Three Players Lead the U. S. Open Heading Into the Final Round

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Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, CA — June 19, 2021

Round 3 of a 4-day professional golf tournament is generally referred to as “moving day.” At the 2021 United States Open Golf Championship there was a considerable amount of movent at the top of the leaderboard. Some players traveled closer to the top, while others moved in the opposite direction.

Three players will tee it up with a share of the lead heading into the Final Round of the United States Open Championship on Sunday. Photo Credit: Darren Carroll / USGA

Day 2 leaders Russell Henley and Richard Bland moved on divergent paths. Henly scrambled to an even-par 71 to stay at 5 under and secure a part of the lead. Bland got on the down escalator and could not get off. After two rounds in red numbers, he blew up in Round 3 with a 6 over par 77 ending up at +1, tied for 21st, and out of contention for the victory.

Louis Oosthuizen had one of the most interesting rounds of the day. He started Saturday a stoke out of the lead at 4 under par. A bogey on the first started the day in the wrong direction, he got that stroke back with a birdie on the 5th. Another bogey on the 7th hole and he finished the front nine at -3. Another bogey, birdie, bogey sequence followed on 10, 13, and 14. At -2, the tournament seemed to be slipping away. Oosthuizen birdied the par-3, 16th, then an eagle on 18 moved Louis into a tie for the lead heading into the final day.

Torrey Pines Golf Course has been reluctant to give up red numbers in the first 3 rounds of the Open Championship. The lowest score to this point in the tournament has been a 4 under par 67. Taking that into consideration, it is likely Sunday’s champion will come from the group of players sitting within four shots of the lead.

The Leaders

Russell Henley is tied for the lead for the third day in a row. Mackenzie Hughes took Bland’s place at the top of the leaderboard. After shooting an opening round of 73, Hughes has put together rounds of 67 and 68 to equal Henley’s and Oosthuizen’s score of 5 under.

Mackenzie Hughes jumped into contention with a birdie on No. 11 and an eagle on the par-5 13th. Photo Credit: Darren Carroll / USGA

Rory McIlroy moved into contention with one of those rounds of 67, he sits at 3 under heading into the final day. Bryson DeChambeau, whose rounds are often like riding a roller coaster, stepped off the carnival ride to record a 3-under score of 68. DeChambeau has played 67 rounds of major championship golf in his professional career, today was the first in which he did not record a bogey on the scorecard. He sits tied for 4th with McIlroy at -3.

Rory McIlroy was roaring up the leader board on Saturday at Torrey Pines. Photo Credit: Chris Keane / USGA

Jon Rahm and Matthew Wolff moved in the wrong direction as they finished with over-par scores of 72 and 73 respectively. They are tied with Scottie Scheffler for 6th at 2 under.

The Followers

Five players, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Xander Schauffele, and Kevin Streelman, are 4 strokes back at 1 under par. it will take a low round of the tournament to move any of the 5 into contention for the win.

A 67 for Paul Casey moved him to even-par where he is tied with 6 other players. Including Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka, and Justin Thomas. Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer are in a group at +1. Bubba Watson followed his 67 on Friday with a Saturday round of 77 and sits at +3.

Sergio Garcia(+5), Hideki Matsuyama(+6), and Phil Mickelson(+7) will be playing out the final round early on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau left his approach on the 14th hole short of the green, but the defending champion got up and down for par. Photo Credit: Chris Keane / USGA

Highlights

Leaderboard

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
T1 Mackenzie Hughes -5 73 67 68 208
T1 Louis Oosthuizen -5 67 71 70 208
T1 Russell Henley -5 67 70 71 208
T4 Rory McIlroy -3 70 73 67 210
T4 Bryson DeChambeau -3 73 69 68 210
T6 Scottie Scheffler -2 72 69 70 211
T6 Jon Rahm -2 69 70 72 211
T6 Matthew Wolff -2 70 68 73 211
T9 Dustin Johnson -1 71 73 68 212
T9 Collin Morikawa -1 75 67 70 212
T9 Christiaan Bezuidenhout -1 72 70 70 212
T9 Xander Schauffele -1 69 71 72 212
T9 Kevin Streelman -1 71 69 72 212
T14 Paul Casey E 71 75 67 213
T14 Ian Poulter E 74 71 68 213
T14 Francesco Molinari E 68 76 69 213
T14 Sungjae Im E 72 72 69 213
T14 Brooks Koepka E 69 73 71 213
T14 Justin Thomas E 73 69 71 213
T14 Harris English E 72 70 71 213
T21 Jordan Spieth 1 77 69 68 214
T21 Martin Kaymer 1 77 68 69 214
T21 Chris Baker 1 74 71 69 214
T21 Lanto Griffin 1 76 69 69 214
T21 Brian Harman 1 72 71 71 214
T21 Lee Westwood 1 71 72 71 214
T21 Guido Migliozzi 1 71 70 73 214
T21 Richard Bland 1 70 67 77 214
T29 Joaquin Niemann 2 75 69 71 215
T29 Daniel Berger 2 71 72 72 215
T31 Si Woo Kim 3 71 75 70 216
T31 J.T. Poston 3 72 73 71 216
T31 Patrick Cantlay 3 70 75 71 216
T31 Adam Scott 3 70 75 71 216
T31 Charl Schwartzel 3 71 74 71 216
T31 Robert MacIntyre 3 71 73 72 216
T31 Chez Reavie 3 76 68 72 216
T31 Rikuya Hoshino 3 69 74 73 216
T31 Branden Grace 3 72 70 74 216
T31 Bubba Watson 3 72 67 77 216
T41 Dylan Frittelli 4 73 72 72 217
T41 Matt Fitzpatrick 4 70 75 72 217
T41 Dylan Wu 4 70 73 74 217
T41 Adam Hadwin 4 70 72 75 217
T45 Kevin Kisner 5 73 73 72 218
T45 Shane Lowry 5 72 74 72 218
T45 Edoardo Molinari 5 70 76 72 218
T45 Gary Woodland 5 74 71 73 218
T45 Sergio Garcia 5 71 74 73 218
T45 Rafa Cabrera Bello 5 68 76 74 218
T45 Jhonattan Vegas 5 75 69 74 218
T45 Charley Hoffman 5 72 71 75 218
T45 Patrick Rodgers 5 70 71 77 218
T54 Akshay Bhatia 6 73 73 73 219
T54 Troy Merritt 6 75 71 73 219
T54 Wade Ormsby 6 72 74 73 219
T54 Tommy Fleetwood 6 72 73 74 219
T54 Patrick Reed 6 72 73 74 219
T54 Hideki Matsuyama 6 69 76 74 219
T54 Stewart Cink 6 73 72 74 219
T54 Marc Leishman 6 74 70 75 219
T54 Tom Hoge 6 72 71 76 219
T63 Rick Lamb 7 71 75 74 220
T63 Taylor Montgomery 7 70 76 74 220
T63 Greyson Sigg 7 71 74 75 220
T63 Phil Mickelson 7 75 69 76 220
T67 Kyle Westmoreland 9 71 73 78 222
T67 Matt Jones 9 72 71 79 222
69 Jimmy Walker 10 74 72 77 223
70 Fabian Gomez 11 70 76 78 224
71 Wilco Nienaber 13 72 74 80 226