BROOKLINE, Mass. – The US Open usually waits until the last day of the 72-hole pot to play with the best golfers in the world. But perhaps out of respect for this year’s host’s honorable history, nervous conditions – thunderous winds, thick rough and fast greens – began to crush and shake the players’ spirits 24 hours ago at the Country Club on the outskirts of Boston.
With a result below the parameter, the top of the leaders’ table was rarely updated in the third round on Saturday. Finally, some of this year’s hottest golfers, along with some lesser-known names, have been embroiled in controversy to determine if the entertaining final round against the golf course named after one of the co-chairs, Will Zalatoris, will be a fun slugfest. “Definitely an animal.”
Zalatoris left him with a 4th draw for the championship in the 67th round, which was the lowest on Saturday, as he tied with Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who scored two par-68s. Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick lead the round to stay one shot behind.
Rahm stumbled and advanced in the first 13 holes to create three birds from hole 14 to hole 17. This raised him to below five for the championship.
However, Rahm’s car from the 18th tee crashed into a bunker on the left side of the road. Rahm’s first attempt to clear the bunker’s high lip failed when his ball rolled back into the sand. His next shot landed in the easy-to-find 18-hole front bunker. The combination of mistakes led to a sloppy end to Rahm’s round: a double pass that reduced him to third place.
Rahm later said he misjudged how deep the golf ball was in the sand, and that it was partly getting dark.
“I had 9 irons in my hand, that’s enough to get through my lips,” he said. “Maybe I was trying to be too pretty – looking for another bird.”
Rahm added: “But it doesn’t matter much. I am happy with where I am and how I play. “
The three golfers finished fourth, including Vermont native Keegan Bradley, who was applauded by the New England crowd as he walked down Beach 18 on Saturday. Adam Hadwin of Canada, ranked 105th in the men’s world golf rankings, tied for Bradley with an equal pair of 70 shots. Current Masters champion Scottie Scheffler joined the group after a chaotic, non-consecutive round.
Zalatoris was one of the few people who rarely struggled with four birds and only one bogey on Saturday. Even as he slit the last shot of the day 35 yards to the right of Route 18, he fell into the hallway between the stands and another temporary structure.
Although 224 yards away from the pit, the famous 18-year-old guard had enough openings to attach an exact long rail to the famous mammoth bunker. From there, Zalatoris bounced off the sand with a daring blow, and then sank a six-foot reserve shot.
Although Zalatoris is only 25 years old, he plays in the ninth major golf championship and has already competed for the title several times. Last month, he lost the PGA Championship playoffs to Justin Thomas and finished second in the 2021 Masters Tournament. He also finished sixth in this year’s Masters and the 2020 US Open.
The small defeats of the majors did not discourage Zalatoris.
“I know I’ll get one,” he said after this year’s PGA Championship. “It’s just a matter of time.”
However, Zalatoris knows that it will not be possible to win in the fight against the devil of the Country Club, the challenges that have been going on for decades, only to survive.
“The golf course requires a lot of discipline and patience,” he said Saturday night. “It was the hardest golf course I’ve ever played. It is very easy to combine mistakes here. Of course, you can do it in big championships in general, but especially in this one.
Zalatoris paused, shook his head, and then repeated, “Especially this.”
Zalatoris was Fitzpatrick, who matched the strong back nine, winning the U.S. Amateur at the Country Club in 2013. Fitzpatrick, who finished second in the fourth round of the PGA Championship last month, hit his first hole on Saturday, but scored three goals in the rest of the round.
Fitzpatrick, 27, who is ranked 18th and 18th in the world, also found himself in a large bunker in front of the 18th green field at the end of the third round. He had a harder lie and had to settle for bogey.
About two hours before the end of the third round, it became clear that Scheffler was in the first place. 1, would take the lead in the final round. Thanks to an eagle of 102 yards in the eighth hole of the Par-5, Scheffler made three and six pairs of 10 holes for the tournament.
However, Scheffler’s short, landing par-3 shot in the 11th hole flew over the green area and became a danger. A bare chip dragged 25 feet down the pit and another scratched pitch caused double traffic jams. In the next hole, two flubbed chips cost Scheffler another shot. Most likely, this was the first of three consecutive runs that saw Scheffler fall from his seat at the top of the leaderboard.
Only two golfers qualified for the last two rounds of this weekend, playing in the first LIV Golf event last week. Dustin Johnson scored more than 71 doubles on Saturday and two doubles in the tournament. Richard Bland scored 72 goals on Saturday and finished 4th for the championship.
The other 11 LIV series of golfers who went home after opening two rounds, combined with more than 83, Phil Mickelson’s more than 11 pairs of finishes, was nonsense, although Louis Oosthuizen’s six-pair pair was also useless.
Although Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have not yet attended the LIV Golf event, they have remained loyal to the series. Both are steadily declining in the world rankings, and their performance this week will not be the opposite of this trend. DeChambeau made 76 shots on Saturday and is now eight in the race. Reed scored 75 goals and scored six points in the tournament.