US Open filled with limitless possibilities, few stars
Jun 19 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Saturday's third round is your proverbial "moving day", when players jockey in a stress-free manner to position themselves for Sunday's finale.
The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman.
Fowler, 28, has six top-10s in majors. Whenever players criticize a U.S. Open setup, their argument of choice is nearly always that they don't mind a hard test, but they want it to be fair.
Getting a weekend off are the world's top three ranked players; number one Dustin Johnson, number two Rory McIlroy and number three Jason Day, who all missed the cut leaving a decidedly unglamorous leaderboard. Out with the old; in with the new.
Spieth says he asked Ellie on Saturday night what she wanted him to do in the final round of the U.S. Open.
However, still days away from the actual action, here's what I believe to be the key. Rickie Fowler, the first-round leader, is in a three-way tie at 6 under, followed by an eclectic mix of five golfers at 5 under. "They're the widest fairways we've ever played in a US Open". When you find yourself asking why, here's a brief explanation.
E coli bacteria can cause various forms of illness, most commonly diarrhoea, but the consequences can be even more severe. It was the lowest third-round score in Open history. Someone will shoot a 64. The players were permitted their fun; now was the time to work. Home-state hero Steve Stricker notes the entire golf course is in pristine shape, no old divots, nor any old ball-marks on absolutely flawless, true-rolling greens. Spieth made birdies on the first two holes, both of which are playing downwind.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia was two shots further back following a 71, with England's Andrew Johnston another shot back on two under.
Casey swung and missed from the tall fescue on No. 3, and then chipped out and it rolled all the way off the green on the other side. It'll be fascinating to see if caution prevails over boldness.
The par-4 15th was set up as a drivable hole - downwind and only 288 yards.
A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole.
The 28-year-old needed to make a fast start on Friday to avoid another early exit, but missed from five feet for birdie on the 10th - his opening hole - and 12 feet on the 11th, before a poor chip from the back of the 12th green led to a bogey. Downwind approaches have little to stop them. I hadn't paid attention to the stations on Wednesday, and when I saw them on Thursday they had all switched to the office water cooler setup, which honestly makes a lot more sense.