Erin Hills continues to produce a wide-open Open

ERIN, Wis. – The consensus opinion after two days in America’s dairyland was that the congestion that defined the first two days at the U.S. Open would only be cleared by an increasingly difficult golf course.

As has been the case all week at the build-it-and-they-will-come venue nothing could have been further from the truth.

Instead of a return to the norm, to a time when when par is the goal and bogeys can feel like moral victories, Saturday’s action turned out to be more of the same with another barrage of low scoring and a championship record round that did nothing to break the gridlock.

Justin Thomas, who began Day 3 five strokes off the pace, became the first player to post a 9-under card in America’s national championship, breaking the record set by Johnny Miller at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Thomas’ 63, which included two bogeys, moved him two strokes clear of the field at 11 under par on a course that has been transformed into the Greater Milwaukee Open by plenty of rain and winds that have yet to reach anything more than a gentle breeze.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Erin Hills was supposed to be a bomber’s golf course where only a handful of players had a chance to win, where disaster awaited on the

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