The 17th green at Chambers Bay as the train goes by on day three of the 115th U.S. Open. (Photo: Sam Adams)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- With 75 golfers making the cut after it was pushed to 5-over-par at the end of day two, the top of the leader board remained intact but with a few changes at the end of the third round of the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed entered into the day both shooting 5-under and both had chances to push their scores even lower but were stymied by the fates at Chambers Bay and gave up strokes and eventually their grip on the lead.
Spieth shot a 1-over 71 to remain in first, though he was joined by three others in the course of the third round. Reed double bogeyed three times in on day three to finish with a 6-over-par 76 and move into the ninth place tie with a 1-over in the tournament.
Branden Grace entered the second-to-last-round tied for third shooting 4-under and managed to finish with a par in the third round to hold move into the four-way-tie for first place.
Dustin Johnson got himself back in the red part of the leader board after shooting a 1-over 71 in the second round to finish in the lead with a 70 and three-round total of 4-under to join Grace in first.
The story of the day came in the form of the recovery of Jason Day. The Australian national fell on hole 18 with a bout of vertigo on Friday and struggled to finish the hole and with the decision to go on in the U.S. Open, but it ended up being worth it as he shot his second 2-under 68 to move into the party at the top of the leader board going into the final round.
Louis Oosthuizen shot a second consecutive 4-under 66 to move into the top five of the leader board with a third-round total of 1-under 209 heading into the final day of the tournament. The South African 2010 Open Championship winner shot a 7-over-par 77 on day one.
Big names like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson continued to struggle at Chambers Bay. McIlroy improved on his current form by holding par on day three, but still sits at 4-over in the Tournament. Mickelson's day was even worse as he finished with a 7-over-par 77 in the third round to fall to 10-over heading into the final day.
Circling Raven Golf Course sponsored Jimmy Gunn also improved his round to shoot par and hold on to his 5-over score after three rounds.