Brian Harman sits atop a crowded U.S. Open leaderboard after third round

Justin Thomas made the biggest splash Saturday at the U.S. Open, but Brian Harman will be heading to the first tee with the lead for Sunday’s final round.

Georgia’s Harman shot a 5-under 67 to take the 54-hole lead at Erin Hills at 12-under ahead of the final round, emerging after a competitive day of golf that saw a slew of players nab a share of the lead at some point.

Thomas is one shot back at 11-under after a record-setting 9-under round of 63, the best score to par in a single round in U.S. Open history. He’s tied with Brooks Koepka, who birdied the 18th to get there, and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who bogeyed the last to fall out of a share for the lead.

Rickie Fowler is fifth at 10-under, followed by South Korea’s Si Woo Kim at 9-under. Seven other players are within five shots of the lead.

Tommy Fleetwood (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports)

Masters champion Sergio Garcia shot a 1-under 71 to move to 4-under, tied for 17th.

Harman has never sniffed this kind of major success before. He’s never done better than tied for 26th at any major and has never made the cut at the U.S. Open. But he’ll be in the driver’s seat for this one.

Thomas’ huge round was the story of the day. He looped in a crazy birdie putt on one hole, then finished with an eagle on the 18th fueled by a blistering approach shot on the lengthy par 5. He held the clubhouse lead at the time.

Sunday’s final round is on FOX and FOX Sports Go, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET.