and full of guys without a major to their name. It'll be a life-changing Father's Day for someone, and maybe not someone you'd expect.
Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.