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Playing out of the fifth-to-last twosome, local resident and World No. 6 Xander Schauffele played his final seven holes in bogey-free 2-under-par but could only concoct a 1-over 36-36=72 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open, dropping two places to T9 on 1-under 212, four swings shy of three co-leaders at the top.
The SDSU alum will play out of the sixth-to-last twosome in the finale with non-member Christiaan Bezuidenhout. He owns four TOUR wins in 112 previous events, most recently the 2019 Sentry TOC 52 starts ago, where he came from five back (T4) with a career- and week-low 11-under 62 to win by one over 54-hole leader Gary Woodland (68). The 27-year-old's career best in 16 prior majors is runner-up two times, including at the 2019 Masters, where he was T7 after 54 holes (73-65-70-68). At the three-quarter mark, he's posted progressively worse laps of 69-71-72, totaled 10 birdies against nine bogeys, and registered 4.40 SG: Off-the-Tee, 4.44 SG: Approach, 1.56 SG: Around, and -2.46 SG: Putting, ranking 66th (of 71) with the flat stick and the recently installed arm-lock putting grip. Schauffele posted a forgettable -1.63 SGP today with 31 total putts, but ranked 3rd for the day in SG: OTT (+1.33), so a Sunday chase up the board is entirely possible if the La Jolla native can sort out the putting woes.
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Playing out of the seventh-to-last twosome with defending champ Bryson DeChambeau (68), non-member and World No. 46 Christiaan Bezuidenhout held his own with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, up four spots to T9 on 1-under 212, four swings short of three co-leaders at the top.
Looking to become the second South African to win in as many weeks after non-member Garrick Higgo's breakthrough at the inaugural Palmetto, Bezuidenhout will play out of the sixth-to-last twosome on Sunday with local resident Xander Schauffele. Thru 54 holes, he's recorded rounds of 72-70-70, tallied one eagle and nine birdies against 10 bogeys, and posted -0.53 SG: Off-the-Tee, 3.48 SG: Approach, 0.92 SG: Around, and 4.07 SG: Putting. The 27-year-old's career-best finish in 21 previous TOUR events is solo 7th at this season's Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he was T11 at the three-quarter pole (70-70-70-73). His best result in six prior majors is T30 at the 103rd PGA four weeks ago, where he was T5 after 54 holes (71-70-72-77).
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Making his first start in two months and playing out of the penultimate twosome with first-round co-leader Louis Oosthuizen (70), World No. 32 Matthew Wolff bogeyed two of his final five holes toward a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open, falling three spots to T6 on 2-under 211, three adrift of 54-hole tri-leaders Mackenzie Hughes (68), Oosthuizen, and Russell Henley (71).
The California native's career best in four previous majors is runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau at the 120th edition last September at Winged Foot in his tourney debut, where he was the 54-hole leader by two, shot 5-over 75, and lost by six to playing competitor DeChambeau (67). When he claimed his lone TOUR victory to date as a non-member sponsor invite at the inaugural 2019 3M Open, he was a 54-hole tri-leader and won by one over two players, including tri-leader DeChambeau. The 22-year-old will play out of the fourth-to-last twosome in the finale with Jon Rahm. At the three-quarter mark, he's carded rounds of 70-68-73, totaled 14 birdies, T1 in that stat, versus eight bogeys and two doubles, and recorded 3.54 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.54 SG: Approach, -1.32 SG: Around, and 4.18 SG: Putting. In R3, the Oklahoma State product mustered three (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 1.79 strokes approaching but gaining 1.65 on-the-green, including a 19-footer for birdie and a bogey-save at 7 from 10'8".
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Playing out of the third-to-last twosome with Bubba Watson (77), World No. 3 Jon Rahm backpedaled with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open, dipping one place to T6 on 2-under 211, three in arrears of three co-leaders at the top.
The Spaniard's best major finish in 19 prior majors is T3 at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he was T3 at the three-quarter pole (69-70-70-68). He'll play out of the fourth-to-last twosome on Sunday with Matthew Wolff as he chases down his sixth TOUR victory in 108 events, first since the 2020 BMW Championship 19 starts ago, where he came from three back (T6) with a week-low bogey-free 6-under 64 before prevailing in extra time over Dustin Johnson (67). After 54 holes, the 26-year-old has carded progressively worse laps of 69-70-72, totaled 10 birdies against six bogeys and a double bogey-6 at the 14th today, and posted 2.88 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.38 SG: Approach, 2.54 SG: Around, and 1.14 SG: Putting. The ASU alum ranked 61st (of 71) in SGP on Saturday (-1.70) and needed 33 total putts.
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Playing out of the fifth-to-last twosome with local resident Xander Schauffele (72), World No. 17 Scottie Scheffler battled to a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open for a three-day tally of 2-under 211, up four spots to T6, three swings short of tri-leaders Mackenzie Hughes (68), Louis Oosthuizen (70) and Russell Henley (71).
The 24-year-old, eyeing his first PGA TOUR title in 57 events and his eighth major appearance, will play out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday with defending champ Bryson DeChambeau (68). On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, he was 1-over thru 12 holes but wrapped with birdies at 13 and 17 to get back into the red for the day, and could've been one better but missed birdie at the last from 7'6". Despite that, the reigning TOUR Rookie of the Year still leads in SG: Putting thru 54 holes (8.37), though 62nd (of 71) in SG: Off-the-Tee (-1.45). He's already finished 2nd and 3rd this season, including a solo 3rd in his most recent start at the Memorial two weeks ago, and just needs a 1st to complete the podium. The Texas alum's best major result thus far is T4 at last season's PGA in San Francisco in just his second major start as a pro, where he was T2 after 54 holes (66-71-65-68).
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Playing out of the final twosome, non-member and overnight co-leader Richard Bland labored to a birdie-less, 6-over-par 36-41=77 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open, cratering 20 places to T21 on 1-over 214, a distant six in arrears of 54-hole tri-leaders Mackenzie Hughes (68), Louis Oosthuizen (70), and playing competitor Russell Henley (71).
The World No. 115, playing in just his fifth PGA TOUR event, first since 2017, swallowed six bogeys on 10 (of 14) fairways and seven greens in regulation. He gained 0.21 strokes off-the-tee but lost 3.45 approaching and 1.25 on-the-green with 31 total putts, ending on a sour note with three consecutive bogeys and five on his inward half. The Englishman, an improbable midpoint co-leader at age 48 in just his fourth major appearance, first since the 2017 Open, can still better his career-TOUR-best T22 at the aforementioned Open at Royal Birkdale with a rebound performance on Sunday. He'll play out of the 14th-to-last twosome in the finale with fellow non-member Guido Migliozzi, who's making his PGA TOUR debut.
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Playing out of the seventh-to-last twosome, defending champ and World No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau enjoyed a bogey-free 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines to post 3-under 210, up nine places to T4, two adrift of 54-hole tri-leaders Mackenzie Hughes (68), Louis Oosthuizen (70), and Russell Henley (71).
When the California native won the 120th edition last September at Winged Foot, he played out of the final twosome with 54-hole leader Matthew Wolff (75), and beat the eventual runner-up Wolff by six after a 3-under 67 for his first major title in his 16th major start and sixth U.S. Open. He'll play out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday with Scottie Scheffler. The 27-year-old is chasing his ninth TOUR victory in 125 events, third of the season in 15 starts, first since the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight starts ago, where he came from one back (T2) with a day-tying-low 1-under 71 to win by one over 54-hole leader and playing competitor Lee Westwood (73). After 54 holes, he's posted progressively better laps of 73-69-68, tallied one eagle-3 and 11 birdies versus 10 bogeys, and registered 4.20 SG: Off-the-Tee, 3.43 SG: Approach, -3.92 SG: Around, and 6.23 SG: Putting. Of DeChambeau's eight TOUR wins, five have been in come-from-behind fashion, including his last three in a row. Today's bogey-free lap was his first in 67 major rounds, the only one of the day, and just the fourth of the week.
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Playing out of the 12th-to-last twosome, past champ and World No. 11 Rory McIlroy smoothed a day-tying-low, 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the 121st U.S. Open to reach 3-under 210, up 17 spots to T4, two swings short of 54-hole tri-leaders Mackenzie Hughes (68), Louis Oosthuizen (70), and Russell Henley (71).
The 32-year-old, who will play out of the penultimate twosome in R4 with Henley, is vying for his 20th TOUR victory in 199 events, second of the season in 16 starts, joining the Wells Fargo Championship three starts ago, where he came from two back (T2) with 3-under 68 to win his third WFC by one over Abraham Ancer out of the final pairing with 54-hole leader Keith Mitchell. He's also chasing his fifth major title in his 50th major appearance, first since the 2014 PGA at Valhalla 25 major starts ago as the 36- and 54-hole leader (by one). When the Ulsterman won the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional for his first major win, he romped to an 8-shot wire-to-wire triumph. Thru 54 holes, he's recorded laps of 70-73-67, totaled 14 birdies against 11 bogeys, and posted 3.26 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.36 SG: Approach, 4.58 SG: Around, and -0.28 SG: Putting. The South Florida resident's 67 today also matched the low round of the week.
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