The 2009 British Open victor made his first appearance at the U.S. Open in three years, having secured a qualifying spot at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. "Then now, all of a sudden, they make it tough and fair but people are 12-under so people are complaining, so like, let's pick one side or the other here".
"I wish he [Miller] was calling it just to hear what he would have said", Thomas said following Saturday's stellar play.
"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", said Fowler, who has come agonizingly close to notching his first major title finishing in the top five of all four majors in 2014 including a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
Koepka's winning total of 16-under equals the lowest score to par for a US Open, matching Rory McIlroy's victory at Congressional in 2011.
The 26-year-old looked set to record his second bogey-free round of the week - nearly unheard of at the US Open - on Saturday until an unfortunate dropped shot at the last meant he fell one back of the lead. In the classic film "Tin Cup", the protagonist, Roy McAvoy, tells fellow U.S. Open contender David Simms, "Keep shooting pars, a-h--!" Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman are tied for second at 12 under, followed by Tommy Fleetwood another stroke back.
Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole.
There are five players in double digits at Erin Hills. He sank 11-foot putts for birdies on both 14 and 15 and drained a 26-footer for a birdie on 17.
This is his third appearance at the US Open, and the first time he has made the cut. He ends his weekend at Erin Hills at 1 over.
Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year's U.S. Open. Even that looks like an arduous task in part because of the massive scrum near the top of the leaderboard and in part because the length of the course doesn't lend itself to a ton of birdie opportunities for players such as Stricker, Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson who rely on precision more than distance.
The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open. He opened with a pair of tap-in birdies and putted for birdie on every hole but the par-3 13th. Even though it will be hard, I don't anticipate this being a blood-letting.
But two-time major victor Miller was quick to take the gloss of Thomas' fine achievement, hinting Erin Hills is not so much an imposing US Open venue in comparison to others on the roster.
The wind is gusting up to 25 miles per hour with the forecast calling for it to go as high as 30 miles per hour in the afternoon when the leaders tee off.
Rickie Fowler is a shot further back on ten-under-par, Players champion Si Woo Kim is on nine-under-par, while Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman are on eight-under-par.
Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day - William McGirt and Jordan Spieth. After reaching 10 under through seven holes, he muffed two wedges and made triple bogey on his next hole.