2014 US Open star watch: Rickie Fowler shoots impressive 67
Justin Rose is hanging tough but it was Fowler who blew away his competitors on Saturday to set himself up nicely for Sunday.
Rickie Fowler shot a 67 on Saturday at the US Open that likely felt like a 57 given that the scoring average at Pinehurst was a brutal 5-over 75 on the day.
Even Phil Mickelson was impressed. Lefty finished his round about two hours before Fowler finished his but Mickelson said he doubted anybody would break 70.
"I don't see anybody shooting under par today," Mickelson said. "It could happen, but it's very unlikely."
Fowler used five birdies and just two bogeys to get in the clubhouse with the US Open lead late on Saturday afternoon, though he'll be passed by at least Martin Kaymer and maybe others as the leaders come in.
He needed a stunning 24 putts on the day to get through Round 3. Here's one of those five birdies:
"I'm happy to be under par," Fowler told NBC's Steve Sands. "It was a grind out there today."
Fowler is looking for his second-straight top 10 finish at a US Open which is incredibly impressive.
Justin Rose (E): The defending champ is defending well, especially compared to what past champs have done. Here's a look:
Webb Simpson (2012): T32
Rory McIlroy (2011): CUT
Graeme McDowell (2010): T14
Lucas Glover (2009): T58
Jordan Spieth (1 over): A bad 72 from Spieth (if there was such a thing on Saturday) with bogeys at the last two holes from Spieth. He's fighting, though. I'll never pick him to miss a major cut again. Ever.
Rory McIlroy (3 over): Disappointing round for McIlroy. I really thought he had a chance to make a move on Saturday. Instead...
Rory McIlroy's front nine 40 today was his 6th 9-hole score of 40 or more in 2014.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 14, 2014
Adam Scott (3 over): Scott started at even and said he wanted to creep up the leaderbord towards Kaymer. Instead, five bogeys left him creeping the other way. Still, his first-ever top 10 finish at a US Open is definitely in play on Sunday.
Matt Kuchar (1 over): Not a bad 71 from Kuchar, this chip-in certainly helped. Two bogeys in his last three holes did not.
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