Eagle-eyed Thomas takes lead with Open record

That's the fifth 63 in U.S. Open history and 31st in all majors.

When he eagled the par-5 18th, he became just the fifth player ever to finish with a score of 63 in U.S. Open history, making him the first player since Vijay Singh accomplished the feat at Olympia Fields in 2003.

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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).

His ball ended up just over six-feet away, and Thomas looked likely to gain the outright lead with an eagle. "I had no idea about the relation to par, so that was definitely a big bonus". "But after following his birdie with another red number at 17 from 26'10" he put a stunning exclamation to his round by smashing 3-wood to 8'1" at the 677-yard 18th and draining the eagle.

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He has three victories on the PGA Tour this season, including a win at the SBS Tournament of Champions in January to kick off the year.

Thomas played his college golf at Alabama, and one Twitter user challenged his choice of what seemed to be a very Auburn-esque orange shirt for Sunday.

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When Thomas joined the lead there were seven players packed tight at seven-under, including overnight leaders Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman. "You've got a ball for me?" the elder Thomas said.

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