Zalatoris ends in front nine on two below
A birdie on the ninth leaves Will Zalatoris two strokes short of the day and just two strokes behind the lead after a brilliant front nine that saw him take third birdies and a bogey.
This is Fitzmagic
A delicious 2.4 meter birdie in the fifth has now made up for that bogey on the opening hole and the Englishman is back three strokes off the lead. He’s par for the day and played well. He’ll be hoping this could be the start of something.
So close yet so far for McIlroy
McIlroy can’t believe it. Left in need of a big putt after a pitch, it looked like so much that McIlroy managed to secure the pair, except he didn’t have it. The ball rolled towards the hole before swaying and somehow not falling. Desperately unlucky.
Scheffler back to bite distance
Scottie Scheffler’s up-and-down start continues into the third, when he is within a shot of the leaders after an excellent iron shot gives him the easiest of birdies.
McIlroy escapes with a pair
Escaping with a pair in the first is a big boost for McIlroy after what looked like a gruesome opening shot. He got lucky with a much better-than-expected lie that saw him able to close the pair and remain just one stroke off the lead.
The course gives and the course takes away
After Scottie Scheffler’s birdie on the first has pulses racing, he just went and followed up with a bogey on the second. A bad tee shot bothered him, as did the rough one, so he should probably be grateful to get away with the bogey, as he’s now two strokes behind the lead.
A terrible start for Rory McIlroy, who tees off so far to the left that he ends up where we all want to be, in the hospitality arena. He’s going to need something special to rescue this hole.
Burns warming up
Sam Burns is now T9 and three down alongside NeSmith, Hardy and Zalatoris after a birdie in the third that leaves him one down for the day.
Scheffler just one back!
The world number one is just one stroke behind leaders Joel Dahmen and Collin Morikawa after a birdie on the first hole.
Joohyung Kim moves to two below
An impressive start for Joohyung Kim, who is now in two holes out of seven holes. He is now just three shots behind the leaders, having landed a birdie in the seventh to go with the eagle he got in the fifth. Ranked 66th in the world, Joohyung Kim is now entering the fray.
Third round business end begins
Matthew NeSmith and world number one Scottie Scheffler are about to tee off, marking the start of a race that sees the favorites and some of the best golfers in the world start their third rounds. Over the next 45 minutes, we’ll see Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa in action, and it will be interesting to see if they see the same fights we’ve seen throughout the day.
Game for Zalatoris
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Will Zalatoris is on the march with his second birdie in the first four holes after a 15-foot shot, which highlights exactly why he will be a danger to those at the top. Make no mistake, Zalatoris is now firmly in the mix.
Big round for McCarthy
As one of six players to now be at the clubhouse, it was a strong finish from Denny McCarthy, who kept his cool from six feet to finish with a round of 68 to now sit on top.
He’s currently the T24, but considering the difficulties we’ve seen from others today, you’d imagine he should be in the top 20 by the end of the day.
That’s what you call a ricochet
Hideki Matsuyama can’t believe it. A terrible tee shot saw the ball go over the scoreboard and put the Japanese star in trouble, but it was his third shot that was most unusual. His 14-yard chip on the green looked like it had been hit too hard and headed for a bunker, only for the ball to hit the post and bounce back to Matsuyama before ending up in a different bunker. He then missed the chance to par the hole, but a bad miss sees him and puts him in an over.
Zalatoris gains ground
He was tipped for a big win and Will Zalatoris started well today. A birdie on the second hole sees him one down on the day and two down on the weekend. He is now three shots behind the leaders and a strong showing this third round, especially when the others are struggling, could see him climb the leaderboard.
DeChambeau in tatters
A front nine to forget for DeChambeau, who now has five wins despite a birdie on the first. Four bogeys and a triple bogey have since seen him drop to eight.
Drainage for JT
Bad luck for Justin Thomas on the fourth hole, as an unfortunate lie sees him needing his third shot down a drain.
JT turned blue as he loudly and crudely documented his decision not to ask the referee for a drop, something he claimed many other players would have done. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, because there’s certainly an argument he would have gotten a drop. Thomas eventually missed the hole and is now back.
He might not be starting for another two hours, but Rory McIlroy has arrived at Brookline. Just a shot behind the leaders, he looked relaxed in shorts and a hoodie, but behind the AirPods will be a man focused on the task at hand. He will play alongside Aaron Wise in the third of the last group.
Does anyone know a Justin Thompson?
Confusion and bewilderment in Brookline when US Open titleholder mistakenly announces Justin Thomas as Justin Thompson.
Fortunately, the faux-pas doesn’t seem like a bad omen for JT, who hit par on his opening two holes.
Photo of the day so far?
A sensational little bird from Min Woo Lee could very well be a candidate for photo of the day.
Lee reads the green beautifully as he takes majestic 18-yard shots on the 10th. That’s going to take a beating today.
A difficult day ahead
The front nine’s score has averaged 36.80 so far, worse than the previous two rounds. With firm greens and a devilish wind we could be facing a very difficult day.
JT ready to start the third round
This year’s PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is minutes away from starting his third round. He will start in one-over and is paired alongside Seamus Power.
Hatton stops the slide
A pair in the ninth saw Tyrrell Hatton finish a bad run that saw him double-bogey, bogey, bogey. This puts English at seven and four in the day.
Scottie Scheffler is in the building!
Scheffler arrived at Brookline ahead of his bid to become the first current world number one to win the US Open since Tiger Woods.
The Masters champion had a great second round yesterday that saw him fall within two strokes of the lead and he will look to continue that march when he tees off in just under three hours.
Bryson DeChambeau birdies the first
Bryson DeChambeau, one of the controversial defectors of the LIV Golf series, started his third round well after a birdie on the opening hole.
The American has started twice but is now climbing the leaderboard as he hopes to get back into contention and challenge his second US Open.
Today’s pin positions
Jordan Spieth got off to a bad start
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open winner, finds the bunker before escaping to the first hole.
The third round is underway
The half of the 2022 US Open doesn’t look all that different from the day before it started.
There are stars and household names lined up, all in good stead to win another major championship. However, alongside them there are many pros and potential one-hit wonders.
For every Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy in the top 12 of an eclectic midway ranking, there’s a Joel Dahmen or Nick Hardy or Hayden Buckley. For every Scottie Scheffler, there is a Patrick Rodgers.
Just two shots separate Morikawa and Dahmen, who lead, from the rest of the top 12.
Four of that diverse dozen, Morikawa, Rahm, McIlroy and Scheffler, have major titles. Six more, Dahmen, Buckley, Beau Hossler, NeSmith, Rodgers and Hardy, reached this week earning spots on 36 qualifying holes in a process that starts with nearly 9,000 entrants, narrows to 870 and ends with 65 joining the others. 91 who won exemptions straight to the field.
The golf course they tackle over the weekend will be unlike any they have ever seen, not only because of the Country Club’s rugged, mountainous layout, but also because the weekend’s forecast expects 10-15 mph winds. blowing from the north.
“I would expect the weekend to get a little bit faster and a little bit hotter,” McIlroy said. “You already have to be pretty accurate, but maybe a little more accurate with everything.”
Given the way we’re on the pitch and the predictions, there’s still every chance we’ll see a surprise winner emerge, even with some established names also in contention.