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U.S. Open - Day three digest

U.S. Open - Day three digest

A thrilling finish set up a fantastic finale, Kim got hot, the 15th had its 15 minutes and Young was speechless on Saturday at the U.S. Open.

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Wyndham Clark

Thrilling finale in store

Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clarkwill share the lead heading into the final round but they have Rory McIlroy and World Number One Scottie Scheffler breathing down their necks. Fowler entered day three with a one-shot lead over Clark and extended that to two stood on the final tee but a dramatic two-shot swing on the 18th meant they will both go in search of a maiden Major Championship at ten under. Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex leader McIlroy was then at nine under, two shots clear of Scheffler.

Rickie Fowler

McIlroy sticking to the plan

Rory McIlroywill not be changing his gameplan as he goes in search of a second U.S. Open title on Sunday. The Northern Irishman won his first Major Championship at this event 11 years ago and while he has won three more since - along with virtually every other big prize the game has to offer - he last lifted one of golf's four most precious prizes in 2014. He has been a picture of consistency in California, carding rounds of 65-67-69 as the North Course has got gradually tougher over the week to sit just a shot behind 54-hole leaders Clark and Fowler. The 34-year-old will go out alongside Scheffler, with a mouth-watering finale in store on the West Coast, but he insists he will not be changing for the occasion. "I'm going out there to try to execute a gameplan and I feel like over the last three days I've executed that game plan really, really well and I just need to do that for one more day," he said.

Kim enters the history books

Tom Kim wrote the latest chapter of a history-making week at The Los Angeles Country Club as he equalled the nine-hole record for the U.S. Open. The South Korean made birdies on the first, third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth to cover the front nine in just 29 blows, becoming the first player ever to do that at the event on their first nine. Neal Lancaster, twice, Vijay Singh and Louis Oosthuizen are the other players to have covered nine holes in 29 shots, all doing so in the second nine of their respective rounds.

Tom Kim

Short but not that sweet

At 81 yards, the 15th on the North Course became the shortest hole in U.S. Open history on day three, although that does not mean it was an easy task. “It’s different, it’s interesting,” said Shane Lowry. “I had a gameplan to just play it into the slope where the pin was yesterday and hit it to 25 feet. There’s nowhere really to hit to. If I had 10 balls there I’d probably hit the green once going at the flag so I’m not going to take that on." Over days one and two, the hole saw three holes-in-one and was the second easiest hole on the course. On Saturday, there were just 11 birdies and its difficulty rank went up to fourth easiest.

A special day for local duo

With 65 players making the cut, a marker was needed to play with Ryan Fox and that honour went to LACC Director of Golf Tom Gardner. "I'm not a competitor, but to be able to say that I got to play a U.S. Open set-up on the weekend and see what it's like and see the energy of the crowd and see the pins and the firmness and the rough and everything that goes along with it, it's - I can't really describe it," said Gardner. And he was not alone, as he had LACC head professional Rory Sweeney on the bag. "Such a great experience," said Sweeney. "Tom is wonderful, a wonderful guy. He's our Director of Golf here, and a mad golf professional underneath him, and he's a great player. Honoured to work at the club with him. He's just a great guy. To get to spend a special moment like that with him really was great.

Wait, what?

Just look where Cameron Young's ball ends up here. He can barely believe it and neither can we.

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