Nobody caught Martin Kaymer on Saturday but there was some terrific golf from Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton. There was also some really bad golf from everyone else -- including an 88 from somebody early in the day.
Pinehurst was an absolute monster for Round 3 (as she should be) and we have a full recap of what happened right here.
7:27 PM: Signing off for the day. Kaymer's tournament to lose on Sunday but if he loses it I bet Fowler is right there to clean things up. Should be fun.
Happy (almost) Father's Day, everyone!
7:25 PM: This seems important.
Something to keep in mind: In 2005 at Pinehurst, defending Open champ Retief Goosen led by three after 54 holes. Then he shot an 81.— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) June 14, 2014
7:17 PM: A Paulina Gretzky sighting!
7:15 PM: Oh, hey, a Brooks Koepka sighting!
7:01 PM: Fowler needs to go with the knickers again on Sunday. For many reasons.
6:57 PM: Another bogey from Kaymer and he's down to 7 under but still four clear of Fowler and Co.
6:34 PM: Kaymer just three-putted for bogey (what is that?) and leads Kevin Na by just four. Big final few holes for them on deck.
6:28 PM: No go on the birdie for Compton but what a round of 67 and what a story. He'll be in one of the final two groups on Sunday.
6:25 PM: Compton sticks one on No. 18, he's tryingt to birdie and beat Fowler's round of 67.
6:18 PM: Fowler said he sent a message to Payne Stewart's daughter, Chelsea, after he donned the knickers on Thursday and hoped she and her family liked them as much as he did.
6:02 PM: Rickie Fowler just shot a 67 that probably feels like a 57 given how this course is playing.
5:37 PM: I agree with this.
That front 9 by Kaymer could well have been a 40 and he made it a 36. That's how you win the @usopengolf Can he keep it up?— Ron Sirak (@ronsirak) June 14, 2014
5:30 PM: Kaymer finishes his first nine holes in 1 over and he's up five. Closing.
5:28 PM: This is one of my favorite photos from the tournament.
5:21 PM: Don't love.
5:19 PM: Jordan Spieth gets to 1 under. We looking at another final pairing of Spieth-Kaymer in the final round?
5:03 PM: Erik Compton is in second alone. That's wild. If you don't know his story, you should read about it.
4:49 PM: Kaymer just BLEW one by at No. 6.
4:35 PM: Kaymer in trouble on the par-5 5th and hits a joke of a second shot to make eagle. We could be looking at ballgame, folks.
When they post Kaymer at -10 every other player is gonna be like,"Screw this."— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) June 14, 2014
4:25 PM: Wow, Martin Kaymer just made an insane bogey (if there is such a thing). If that was his biggest test of the day then he passed it.
4:22 PM: This from Rory McIlroy was hilarious.
4:20 PM: Kaymer takes an unplayable and, yep, we have ourselves a developing situation. Kaymer could drop to 7 under or 6 under after this hole.
4:15 PM: I mean, if you break 70 today you are a man.
4:14 PM: Ohhhh boy.
Not an ideal lie for Martin Kaymer - pic.twitter.com/HUToK3FsoK— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 14, 2014
4:12 PM: I'm going to do a push up for every bogey made today. I'm going to look like LeBron by the end of the day.
4:04 PM: Kenny Perry just said "It was a golf course of 18 of the toughest pins I've ever seen. It's the hardest setup I've ever experienced in a major championship."
4:03 PM: Kaymer is knocking down flags. This thing is ov-ah.
4:00 PM: Phil Mickelson finishes up his round. He shot 72 (which is actually pretty good) and is now 5 over for the tournament. That might be top 10 when the blood settles today.
3:57 PM: Brendon Todd looks like he's bending over to tie his shoes when he swings.
3:52 PM: Yeesh. Are we going to see this again today?
Via @BWAvery, last time nobody broke par in the 3rd round of US Open was in 1963. Which is about when Spieth's FATHER was born.— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) June 14, 2014
3:42 PM: Yeah, this is the understatement of the day.
Retief Goosen after shooting 71: "They made sure there are no low scores out there.'' #usopen— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) June 14, 2014
3:39 PM: This is the best shot Matt Kuchar has hit all week.
3:34 PM: I can't be the only one who loves that Henrik Stenson wears Boss clothes. Because he is one.
3:33 PM: Martin Kaymer just launched his first iron at the first pin. It was not the swing of someone leading the US Open by six shots. Today should be joyous.
3:28 PM: Every group is on the course. Let's do this.
3:18 PM: It's kind of stunning to me that Rickie Fowler doesn't win more tournaments. He always seems to be hanging around at the big ones.
3:16 PM: What a US Open we have going on.
3:14 PM: Here's that Kenny Perry shot.
2:59 PM: Kenny Perry just hit a Bubba Watson-ish hook out of the native stuff and into the cup from a LONG way out. Shot of the tournament. We'll have it up shortly.
2:43 PM: This is how Martin Kaymer is warming up today. Actually, this is how he always warms up.
2:32 PM: Johnny Miller is on fire today.
2:21 PM: I'm a large fan of this Adam Scott-Jordan Spieth pairing. Could watch those two swing it all day. Lots of women probably could, too.
1:57 PM: I guess it shouldn't surprise me Mickelson has been playing the harmonica since he was eight..
1:52 PM: I absolutely love Mickelson-Bones conversations. Lefty just said "I think I can bust it as much as I want."
1:27 PM: Hah!
Best. Phil. Face. Ever. pic.twitter.com/BUDLr8UwZg— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 14, 2014
12:36 PM: Very cool graphic here.
12:31 PM: Nobody has reached No. 18 yet but I wouldn't be surprised to see the USGA president laying over the cup to guard it. That's how the Open is playing today.
12:25 PM: This seems like a good place to start.
European-born players with 10+ @EuropeanTour wins, multiple majors and World no. 1 before age 30: Seve Ballesteros. Kaymer would be 2nd.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 14, 2014
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Saturday's a pretty big day for the 2014 US Open. Martin Kaymer's a long way ahead of the field but the championship could drum up a lot of interest if he falls back.
And there are some groups available to make a run and/or bring big crowds to Pinehurst No. 2.
Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson (11:56 a.m. ET) stands out as a pairing to bring in massive crowds on Saturday and Adam Scott/Jordan Spieth (2:19 p.m.) should see a large following as well.
Boo Weekley/Sergio Garcia (10:28 a.m.) will probably result in a buddy-cop drama on NBC next month.
There are a slew of other interesting pairings available Saturday:
|2014 U.S. Open Round 3 tee times and pairings|
|Group||Tee Time||Tee Start||Golfer No. 1||Golfer No. 2|
|1||9:22 a.m.||1||Nicholas Lindheim||N/A|
|2||9:33 a.m.||1||Billy Hurley III||Zach Johnson|
|3||9:44 a.m.||1||Zac Blair||Toru Taniguchi|
|4||9:55 a.m.||1||Paul Casey||Justin Leonard|
|5||10:06 a.m.||1||Kevin Stadler||Clayton Rask|
|6||10:17 a.m.||1||Russell Henley||Matthew Fitzpatrick (a)|
|7||10:28 a.m.||1||Boo Weekley||Sergio Garcia|
|8||10:39 a.m.||1||Ryan Moore||Cody Gribble|
|9||10:50 a.m.||1||Kevin Tway||Bo Van Pelt|
|10||11:01 a.m.||1||Retief Goosen||Louis Oosthuizen|
|11||11:12 a.m.||1||Ernie Els||Harris English|
|12||11:23 a.m.||1||Stewart Cink||Bill Haas|
|13||11:34 a.m.||1||Alex Cejka||Shiv Kapur|
|14||11:45 a.m.||1||Kenny Perry||Billy Horschel|
|15||11:56 a.m.||1||Phil Mickelson||Webb Simpson|
|16||12:07 p.m.||1||Patrick Reed||Scott Langley|
|17||12:18 p.m.||1||Daniel Berger||Gary Woodland|
|18||12:29 p.m.||1||Jim Furyk||Garth Mulroy|
|19||12:40 p.m.||1||Graeme McDowell||Lucas Bjerregaard|
|20||12:51 p.m.||1||Fran Quinn||Seung-Yui Noh|
|21||1:02 p.m.||1||Victor Dubuisson||Jimmy Walker|
|22||1:13 p.m.||1||Aaron Baddeley||Justin Rose|
|23||1:24 p.m.||1||Jason Day||Marcel Siem|
|24||1:35 p.m.||1||Danny Willett||J.B. Holmes|
|25||1:46 p.m.||1||Steve Stricker||Rickie Fowler|
|26||1:57 p.m.||1||Hideki Matsuyama||Ian Poulter|
|27||2:08 p.m.||1||Erik Compton||Francesco Molinari|
|28||2:19 p.m.||1||Adam Scott||Jordan Spieth|
|29||2:30 p.m.||1||Chris Kirk||Rory McIlroy|
|30||2:41 p.m.||1||Matt Kuchar||Henrik Stenson|
|31||2:52 p.m.||1||Keegan Bradley||Brendon De Jonge|
|32||3:03 p.m.||1||Dustin Johnson||Brooks Koepka|
|33||3:14 p.m.||1||Brandt Snedeker||Kevin Na|
|34||3:25 p.m.||1||Brendon Todd||Martin Kaymer|