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Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick survive beast of Open to portion lead

Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick survive beast of Open to portion lead

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Eight players spent hour dated atop the leaderboard, all of them getting kicked around — some worse than others — on a U.S. Open way that felt every one small portion exist fond of the toughest trial inside golf on a cool, windy afternoon at The Country Club.

Saturday was a classic U.S. Open, all concerning survival, a high point reel of golf carnage.

Will Zalatoris with every one other accompanied by Matt Fitzpatrick kept the harm to a bare minimum, giving them another crack at a greatest championship that is 18 holes away with every one other accompanied by feels so a a large amount of longer.

Zalatoris, who lost inside a playoff at the PGA Championship last month at Southern Hills, made only one bogey — a staggering feat on a beast of a Brookline way — for a 3-under 67.

"Felt exist fond of I report a 61," Zalatoris said. "Whenever I made a mistake I was intelligent to obtain away accompanied by it or pull off something miraculous."

Fitzpatrick played inside the final category at the PGA Championship. Now the 27-year-old from England is on familiar turf at The Country Club, where he won the U.S. Amateur inside 2013. He was equally steady with every one other accompanied by ran off trio birdies over his last five holes for a 68.

Most telling: They didn't build some dual bogeys.

That's what knocked defending U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm not here of the lead on the final hole. The Spaniard idea he had seen it all — including a report he played back-handed from the base of a saplingconifer on the eighth opening — until he took trio swipes from beach inside set of two bunkers.

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Rahm's earliest report from a fairway bunker hit the lip with every one other accompanied by almost rolled into his footprint. His following report found a plugged untruth inside a greenside bunker, with every one other accompanied by set of two putts subsequent he had a 71 with every one other accompanied by went from one ahead to one behind.

Rahm wasn't upset accompanied by his sway on the final hole. If anything, he said it was getting black with every one other accompanied by he didn't observation his sphere sitting down inside the sand. The USGA sent the last category off at 3:45 p.m. to maximize television exposure. And maybe he tried to lay clasp of on excessively much.

Either way, he was inside no indeed framework of mind to look anywhere nevertheless ahead.

"I have 18 holes, with every one other accompanied by I'm only one report back," he said. "That's the important thing."

Zalatoris with every one other accompanied by Fitzpatrick were at 4-under 206, the same consequence of the 54-hole lead when the U.S. Open was last at The Country Club inside 1988.

It's not exist fond of Rahm had filled rights to the lead. This Saturday at Brookline was so wild that Rahm was the last of eight players who had at least a portion of the lead at some point. Three of them didn't flat complete among the top 10, including two-time greatest champion Collin Morikawa.

Morikawa, who shared the 36-hole lead accompanied by Joel Dahmen, had dual bogeys on the seventh with every one other accompanied by 13th holes, with every one other accompanied by strength have had a third following a chunked wedge on No. 4 except that he made a 25-foot putt for bogey. He finished accompanied by a 77.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was not immune. The world's No. 1 player looked to exist pulling away when he holed a wedge from some 80 yards for eagle on the par-5 eighth.

He was at 6 under with every one other accompanied by cruising until his wedge to a spine pin on the 141-yard 11th opening bounced firm over the greenish with every one other accompanied by into deep rough. He took set of two to the greenish with every one other accompanied by set of two puts subsequent was no indeed longer leading. And it only got worse while trio unswerving bogeys followed with every one other accompanied by he report 71 to extremity up set of two strokes behind

"After that," he said of his dual bogey, "I didn't really amuse oneself that bad. I fair made trio bogeys inside a row. I didn't do anything that bad. It's fair U.S. Open. Things occur exist fond of that, with every one other accompanied by they occur quickly."

Seven of the top 12 players going into Saturday made at least one dual bogey.

Rory McIlroy was not on that list. His was additional of a slow bleed, mostly from a putter that wasn't behaving. He made one birdie inside his circular of 73.

All that, with every one other accompanied by this U.S. Open was a lengthy way from settled.

"It was one of the toughest days on a golf way I've had inside a lengthy time," McIlroy said. "I fair needed to grind it out, with every one other accompanied by I did on the spine nine. To amuse oneself that spine nine at flat par today was a really good effort, I thought. Just kept myself inside the tournament. That's all I was trying to do. Just retain hanging around."

Twenty-three players were under par going into the third round. Only nine carry on accompanied by to exist accompanied by 18 holes remaining, all of them separated by trio shots.

That includes a local celestial body — maybe not the Francis Ouimet variety, nevertheless Keegan Bradley is large sufficient inside Beantown that he heard his name chanted loudly with every one other accompanied by proudly while he marched up in the direction of the 18th green. A former PGA champion, he called it "probably the high point of my whole entire life."

He gave them source to cheer. Three over into and not here of septet holes, Bradley answered accompanied by passion with every one other accompanied by birdies, five of them over his last 11 holes for a 69.

He was set of two shots behind accompanied by Adam Hadwin (70) with every one other accompanied by Scheffler. McIlroy was trio spine down accompanied by Sam Burns (71) with every one other accompanied by Dahmen, who didn't build a birdie inside his circular of 74 nevertheless stayed inside the game since he didn't have some large blunders.

The signify consequence was 73.5 with every one other accompanied by only septet players broke par. Denny McCarthy made the gash on the number at 3-over par. He finished his 68 earlier to the leaders flat arrived at the course. By the extremity of the day, he was tied for 11th, five shots behind.

The U.S. Open played every one small portion exist fond of one.

"I knew it was going to exist hard," Dahmen said. "I didn't know it was going to exist that hard."

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