The U.S. Open Day 3 Another New Leader

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Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY — September 20, 2020

Maybe the golf experts were right, the number of players under par at the 120th U.S. Open dwindled to 3. Second-round leader Patrick Reed started the day Saturday at -4. A third-round score of 77 dropped him to 3 over par and a tie for 11th place, 8 strokes off the pace set by new leader Matthew Wolff.

Matthew Wolff leads after Round 3 of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. / Photo Courtesy of PGATour.com

Given the way the course has played, anyone in the Top 20 could possibly pull off the win and add their name to the legacy of Open champions at Winged Foot Golf Club.

The Leaders

Wolff scored a first-round 66 to end Day 1 a stroke behind leader Justin Thomas. Then on Friday a 74 took him, seemingly, out of contention. Yesterday he matched Thomas’ low round of the tournament score of 65 and found himself in the lead at 3 under par. Five birdies on the front nine put him in position, he held on with 6 straight pars on the back nine until a bogey at 16 cost him a stroke. Finishing with a birdie on 18, Wolff sat atop the leaderboard heading into the final day of the tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau started the day with bogeys on the first two holes and it looked like he might be another of the players to succumb to the difficulty of the course and slip back to par or greater. A birdie on the 7th got him 1 stroke back and as his round came to an end he made a serious run at the top spot with birdies on 16 and 17. A bogey on the final hole left DeChambeau at 3 under par for the tournament, 2 strokes off Wolff’s lead.

Louis Oosthuizen recovered from an ugly 74 on Friday to shoot 68 Saturday. He is the only other player under par for the week, sitting at -1. Three players are tied for 4th at even par, Harris English, Xander Schauffele, and Hideki Matsuyama.

Notables

Rory McIlroy is in contention at 1 over par for the tournament. First-round leader Justin Thomas is at 4 over. Overwhelming pre-tournament favorite Dustin Johnson is +5 and tied for 21st in a group that includes Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Tony Finau, and Paul Casey.

Jon Rahm’s Saturday score of 76 took him out of contention, he is 7 over par and 12 strokes off the lead. Rickie Fowler(+8), Jason Day(+12), and Rory Sabbatini(+19) are a few of the notables at the back of the pack.

Who wins today? Most likely the course, any score under par may be good enough to capture the U.S. Open trophy and title in 2020.

Third Round Results of the 120th U.S. Open from Winged Foot Golf Club

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Matthew Wolff -5 66 74 65 205
2 Bryson DeChambeau -3 69 68 70 207
3 Louis Oosthuizen -1 67 74 68 209
T4 Harris English E 68 70 72 210
T4 Xander Schauffele E 68 72 70 210
T4 Hideki Matsuyama E 71 69 70 210
7 Rory McIlroy 1 67 76 68 211
T8 Rafael Cabrera Bello 2 68 70 74 212
T8 Viktor Hovland 2 71 71 70 212
T8 Zach Johnson 2 70 74 68 212
T11 Patrick Reed 3 66 70 77 213
T11 Thomas Pieters 3 66 74 73 213
T11 Webb Simpson 3 71 71 71 213
T11 Joaquin Niemann 3 68 73 72 213
T11 Lucas Glover 3 71 71 71 213
T11 Alexander Noren 3 72 74 67 213
T17 Justin Thomas 4 65 73 76 214
T17 Billy Horschel 4 72 70 72 214
T17 Adam Long 4 71 74 69 214
T17 Will Zalatoris 4 70 74 70 214
T21 Brendon Todd 5 68 72 75 215
T21 Bubba Watson 5 72 69 74 215
T21 Lee Westwood 5 67 76 72 215
T21 Tony Finau 5 69 73 73 215
T21 Dustin Johnson 5 73 70 72 215
T21 Paul Casey 5 76 70 69 215
T27 Jason Kokrak 6 68 71 77 216
T27 Renato Paratore 6 71 72 73 216
T27 Thomas Detry 6 71 72 73 216
T27 Lanto Griffin 6 71 74 71 216
T31 Jon Rahm 7 69 72 76 217
T31 Charles Howell III 7 73 72 72 217
T31 Daniel Berger 7 73 70 74 217
T34 Sungjae Im 8 70 75 73 218
T34 Matt Wallace 8 70 75 73 218
T34 Rickie Fowler 8 69 77 72 218
T34 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 8 70 76 72 218
T38 Adam Scott 9 71 74 74 219
T38 Adam Hadwin 9 72 73 74 219
T40 Erik van Rooyen 10 70 74 76 220
T40 Stephan Jaeger 10 71 70 79 220
T40 Taylor Pendrith 10 71 74 75 220
T40 Michael Thompson 10 70 75 75 220
T40 Lucas Herbert 10 72 74 74 220
T40 Romain Langasque 10 71 74 75 220
T40 Ryo Ishikawa 10 72 74 74 220
T47 Tyler Duncan 11 73 71 77 221
T47 Robert MacIntyre 11 74 72 76 222
T47 Brian Harman 11 74 72 75 221
T47 Bernd Wiesberger 11 73 72 76 221
T51 Jason Day 12 72 74 76 222
T51 Cameron Smith 12 71 73 78 222
53 Patrick Cantlay 14 70 76 76 222
54 Sebastian Munoz 16 71 74 77 222
55 Chesson Hadley 17 73 73 77 223
56 John Pak 18 69 76 79 224
T57 Rory Sabbatini 19 69 76 78 223
T57 Shane Lowry 19 76 70 77 223
59 Shugo Imahira 21 71 74 78 223
60 Troy Merritt 24 72 74 78 224
61 Abraham Ancer 25 71 75 79 225