World #1 Dustin Johnson cards a third round +7 over par 77, but is still tied for the U.S. Open lead with Tony Finau, Daniel Berger, and defending Champion Brooks Koepka.
In a dramatic third round saw two different sets of conditions at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with the wind, very firm, fast greens and bordering on the ridiculous pin positions took over the afternoon wave of players. Daniel and Tony were in the early wave in the calmer conditions, both shot -4 under par 66, but were still seven shots off the lead. D.J. +7 and Brooks, +2 just had to hang tough and ride it out, with all four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at +3 over par.
Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA had this to say of the days events;
“You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded.”
“It was a very tough test, but probably too tough this afternoon.”
Dustin echoed those thoughts;
“I’m in a good position in the lead tomorrow.”
“Today’s round, I didn’t feel like I played badly at all. Seven over usually is a terrible score but with the greens the way they got this afternoon, they were very, very difficult.”
Defending Champion Brooks is in a confident mood;
“There’s nobody more confident, I won this thing last year. I feel really good. My game’s in a good spot. I feel like you got to kind of take it from me, to be honest with you.”
“I mean, my track record is pretty good in U.S. Opens. I feel like the harder the golf course, the better. It’s already going to eliminate so many guys.
Daniel is trying to ignore the pressure;
“This is why I practice and play because I want to be in this position to have a chance to win golf tournaments.”
“It hasn’t necessarily gone my way this year but I’ve done a lot of the right things and it’s more about just letting it happen and not putting too much pressure on myself.”
Justin Rose, England, is in fifth place at +4 over par, he also slipped today, signing for a +3 over 73.
In a strange occurrence today Phil Mickelson pushed a putt passed the hole, then ran after it and hit back towards the hole, while it was still moving. That cost him a two-stroke penalty, and a ten on the hole. He finished the day with +11 over par round and +17 for his 54 holes.
The way this course is playing anyone within ten shots of the lead could win.