Four tied for U.S. Open lead

Brenda Watkins
June 17, 2018

By the time Dustin Johnson finished his round at sunbaked Shinnecock Hills, only seven women remained on the back patio of the clubhouse. "I think that's a great combination in championship golf". Putts were rolling some 50 feet by the hole and over the green. Now they'll play in Sunday's final group. Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have offended even as he seemed smugly satisfied by what he called "my understanding of the rules". We're also likely to get more chaos on a course that ran on the edge on Saturday afternoon.

"We must slow the course down tonight and we will", Davis said. Last year it was too easy as Brooks Koepka shot 16-under, this year it's too hard because no one is under par. Johnson faced greens that made him feel as though he were putting on glass, and it was like that to the very end.

You look at the two shots Dustin Johnson hit into the last, which were so pure and top-drawer, yet he has no chance from 20 feet of coming out of there with a four.

"But I think just all around, I've become more of a complete player, and you have to be this week to post anything good".

The difficulty led six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson to have a freakish meltdown. He accomplished both by the second hole Saturday, eventually taking 38 putts in all. "That's the difference between shooting 7 over and even par".

At least he still has a chance.

On his 48 birthday, Phil Mickelson might have outsmarted himself, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau came from 11 shots behind to share the third-round lead, and the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills turned slightly sideways and sinister.

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Justin Rose (+4, odds: 4-1): He's been class all week, and he's looking for his second U.S. Open win in six years.

Even the USGA CEO is admitting that the course at Shinnecock Hills in NY was playing too hard on Saturday at the US Open. He dismissed Mike Davis' apology and wondered on Twitter, "How can this team keep doing this without consequences?" Johnson headed up to the putting green, where he stayed for almost half an hour, quietly hitting balls as the sun set.

World No.14 Leishman had picked up a shot early in his round, and moved within striking distance of then leader Johnson, before disaster unfolded at the par-4 eighth hole.

Berger teed off almost five hours before the final group's 3:10 p.m. tee time, while Finau started his round a little more than four hours before Johnson.

"I think it's going to be extremely hard", Berger said in predicting what the leaders were going to face Saturday afternoon.

"Just to have the opportunity today, I barely made the cut". Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 11 6 p.m. (FS1), 6 9 p.m. (FOX); Saturday, 11 8 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, 11 8:30 p.m. (FOX).

Added defending champion Brooks Koepka, the fourth player in the first-place tie: "Let's put it this way". Those were, supposedly, the best golfers in the field through two rounds. He then righted the ship for a while, but two late bogeys relinquished his lead.

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