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Zalatoris And Fitzpatrick Lead As McIlroy, Morikawa Falter At US Open

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2022-06-19T00:03:59.905Z

WATCH: RAHM’S DISASTROUS FINISH

Ouch 🙈US Open leader Jon Rahm thins it into the face in the fairway bunker on 18 and goes on to make double. pic.twitter.com/8OA2AqnIrh June 18, 2022

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Well that was something. After taking the solo lead, Jon Rahm finds the bunker off the tee on 18 and takes two attempts to get out, before finding his ball plugged in the greenside trap for his fourth. When all is said and done, it’s a double-bogey for the Spaniard and a third-round 71 that will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

It’s set up for a thriller tomorrow…

2022-06-18T23:48:10.864Z

RORY CLOSES WITH PAR

That wasn’t vintage McIlroy but he did amazingly to get in the clubhouse at one-under. A quick hook off the 18th looked to have the Northern Irishman in all sorts of bother but he was able to recover and give himself a look at birdie from 25 feet.

It didn’t drop but the par sees him round in 73 that has him four back for now. Behind, leader Jon Rahm is in serious trouble. Watch this space.

2022-06-18T23:35:02.903Z

RAHM HITS THE FRONT

The lead has chopped and changed all day today, and the latest to take sole possession is defending champion Jon Rahm. The Spaniard has timed his run to perfection and adds a third birdie in four holes courtesy of a six-footer at the short par-4 17th. Can he hit the green at 18? Time will tell…

2022-06-18T23:31:49.775Z

MCILROY AND SCHEFFLER SAVE PAR

Rory McIlroy seems unable to hit a green in regulation today. Luckily, his par putting has been utterly immense. At the short par-4 17th, the Northern Irishman drops in a 12-footer to remain at one-under and within three. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: THAT. COULD. BE. HUGE.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler follows McIlroy’s lead on 18, holing from 14ft to save par and post a one-over 71. He’ll head into Sunday at two-under and in contention to bag a second major of 2022.

2022-06-18T23:24:08.605Z

WHY CAN NOBODY HIT THE 18TH GREEN?

It doesn’t look overly windy, so I’m wondering why nobody can take enough club to carry the trap at 18 and avoid a costly late camel (if you know, you know). Scottie Scheffler is the latest to fall foul after getting back to -2 with a birdie at 17.

He’ll be desperate not to give that shot straight back and remain within two of the clubhouse leaders.

2022-06-18T23:19:12.375Z

RAHMBO!!

And just like that, three are tied at the top. Jon Rahm joins Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris at four-under thanks to a boooooooooooomb on the 15th. The Spaniard has three holes holes left to play on this tricky day of scoring at The Country Club. Can he surge ahead and take a lead into Sunday?

2022-06-18T23:11:10.577Z

SCHEFFLER BIRDIES | MCILROY SAVES PAR

A birdie at 17 has Scheffler moving in the right direction again. He’s now only two behind the leaders at two-under and in position to capture his second major of the year.

Behind the World No. 1, Rory McIlroy makes another great par save, smashing in a nine-footer at the 15th. He backs it up with a sensational sandy up-and-down on the 16th as his grinding Saturday continues.

2022-06-18T23:07:10.657Z

FITZPATRICK BOGEYS 18 FOR 68 TO SHARE CLUBHOUSE LEAD

After briefly taking the solo lead, a bogey at the 18th sees Fitzpatrick join Zalatoris on four-under. The Englishman found the bunker in two and failed to get up-and-down, meaning he had to settle for a closing 68 that will likely see him claim a spot in the final group on Sunday for the second major in a row.

2022-06-18T23:03:59.012Z

RAHM BIRDIE TAKES HIM WITHIN TWO

Jon Rahm at the 2022 US Open

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The Spaniard has hung tough today and is reaping the rewards. A birdie at the par-5 14th gets him back to three-under, the score on which he started the day. It takes him within two of Matt Fitzpatrick but the Englishman is struggling up ahead.

2022-06-18T23:00:03.010Z

MORIKAWA’S MISERY CONTINUES

What is going on with Collin Morikawa today? After looking imperious on Friday, he’s performing worse than me in a monthly medal today. So bad in fact, he’s fallen off the Golf Monthly leaderboard.

A double-bogey at the 13th takes him six-over for the day and one-over for the tournament, having held a share of the lead after 36 holes.

2022-06-18T22:54:05.034Z

FITZPATRICK TAKES SOLO LEAD

What a move from Matt Fitzpatrick. Having tied the lead of Zalatoris, the Englishman has now moved one clear with a third birdie in four holes courtesy of an eight-footer at the 17th.

Behind, a bogey for Jon Rahm has him three back in the group at -2.

2022-06-18T22:37:44.088Z

FITZPATRICK TIES FOR THE LEAD

Will Zalatoris has company at the top of the leaderboard in Matt Fitzpatrick. The Englishman’s brilliant approach into the 15th left him with a five-footer for a second consecutive birdie, and he was up to the task, We have a two-way tie at the top!

2022-06-18T22:33:20.880Z

SCHEFFLER SLIPS FURTHER BACK | MCILROY CRUCIALLY SAVES PAR

Scottie Scheffler’s bogey run continues. That’s now five shots gone in four holes for the World No. 1 who, at one stage, held a two-shot lead. His game has completely deserted him in Brookline.

The news is a little better for Rory McIlroy fans. A wayward tee shot at the 13th left him pitching out sideways but the Northern Irishman recovered and slotted the 13-footer to save par. He celebrates with a fist pump; that could be huge come Sunday evening!

2022-06-18T22:26:09.725Z

ZALATORIS: 67 FEELS LIKE A 61

Will Zalatoris at the US Open

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The leader is delighted with his efforts on moving day at the 2022 US Open…

“That 67 feels like a 61 or 62 in my book. That was some of the most solid golf I’ve played maybe ever. Anytime I made a mistake I was able to get right back on the horse and correct it. Really pleased.

“The PGA was a tough pill to swallow I feel really good about my game and where I’ve come in the last six months, but tomorrow is going to be no small test. You look at the major champions on the leaderboard and obviously this is a beast of a golf course. Temperatures have to get cooler so it’s going to make this place longer, so the job isn’t even close to being done.”

2022-06-18T22:16:17.624Z

BOGEY FOR MCILROY

Rory McIlroy during the third round of the 2022 US Open

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It’s been a frustrating day for Rory McIlroy. Having got back to two-under, another bogey has halted his momentum. From the fairway, he’ll be seriously disappointed to have dropped a shot.

He’s still right in it but needs to steady the ship over the last six holes.

2022-06-18T22:10:01.576Z

FITZPATRICK BIRDIES AS SCHEFFLER CONTINUES SLUMP

A birdie at the par-5 14th takes Matt Fitzpatrick to three-under and into a tie for second. The Englishman has been steadiness personified throughout this championship and will surely be a factor come Sunday.

Elsewhere, Scottie Scheffler has now dropped four shots in three holes, with his latest bogey coming at the par-4 13th. He led on six-under an hour ago but now finds himself two behind.

2022-06-18T22:05:06.147Z

ZALATORIS POSTS THIRD-ROUND 67 AND FOUR-UNDER TARGET

After getting out of position off the tee, the leader does brilliantly to find the bunker in two and even better to get up-and-down to salvage a par four. That’s a best-of-the-day 67 for the American that has him leading the US Open.

2022-06-18T22:01:49.376Z

HADWIN CHIPS IN

After a lull in proceedings, things are heating up! Adam Hadwin, the first-round leader, gets back in the mix with a chip-in birdie at the 14th. He’s -2 and two behind Willy Z.

What will the leading score be after round three? Get in touch through Golf Monthly’s social media channels.

2022-06-18T21:54:24.450Z

MCILROY BIRDIES 11 TO GET WITHIN TWO

After a horrid start to round three, Rory McIlroy is right back in this. A great tee shot into the par-3 11th leaves him a 10-footer and he duly converts for his first birdie of the day.

The Northern Irishman is back to two-under and only two back of Zalatoris. Game on!

2022-06-18T21:47:15.936Z

ICYMI: RAHM ESCAPES TREE TROUBLE

This is the position Jon Rahm found himself in after his tee shot on the par-5 8th. He would go on to bogey the hole and slip back to three-under but it could have perhaps been worse…

After finding his tee shot resting against a tree, Jon Rahm was forced to play his next shot facing away from the hole 🌳😮 pic.twitter.com/K58VuQ2IB4June 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T21:45:18.135Z

SCHEFFLER DROPS ANOTHER SHOT, ZALATORIS LEADS

It goes from bad to worse for Scottie Scheffler. The World No.1 led by two shots two holes ago but now trails by one after following a double-bogey with a bogey at the par-4 12th.

2022-06-18T21:41:10.113Z

RAHM SAVES PAR TO REMAIN ONE BEHIND

That could be huge. After a dropped shot at the 9th, Jon Rahm holes from 11ft after a mediocre chip shot to avoid back-to-back bogeys and remain within one of the lead.

It’s a battle of attrition out there at the moment…

2022-06-18T21:30:35.217Z

RAHM BOGEYS THE 8TH | SCHEFFLER DOUBLES THE 11TH

After a horror tee shot left him with tree trouble, Jon Rahm recovered well to give himself a chance of salvaging a par five at the 8th, but he was unable to convert. The Spaniard is now three-under and momentarily three behind the leader…

…Up ahead, Scottie Scheffler is in trouble at the par-3 11th. His tee shot finishes in the back rough and his first chip fails to make the green. His second attempt leaves him with 26ft for bogey and he’s unable to find the cup, meaning he slips back to four-under and into a tie for the lead with Will Zalatoris.

2022-06-18T21:23:04.515Z

MORIKAWA THREE-PUTTS FOR DOUBLE

Morikawa is faltering here in Brookline. After a bogey at the sixth, the two-time major champ compounds the backwards slide with a double-drop at the seventh. He’s now two-under and four behind Scheffler.

Not what was expected of the man who’s normally oh-so reliable in the pressure situations. It’s still early days, of course, but he won’t want to lose much more ground.

2022-06-18T21:16:35.244Z

GOOD EVENING

Thanks Dan. Today’s golf was OK but I did suffer my heaviest matchplay defeat earlier this week. I hope that makes you feel a little better.

Anyway, back to the US Open. What is Rory McIlroy doing? Thought he was primed to finally capture his fifth major after grinding out a one-under 69 yesterday. Conditions are tough but he’s having a nightmare.

Scottie Scheffler has emerged as the favourite but there’s a long way to go with the wind whipping up. Let’s see what happens over the next few hours…

2022-06-18T21:07:45.369Z

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

That’ll do from me for this afternoon, thanks for your company. I’ll be leaving you in the safe hands of Andy Wright to guide you through to the end of play.

Andy decided to expose me as a Love Island fanatic yesterday and I don’t really have anything to get back at him today. I’m hoping he’s played golf today and had a mare, I’m sure he’ll be able to indulge us if he has…

Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism. He now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly’s website and print title.

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2022-06-18T21:06:30.269Z

RAHM BIRDIES

After hanging on for dear life through the first six holes, Jon Rahm has just birdied the seventh hole to move to four-under par. Nice work from the Spaniard.

2022-06-18T20:55:15.402Z

Scheffler, who holed out for eagle at No. 14 in the second round, is the only player in the field with two eagles this week. https://t.co/pmGZ2pueOlJune 18, 2022

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STAT ATTACK

More evidence that Scheffler is good at golf. On the ninth hole, he’s got another birdie look…

2022-06-18T20:50:25.586Z

MORIKAWA BOUNCES BACK

An immediate bounce-back from Morikawa, who birdies the short fifth hole to get back to five-under par.

2022-06-18T20:47:10.781Z

Scott Alexander Scheffler.pic.twitter.com/agvKdgvgY5June 18, 2022

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WATCH: SCHEFFLER HOLES OUT FOR EAGLE

Here it is. This man is good at golf…

2022-06-18T20:46:17.047Z

NOT ANOTHER ONE…

Yes, amid all the chaos of Scheffler’s hole out, McIlory has carded another bogey on the sixth hole. That now leaves him five shots back of Scottie…

2022-06-18T20:43:54.906Z

SCHEFFLER HOLES OUT FOR EAGLE

Wow, this man can do no wrong! Out of absolutely nowhere Scottie Scheffler has holed out from the fairway on the par-5 eighth. That’s an eagle that takes him to six-under par for the tournament.

The US Open has been totally turned onto its head now, with the American suddenly taking a two shot lead out of nowhere. Video evidence of this hole out to follow…

2022-06-18T20:41:10.072Z

NINE PLAYERS, ONE SHOT

How good is this? We currently have nine players separated by just one shot. I can’t remember a point this late into a Major championship when this many players were in with a shout…

2022-06-18T20:37:11.006Z

He read it PERFECTLY.Collin Morikawa with a long bogey putt to maintain a top spot on the leaderboard. #USOpen📺 : @NBC and @PeacockTV pic.twitter.com/JrsFPxIsGlJune 18, 2022

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MORIKAWA CLUTCH BOGEY

The first mistake from our overnight leader, who failed to hit the green on the fourth and put himself in an awkward spot to make an up-and-down. His bogey putt was a good 25ft down the hill and it drops in the front door. A clutch bogey like that is very reminiscent of McIlory’s double bogey save yesterday and Morikawa will no doubt keep some sort of momentum as he heads to the fifth tee.

With Wise also dropping a shot a few holes ahead, we now have a three-way tie for the lead at four-under par with Morikawa, Wise and Scheffler currently at that score. Expect lots, lots more changes as we move through the afternoon.

Hold on! Patrick Rodgers has just holed out for eagle on the fifth hole and he now joins the party at four-under.

2022-06-18T20:29:46.892Z

FITZ TO THREE-UNDER

We’ve not seen much of him today, but Matt Fitzpatrick continues to impress with a nice move to three-under par. While his eagle putt on the eighth left something to be desired, an easy birdie launches the Englishman into a tie for fifth and two shots back.

2022-06-18T20:27:20.512Z

RAHM GRINDING

He’s not making life easy out there, but Jon Rahm’s putter is keeping him well in this tournament. Another sliding par putt finds the bottom of the cup for the Spaniard who is just one-over for the day.

Collin Morikawa at the 2022 US Open

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STEADY FROM COLLIN

Three pars in a row for out overnight leader who is looking in command once again on course.

Elsewhere there’s not much movement as the top ten settle into their work for the afternoon. I’ll be very surprised to see the leading score tonight at anything above five-under par.

2022-06-18T20:13:51.007Z

Aaron Wise is putting the pressure on. 👀This birdie gives him the co-lead at -5. #USOpen📺: @NBC and @peacockTV pic.twitter.com/kFiiFRyvZxJune 18, 2022

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WISE JOINS THE LEAD

Four pars and birdie now for Aaron Wise who has joined Morikawa at five-under par. McIlroy, who is four-over par through holes 1-3 this week, misses a guilt-edged opportunity to get claw a shot back, but his birdie putt on the fourth doesn’t bother the hole on the way by.

2022-06-18T20:11:55.059Z

POWER UNDER PAR

Seamus Power is having an excellent day and has now propelled himself under par for the tournament. He’s two-under for the day with just six holes to play – could he post the best clubhouse score?

2022-06-18T20:07:06.107Z

MORE ZALATORIS MAGIC

From the absolute cabbage down the right of the tenth hole, Zalatoris has managed to make another up-and-down. It’s short game touch like this that is keeping him well in the conversation for this US Open and I for one am enjoying the ride.

2022-06-18T20:03:33.572Z

Well, that’s one way to bogey. @XSchauffele pic.twitter.com/XLSpzSpMKfJune 18, 2022

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XANDER’S ADVENTURE

If you ever want to feel better about your own game, take a look at this video of Xander Schauffele playing the eighth. It’s amazing how the pros turn moments like these into bogeys instead of doubles or worse though…

2022-06-18T20:00:06.501Z

ANOTHER BOGEY FOR RORY

That’s two-over through three holes now for McIlory. I regret saying I was ‘looking forward’ to watching his round as this is already becoming a very frustrating afternoon for fans of the Northern Irishman.

DAHMEN BLINKS

Joel Dahmen is forced to settle for a three-putt bogey on the first hole. His playing partner Morikawa makes an uneventful – but nonetheless solid – par and now hold the lead on his own.

Meanwhile the second hole has taken another victim in the shape of Jon Rahm. Both he and McIlroy hit lovely tee shots into this long par-3, but both have come away with bogeys. I do not like the look of second hole from my sofa at home, so I can only imagine how the pros are feeling out there.

2022-06-18T19:52:01.364Z

Will Zalatoris leads all players in strokes gained total per round at the major championships since 2020. 2-under through 9 today.June 18, 2022

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BACK-TO-BACK CHUNKS

What an episode from Xander Schauffele this is! The American chunks back-to-back chips on the par-5 eighth hole and ends up making a six. A gentle reminder to us all that Golf Is A Hard Game.

In better news, Will Zalatoris is back to three-under par with his third birdie of the day and he’s out in 33 strokes.

2022-06-18T19:47:48.760Z

LEADERS ARE OFF

Right, here we go ladies and gentlemen, our leaders are out on course. It’s a confident start from the bucket-hat adorning Joel Dahmen, while Collin Morikawa follows suit with a fairway in regulation.

Ahead on the green, Jon Rahm and Hayden Buckley open up with a par and bogey respectively.

2022-06-18T19:45:35.003Z

BOUNCEBACKABILITY

Birdie, bogey, birdie for Scottie Scheffler to start his day. He’s back to four-under par after his topsy turvy opening to this Saturday afternoon.

A few holes behind, McIlroy and Wise both drew shocking lies after missing the green on the second. Wise drains his par putt, but McIlroy’s par putt hangs agonisingly over the edge of the hole – it almost looked like it pulled backwards as it got to the hole! There have been countless bogeys here today so that shouldn’t be a huge blow for either of these players.

2022-06-18T19:35:28.364Z

PAR FOR RORS

It may have been slightly chaotic, but it’s a par for McIlroy. His approach went slightly over the back of the green and a deft chip left him with a stress-free par putt. His playing partner for today, Aaron Wise, makes a great par after finding himself with a really awkward lie on the downslope of a bunker edge off the tee. For both of them, writing a four on the card there will feel really good.

Behind them, Jon Rahm and Hayden Buckley have just teed off.

2022-06-18T19:26:18.073Z

HERE’S RORY

I’m very much looking forward to settling in and watch Rory play this afternoon. He’s looked in such control of his game over the last month or so. As I typed that out however, he’s smashed his driver left into all sorts of trouble on the first hole. Let’s hope it’s not a long afternoon for McIlory fans….

Scheffler has given back his birdie on the first with a bogey on the devilish second hole.

2022-06-18T19:17:55.438Z

WATCH OUT FOR THE SECOND

The second hole is comfortably playing the toughest of the day so far. The long par-3 is now straight into the heart of a chilly breeze and players are struggling to even get it to the front edge. If they do take enough club to get over the front, the ball is struggling to hold the green. Scheffler ends up well short and playing partner NeSmith is wild left off the tee.

Meanwhile, Sam Burns has joined the party at three-under and is looking in fine form. His birdie on the third hole is the first on any player today.

2022-06-18T19:13:44.341Z

What a start from The Masters Champion! Scottie Scheffler is 1 back with a birdie on the 1st 😮‍💨 pic.twitter.com/zcuGLMixpiJune 18, 2022

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SCHEFFLER OPENS WITH A BIRDIE

And what a birdie it is! From a fairway bunker, he found the heart of the green and holed a putt that never left the centre of the cup from 30ft out. We’ve already seen plenty of people slip up on this first hole today, so that’s a nice start from the Masters champion. An ominous start from Mr. 2022?

2022-06-18T19:01:45.461Z

WORLD NUMBER ONE UNDERWAY

The clock has struck 3:01pm local time and the world number one Scottie Scheffler has just teed off. He begins today at three-under par and he’s the first name on the mini leaderboard to tee off this afternoon.

2022-06-18T19:00:09.582Z

WIZARDLY FROM ZALATORIS

Wizardly? Is that a word? Spellcheck says so, so it must be. I wanted to use it because Will Zalatoris really does wield his putter like a wand at times. It may not be the prettiest flat stick or stroke, but he really makes it work.

He’s just made a brilliant up-and-down on the sixth hole to save par at stay at three-under.

2022-06-18T18:55:03.312Z

Seamus Power gets back to even par with an eagle 🦅 (via @USOpenGolf)pic.twitter.com/0uOUam0ZqRJune 18, 2022

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POWER-FUL EAGLE

Another name hanging around the level-par area is Seamus Power. The Irishman has just eagled the eighth hole to make a nice move up the leaderboard.

Elsewhere, Matt Fitzpatrick has started his day with a frustrating three putt bogey on the first hole.

DJ TO PARITY

Dustin Johnson is also hanging around this afternoon. A birdie on the eighth gets him back to level-par for the championship which remember is just five shots back.

2022-06-18T18:34:16.916Z

Here comes @WillZalatoris!His birdie at the 4th hole moves him to -3 for the tournament as he continues his climb up the leaderboard.📺: @nbc and @peacockTV pic.twitter.com/X2EGECPy6GJune 18, 2022

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ZALATORIS ON THE CHARGE

My colleague Sam said not too long ago to keep and eye out for for Will Zalatoris this afternoon – and he was right. Another birdie for the young American sees him two-under for the day, three-under for the tournament.

Welcome to the conversation Will.

2022-06-18T18:31:26.907Z

HOMA CHIP IN

Eagle for Max Homa! I don’t think he’ll mind me saying this, but that was a pretty average chip to find the bottom of the cup. It looked a bit thin – and it was travelling at a rate of knots – but it hit the centre of the pin and dropped into the hole.

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He’s back to seven-over for the tournament and that’ll make his late lunch/early dinner taste a lot sweeter.

2022-06-18T18:26:21.225Z

MCCARTHY SHOOTS 68

There are scores to be had out there this afternoon. Denny McCarthy has just proven that with a valiant score of 68 on Moving Day. He sits in a tie for 24th currently at one-over par, but you’d have to expect that position will rise as the afternoon progresses.

2022-06-18T18:25:15.056Z

Jordan Spieth at the 2022 US Open

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SPIETH HANGING TOUGH

Now at two-over par for the tournament, Jordan Spieth is hanging on to this US Open the by skin of his teeth. He makes plenty of birdies and bogeys out there, so expect a wild ride as he starts the final third of his round.

2022-06-18T18:19:22.217Z

Just a brutal spot to be in pic.twitter.com/J7rGQBa52LJune 18, 2022

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THOMAS HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

Justin Thomas – who was accidentally announced as Justin Thompson on the first tee – looks like his ticking out there.

After he chunked an approach shot that was near a drain cover on the 3rd hole, he’s dropped another bogey on the easy par-3 fifth. He’s two-over for the day now and three-over for the tournament, not the steady start he’d have been looking for.

2022-06-18T18:14:51.688Z

MATSUYAMA HITS THE PIN

Knifed, smashed pin, back into the bunker. That’s the latest adventure for Hideki Matsuyama on the 4th hole.

He was off the planet left by the green and knifed his chip straight into the flagstick. His ball eventually rolled back into a greenside bunker – hard to tell if that was a good break or not. He ends up with just a bogey.

2022-06-18T18:08:58.574Z

FRONT NINE SCORING

It’s always fascinating to see how the early starters are getting on out there and get a sneak peak of how the leaders might fare. Already we can see that the course is playing harder than on Thursday and Friday, a whole stroke harder. Where the average front nine score was 35.9 on Thursday and Friday, today it’s already 36.9.

2022-06-18T18:06:15.132Z

THANKS SAM, DAN HERE

Great stuff over the last few hours Sam. Ala there’s no Love Island for me to indulge in tonight, so it looks like the golf will have to do for the next three hours or so.

The atmosphere is bubbling up nicely at The Country Club with the leaders just arriving on site as we speak. The final pair of Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen will be teeing off at 3:45pm local time – anyone know why this seems quite late this year?

2022-06-18T18:01:13.551Z

HANDING OVER…

That is it for me folks as Zalatoris birdies the 2nd hole to get to two-under. I told you to look out for him right!?

And that is the final bit of action from me tonight as young Daniel Parker is taking over until 10. See you guys tomorrow.

Dan Parker

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer’s guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer’s guides and reviews on the website.

2022-06-18T17:53:27.239Z

PIETERS BIRDIES 1

Belgian Thomas Pieters gets off to a great start with a birdie at the 1st whereas his playing partner Zalatoris pars it. They are both at one-under, as is Andrew Putnam who birdies the 2nd. Players starting to move up the leaderboard.

2022-06-18T17:46:47.191Z

ZALATORIS TEES OFF

I continue to not be able to see any shot hit by Will Zalatoris despite being near the top of the leaderboard. I have been informed he has teed off though with a monster 341 yard drive on the 1st.

2022-06-18T17:44:56.477Z

JT ANGRY AFTER APPROACH ON 4

With his ball next to a drainage cover, Thomas doesn’t get relief, nor does he try and be cheeky and change the way he would play the shot to get relief. Instead he catches it fat, and finds the bunker 50 yards in front of the green. I wish I could remember exactly what he said as well because it was a hot mic situation. As soon as a video comes up, I will post in here

JT just like you and me.#PGA #USGA @JustinThomas34 that should have been a drop pic.twitter.com/mSfaLYWaatJune 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T17:41:47.002Z

SOME BIG SCORES OUT THERE

Here are some scores out there right now showing just how tough things are.

Niemann – +5 through 5

Homa – +7 through 11

English – +7 through 8

2022-06-18T17:37:53.985Z

DJ SAVES IMMENSE PAR

Johnson plays a really bad chip shot on the 4th and leaves himself a long putt for par, which he somehow makes! If his putter is working then look out today as he remains level.

Brooks has just teed off by the way and I really think he is someone to watch aswell. He seems to relish these tricky US Open days.

2022-06-18T17:31:57.523Z

BIRDIE FOR MATTHEWS

Long-hitter Brandon Matthews just birdied the 1st to get to one-under. Honestly, if you haven’t seen this guy hit a golf ball, I recommend it. He absolutely destroys the golf ball.

With ball speeds over 190 miles an hour, @B_Matthews12 is a force to be reckoned with off the tee.Here’s how he became the longest driver on the @KornFerryTour last season. pic.twitter.com/D2nqgy0OzpMarch 4, 2020

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2022-06-18T17:17:40.665Z

SO NEAR YET SO FAR FOR DJ

Three holes and three birdie chances for DJ. He makes the one on the 1st, nowhere near on 2, and comes up JUST short on 3. Clearly finding his rhythm today.

2022-06-18T17:15:23.333Z

2 IS AN ABSOLUTE BRUTE

217 yards, playing uphill and with wind swirling, that is not an easy shot to face early in the round. In fact it is the hardest hole on the course. Get through that and there are birdies to be found elsewhere on the front nine.

2022-06-18T17:09:47.923Z

SOLID START FOR THOMAS

Faced with a six-footer for par Thomas boxes it and he needed that. He probably needs all his putts to go in today to be honest.

2022-06-18T16:57:38.484Z

JUSTIN THOMPSON

I believe the starter just called Justin Thomas, Justin Thompson. I get first tee nerves but how can you screw up saying Thomas?!

Oh and I like the color of JT’s golf pants. They are going to get a lot of hate probably, but I dig it.

U.S. Open starter: “From Louisville, Kentucky — Justin Thompson.”JT: pic.twitter.com/HUWpNjkb7uJune 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T16:55:38.909Z

JT TEEING OFF

PGA Championship winner Thomas is about to tee off. Let’s not forget he came from seven back on the final day to win, and with spicy conditions today, anything can happen. He will need a low one though.

2022-06-18T16:53:52.995Z

DJ BIRDIES 1ST

2016 US Open winner Dustin Johnson starts his day with a birdie at the 1st and he will want plenty more of those. He is playing with another former world number one in Justin Rose today.

DJ is level par and Rose is two-over after his bogey at 1.

2022-06-18T16:51:25.120Z

AUSSIES IN THE RED

It seems like two Australians are showing the rest of the field how to play in the wind right now. Both Todd Sinnott and Marc Leishman are two of very few of players under par right now. They both sit at level par and are two-under and one-under for their rounds respectively.

2022-06-18T16:46:53.438Z

WIND REALLY BEING A MENACE RIGHT NOW

Love a bit of Wayne Riley on Sky Sports. Really put emphasis on how tricky the wind is and how firm the greens are. Not sure if they have been watered this morning but hopefully not because then things will get spicy later.

2022-06-18T16:34:46.079Z

HATTON THE ENTERTAINER

Love him or hate him, Tyrrell Hatton is very entertaining to watch especially on the putting green. Every time he misses a putt he looks like he is going to lose his mind with frustration. So relatable and he needs to be mic’d up constantly!

He just went double-bogey-bogey on 6-7-8 and sits at seven-over.

2022-06-18T16:25:09.793Z

ALDRICH POTGIETER WINS AMATEUR TITLE

Elsewhere in golf South African Aldrich Potgieter, 17, becomes the second youngest winner in the history of the British Amateur Championship. He beat Sam Bairstow in the final at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Potgieter had a 7-up lead over Englishman Sam Bairstow through the morning 18, then rode it to a 3-and-2 victory.

The 127th Amateur Champion – Aldrich Potgieter 🏆What a performance 👏 pic.twitter.com/TE9mIuP7UCJune 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T16:19:30.682Z

DRIVABLE PAR-4’s ROCK

I could sit and watch guys play the 5th all day today. Most players are going to try and drive the green but with the wind lots are going to find themselves in awkward stances and facing tricky bunker shots. Par-4’s like that are great because eagles and birdies can be made, but so can bogeys and doubles in the blink of an eye.

2022-06-18T16:10:56.406Z

IS THIS LEGIT?

So many questions came to my brain after seeing this tweet, if it’s true what is going on in the media centre? Absolutely hilarious

just went from golf right into a guy shooting heroin and a sex scene that turned into a murder here in a media center pic.twitter.com/BKhBy1AdMIJune 17, 2022

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2022-06-18T16:01:49.826Z

DAHMEN’S CADDIE GETTING SOME REPS IN

Joel Dahmen currently leads the US Open and his caddie (opens in new tab) is getting some swings in of his own it seems. His name is Geno Bonnalie and he and Dahmen are quite the comedians. Bonnalie once created a satirical review of a motel room he stayed in for the US Open (opens in new tab) after his Airbnb cancelled, while he has also revealed details of how Dahmen pranked him by telling him to go to the airport for a tournament he didn’t plan on playing in.

Any time you can start your day at an establishment that starts in “Mc” you know it’s going to be a great one pic.twitter.com/UaoRsPJ20pJune 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T15:58:09.517Z

EVERY HOLE PLAYING OVER PAR

I have just noticed that every hole is currently playing over par right now. That doesn’t stop Bryson though as he chips in at the 1st for birdie. Could he leap up the leaderboard today? (Also loving the Happy Gilmore reference in this tweet)

Go to your home, ball. 🕳️@b_dechambeau starts his third round with a chip-in birdie. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/QebU09CE3IJune 18, 2022

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ROSE WITH TWO LAUNCH MONITORS?

Not entirely sure if the angle was correct, but it looked like Justin Rose had both a Trackman, and Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor on the range there. Having both of them is an alpha move if ever I’ve seen one.

We actually have tested both and you can read our verdicts here. (opens in new tab)

2022-06-18T15:50:19.645Z

BRYSON UNDERWAY

DeChambeau surprised many by making the cut after coming back from injury. but he seems to be getting it around in his own way, currently sitting at two-over par. With his first tee shot, he goes right and I am not sure I’ve seen one person hit the 1st fairway yet.

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2022-06-18T15:46:50.124Z

LOTS OF BOGEYS ON MY SCREEN RIGHT NOW

Not a lot of good shots being played on Sky Sports right now, it definitely seems like conditions are tricky to negotiate. Here is the bottom of the leaderboard right now

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2022-06-18T15:43:12.623Z

WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?

Do I spy some new golf shoes on the feet of Tyrrell Hatton? It looks like he was wearing them on Thursday and is wearing them in white today as well.

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2022-06-18T15:40:06.815Z

MORE CROWDS AT BROOKLINE PLEASE?

One thing that has been lacking a touch is the crowd size at The Country Club. I’ve heard it is slightly tricky to get to and the tickets were at the pricier end of the spectrum, but come on it’s a Major! Let’s get some noise out there.

2022-06-18T15:35:25.139Z

FASTEST STARTER OF THE DAY?

Only two guys are under par today so far, Denny McCarthy and Sam Stevens, with the former being two-under through six holes. Definitely some more tricky conditions so far today.

2022-06-18T15:30:58.475Z

LOVING THIS US OPEN SO FAR

If anyone tells you that this US Open has not been good just send them my way. The course setup has been excellent, very fair with bad shots getting punished, and good ones getting rewarded.

The leaderboard is as a US Open should be as well, with some superstars at the top, alongside guys who you might not have heard of.

And it is in Boston, one of the true sporting cities in the United States. (It pains me to say that as a Lakers fan).

Star power heading into the weekend ⭐Jon RahmRory McIlroyScottie SchefflerSam BurnsMatt FitzpatrickWill ZalatorisXander SchauffeleAll within 4 shots of the lead. pic.twitter.com/AfxTwFu0rOJune 18, 2022

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2022-06-18T15:27:25.089Z

SPIETH TEEING OFF

At two-over Jordan Spieth has just begun his 3rd round playing alongside Wil Besseling. The American has been renowned for charges up leaderboards so can he do the same today? I literally never count him out of anything but that pre-shot routine still has me shook every time.

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2022-06-18T15:20:36.212Z

WHERE WAS WILLY Z YESTERDAY?

Will Zalatoris has been insane in Majors over the last couple of years and has shot rounds of 69-70 to sit at one-under, and yet I haven’t seem him hit one shot on Sky Sports coverage. What on earth is going on there?

2022-06-18T15:17:46.604Z

SHOUTOUT TO THE AM’S

A quick moment to give credit to the amateurs at this year’s US Open. Four of them made the cut – Hagestad, Bennett, Greaser and Vick.

There were 15 in the field and Vick in particular is playing very well as he sits at one-under for the tournament. He is off at 2.12pm (EDT) alongside Callum Tarren.

2022-06-18T15:14:45.112Z

SCHEFFLER STAYING LATE

A lot going around about how late Scottie Scheffler stayed last night working on his game. With a 67 yesterday he got himself back into the tournament and the fact he stayed shows the work ethic. I love that, and I love a world number one in any sport doing that.

2022-06-18T15:13:33.262Z

SOME AWESOME GROUPS

There are some excellent groups teeing off over the next couple of hours as you can see below. Homa and Scott has to be two of the prettiest swings in golf, Niemann and Leishman might even get paired together at the Presidents Cup this year.

Rose-DJ are two quality players and I really like Power and JT as well. They will of course need to go low today to stand a chance tomorrow.

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2022-06-18T15:11:05.366Z

HELLO EVERYONE

Thanks Matt and hello golf fans I will be taking you through the next three hours. Moving Day is always exciting and with slightly more wind today we could be in for a very interesting few hours of golf.

2022-06-18T15:09:12.756Z

SIGNING OFF!

As the early starters begin their third rounds it is time for me to hand over to my colleague, Sam Tremlett, who will guide you through the next three hours of action. With such a star-studded field in contention, tonight is going to be extremely exciting and I for one can’t wait! I’ve been Matt Cradock and thank you for reading.

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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.

2022-06-18T14:59:20.555Z

[email protected] just holed this eagle putt on the final green to win the @Aramco_Series London by one from @georgiahall96 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/dSe4gJAmciJune 18, 2022

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LAW WINS AT CENTURION IN STUNNING FASHION!

Away from the US Open action and an unbelievable moment at the Aramco Team Series! Needing a birdie at the last, Bronte Law has just holed a 60-foot eagle putt to win the title by one. Incredible!

2022-06-18T14:48:33.167Z

EARLY SCORES

Early days, but no one is under par yet. Granted only a handful of holes have been played. Back on the first, Tyrrell Hatton and Min Woo Lee both make par to get their third rounds underway.

2022-06-18T14:31:19.365Z

Patty Ice starting hot 🔥 pic.twitter.com/icQkkFfceRJune 18, 2022

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Early birdie for Cantlay, who almost holes his tee shot at the par 3 2nd!

2022-06-18T14:25:16.931Z

Blowing the proverbial ‘hoolie’ here today in Boston. With the course so firm and cooler conditions with the NW winds it’s going to be tough , really tough for a bunched & brilliant leaderboard ⁦@SkySportsGolf⁩ ⁦@GolfChannel⁩ pic.twitter.com/BlG3snNvwzJune 18, 2022

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CONDITIONS UPDATE

Things are getting windy in Brookline, with Sky Sports Paul McGinley stating it’s blowing the proverbial ‘hoolie’. Scoring could be be difficult this afternoon/evening…

2022-06-18T14:20:03.900Z

Cantlay hits an iron shot

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WORLD NO.4 UNDERWAY

Patrick Cantlay begins his third round and starts with a par at the first. Patty Ice made the cut on the number yesterday and hasn’t produced a top-10 finish at a Major since the 2019 PGA Championship.

2022-06-18T14:14:38.878Z

TOUNRAMENT PURSE

As the leaders go out in over six hours time they will be playing for a rather large pay cheque! Take a look at the tournament purse and prize money here.

2022-06-18T14:03:12.886Z

FIRST GROUP OFF

The first group are off for round three – Bramlett makes a solid par, whilst Hagestad starts off perfectly with a birdie. We are underway!

2022-06-18T13:31:54.025Z

Hole locations for the third round of the U.S. Open pic.twitter.com/irMvOt4XIVJune 18, 2022

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PIN POSITIONS

The pin positions ahead of round three of the US Open. Some generous, some not. First group tee off in under 20 minutes

2022-06-18T13:27:27.533Z

Brooks Koepka take a shot during the second round of the 2022 US Open

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Brooks Koepka sits five shots back of the leaders as he bids for a third US Open title. Following his second round 67, the American gave his thoughts on why he thinks he’s not more popular.

2022-06-18T13:17:43.270Z

Stewart Hagestad plays a shot at the 2021 Walker Cup

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The first group of Joseph Bramlett and Stewart Hagestad (a) tee off in around half an hour. Get to know the three-time Walker Cup player, Hagestad, here.

2022-06-18T13:06:20.259Z

Weather report of the US Open

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WEATHER UPDATE

According to those on the ground, it is slightly colder and windier than the previous two days. Could make scoring scarce this afternoon if the weather report is indeed true!

2022-06-18T12:58:47.518Z

McIlroy lines up a putt at the US Open

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Rory McIlroy sits just one shot back of the leaders as he looks to secure his fifth Major title. Last week’s RBC Canadian Open winner ranks first in Strokes Gained: Putting, with the 33-year-old +6.33 for the week. That’s +1.5 more than Andrew Putnam in second.

2022-06-18T12:43:00.572Z

🗣️ “I was kinda nervous all day, but it was a good nervous”World no. 130 Joel Dahmen reflects on his impressive second round display that gave him a share of the lead heading into Day 3. ⛳ pic.twitter.com/cCgrjJrm7DJune 18, 2022

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Co-leader, Joel Dahmen, only earned his US Open spot via Final Qualifying on Monday. Speaking to Henni Koyak, he gave his reaction to sharing the lead at the halfway stage.

2022-06-18T12:31:45.621Z

Collin Morikawa hitting an iron shot during the first round of the 2022 US Open

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Morikawa is regarded as one of the game’s best ball strikers. However, the 25-year-old is currently playing with a draw, something he hasn’t played “since maybe freshman year of college.” Check out the full story here.

2022-06-18T12:24:06.422Z

Hovland, Finau and Lowry all pose after hitting shots

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Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau and Shane Lowry were amongst a number of big names who missed the cut on Friday, with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Daniel Berger, Cameron Smith, Tommy Fleetwood and Phil Mickelson also not making it into the weekend.

2022-06-18T12:12:27.647Z

Yesterday, we saw a hole-in-one from Cameron Young who ended up missing the cut by one shot. Will we see another ace today?

2022-06-18T12:05:33.578Z

Morikawa hits a pitch shot whilst his caddie watches on

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TV COVERAGE

Looking to settle down this afternoon/evening and watch the action? Then check out the US Open TV Coverage guide here.

2022-06-18T11:58:37.519Z

Good afternoon! Matt Cradock here from a rather wet and windy Oxfordshire to take you through the next three hours of US Open action. The first groups aren’t off for a few hours, but there is still a lot going on in what should be an enthralling third round at Brookline.

2022-06-18T11:49:18.814Z

STILL CAN’T GET OVER THIS FROM YESTERDAY…

The US Open leader pic.twitter.com/Lb2pD95R68June 17, 2022

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2022-06-18T11:33:33.632Z

MCILROY’S VERDICT

2022-06-18T11:31:37.847Z

MICKELSON’S VERDICT

Lefty missed the cut comfortably at 11-over-par and said he thought he was better prepared.

“I thought I was more prepared than I was,” he told Golfweek. “The US Open is the ultimate test. And you don’t really know where your game is until you get tested, and I thought I was a little bit closer than I was.”

Phil Mickelson takes his tee shot on the 15th during the second round of the 2022 US Open

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2022-06-18T11:30:36.715Z

US Open Tee Times

Leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen go out in the final group on Saturday at 3.45pm local (8.45pm BST) ahead of Rahm/Buckley at 3.34pm (8.34pm BST) and McIlroy/Wise at 3.23pm (8.23pm BST).

View all US Open tee times for round three

Morikawa and Dahmen pictured

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2022-06-18T11:29:29.280Z

US OPEN DAY THREE

Hello and welcome to our third round coverage of the 122nd US Open at The Country Club, Brookline.

We have a star-studded leaderboard with Morikawa and Dahmen leading at five-under and Rory McIlroy just one stroke back following his impressive 69 yesterday that included a ‘good’ double bogey at his third hole after three swipes in the rough. Rahm is also four-under as he seeks a successful US Open title defence.

Scheffler is one further back at three-under and there are plenty of other big names in and around the lead. Just eight strokes separate the field with 36 holes remaining so there’s set to be some surprises and big jumps up the leaderboard.

2022-06-18T06:29:54.785Z

Here we go again! Strap yourself in this is going to be fun!

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