The comparisons were inevitable given the championship and the June 17th date--44 years to the day Johnny Miller posted 63 in the U.S. Open.
No matter how you break it down, Thomas's 9-birdie, one-eagle 63 joins a list of great major championship rounds.
Jaime Diaz's Golf World assessment:
It’s reasonable to assert that Thomas’ round, because of it’s amazing displays of explosiveness, ranks in the upper third among 63s in majors. His overall Saturday report card: A for fireworks, B for precision, and A+ for closing the show. It’s the last category where Thomas would most like to repeat his grade tomorrow.
Jeff Babineau at Golfweek.com writes up leader Brian Harman and Thomas's round like this:
Those who wish to point to soft conditions to question the quality of Thomas’ 63 (even Thomas called the conditions “not very Open-like”) should digest this: Miller’s 63 was scored on a par-71 course playing 6,921 yards. Thomas, obviously armed with far more modern equipment and a golf ball that travels farther, shot 63 on a par-72 course measuring almost 900 yards longer. Saturday, Erin Hills played to 7,818 yards.
So why was Thomas looking like he was in agony at the 18th green before sinking his eagle putt? Luke Kerr-Dineen with the photos and explanation. Get his man some PB&J's for the golf bag!
I had the privilege of speaking with Johnny Miller for Golfweek and he shared his thoughts in classic Johnny fashion.
G.C. Digital compares Thomas’s round with Johnny Miller’s, statistically.
The scorecard already has character…gulp. Will Gray reports for GolfChannel.com.
Thomas's Fox interview with Shane Bacon.