US Open :: Gear up for Sunday showdown

2015 06 Chambers

Sunday showdown at Chambers Bay

It's shaping up to be an exciting end to the 115th US Open with four players locked on four-under-par: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace. Here's the story of their third rounds and how they're feeling heading into today:

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Spieth lets lead slip

After starting Saturday par-birdie-birdie and with some lengthy putts holed, the Masters champ was three shots clear on seven-under-par after his third round playing partner Patrick Reed double-bogeyed the second en route to a messy six-over-par 76 to drop out of contention.

However, a couple of uncharacteristic three-putts and four bogeys later, the 21-year-old was one-over-par at the turn, before completing the back nine in level par for a round of 71.

Spieth will be playing alongside Grace in the penultimate group later today, and was possibly playing some mind games with Day and Johnson, who will be teeing off after them. He said: "I think those two guys, as standout stars of the game that are still searching for their first major trying to battle it out with each other, I think I could somewhat sneak under the radar being in the group in front."

The American is the bookies' favourite though, with him at a mere 15/8 to record back-to-back major wins.


Level par 70 for DJ

One shot behind the leaders before Saturday's rounds, a level par 70 was enough for Johnson to tie the lead - and it could've been better had it not been for a double-bogey at the 13th.

"I made a bad swing with the iron there, which I felt was the only bad swing I made all day," conceded the big-hitting American, who turns 31 tomorrow. "It was a tough bunker shot but I got it back onto the green and then three-putted. It's really easy to make bogeys out there or even a double."

And speaking about his chances of achieving a maiden major win, Johnson, who held the 54-hole lead at the 2010 US Open, said: "I've been in the situation a few times so I know how to handle myself. I know what it takes to get it done. Tomorrow, I just need to focus on one shot at a time and we'll just see what happens."

Johnson is 14/5 to get the job done tomorrow.

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Day battles to brilliant 68

Still suffering with symptoms of benign positional vertigo, which caused him to collapse on the ninth fairway on Friday, Day shot a superb round of 68 - one of only six sub par rounds all day at Chambers Bay - to haul himself up the leaderboard.

The Aussie, who is finished inside the top five in three of his four US Open appearances, was back at level par at the turn after two bogeys but he came to life on the back nine, coming in in 31 which included three birdies in the final four holes.

Visibly struggling, Day admitted afterwards: "I felt pretty groggy on the front nine just from the drugs I had in my system, then kind of flushed that out on the back nine. But then the vertigo came back on the 13th tee box. I started shaking on the 16th tee box and then I just tried to get in, I just wanted to get in."

It would be a remarkable achievement if the 27-year-old could win tomorrow, and he's 9/2 to do just that.

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Beware Branden

He'll be by far the least talked about player heading into the final round, but that is unlikely to bother the South African who followed up his early rounds of 69 and 67 with a level par 70 on moving day.

"Tomorrow is going to be a good one," said an excited Grace. "This is what we play golf for. So it's my dream to be leading a tournament or tying the lead. To go into the final day of the US Open with the chance to win my first major is something special."

And his fellow competitors should be aware of an exceptional record the 27-year-old has. He's six for six while leading or co-leading a tournament heading in the final round.

But that record hasn't stopped the world No.40 being made the outsider for glory. He's 6/1 to lift the US Open trophy come the early hours of tomorrow.

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Record tumbles for Louis

Elsewhere, Louis Oosthuizen heads a chasing pack of four players - which also includes J.B. Holmes, Cameron Smith and Shane Lowry - three shots back on one-under-par and the 2010 Open champion saw a record tumble after a fantastic couple of rounds.

After carding rounds of 66 on Friday and Saturday - which followed a nightmare 77 on Thursday - Oosthuizen recorded the lowest middle 36-hole score in US Open history. Speaking to Sky Sports after his round, the South African said he expected to be five or six shots adrift; turns out he's three. Can a player from the chasing pack do it?

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Chambers Bay eats up Martin

A birdie at the first, one shot behind the leaders and everything was looking rosy for Ben Martin on moving day.

However, at the turn, the American was out in 45 after a bogey at the sixth, double-bogeys at the second, fourth and seventh and a quadruple-bogey at the eighth. And it was only slightly better on the back nine, with more bogeys on the tenth, 12th and 17th before closing out his round to forget with a triple-bogey to finish with a 16-over-par 86.

US Open :: Who will win?

So, will you be staying up until the early hours to watch the conclusion of the US Open and, more importantly, who do you think will win? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

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