Ten things to know about the third round of the 2014 US Open
Martin Kaymer was tremendous again on Saturday at the US Open but there were other storylines as well.
Martin Kaymer didn't have his best stuff on Saturday at the 2014 US Open but he had enough to hang on to a sizable lead going to Sunday.
Kaymer followed his back-to-back 65s with a 72 that, given the conditions (insane) wasn't as bad as it sounds. Actually, it was pretty good.
Here are 10 things to know about what transpired in the third round of the US Open.
1. Martin Kaymer is German for flagsticks: Kaymer came out firing at the first flagstick, which was just tremendous. He went par-bogey-par-bogey-eagle in his first five holes and leaked just two strokes the rest of the way including a birdie at the last.
That might not sound like much but on a day when only two golfers were under par and with everybody chasing him, it was immense.
History awaits for the big man Sunday.
2. No stars moved: Of the top 10 golfers in the world, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy were all poised to make a move on the lead. They were a combined 10 over.
3. Erik Compton's story keeps getting cooler: The man who's on his third heart (literally) shook the pine needles at Pinehurst on Saturday evening. He used five (!) birdies and an eagle to drop a 67 that only Rickie Fowler could match.
Writers everywhere have their rooting interest for Sunday. For more on Compton, check out Chip Patterson's story on the golfer.
4. Pinehurst was dirty: She giggled at those 36 under-par scores from the first two rounds of the tournament and spit out just two on Saturday. Only 58 percent of holes played were played to par compared to over 60 percent on Thursday and Friday. And these were the good players who made the cut!
5. This might be the best thing that's happened this week: It's cool that Fowler is playing in one of the final groups on Sunday after rocking the knickers on Thursday.
Rickie Fowler sent a message to Chelsea Stewart on Thursday about the knickers, saying, "Hope you liked them as much as I did."— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) June 14, 2014
Also, how awesome would it be if he came out in the knickers again on Sunday? It would be so chilling.
6. If you still think Phil Mickelson is in the mix, you need to give up the dream: Lefty is 12 back with 18 holes to go so unless he shoots a 59 on Sunday, which would double as the most impressive sports feat in the history of sports, then he needs to start thinking about Chambers Bay in 2015.
7. Is it over? Yes: According to Justin Ray, only six golfer have had a 54-hole lead of five shots or more and not gone on to won. It's even more rare at the US Open.
Go back 95 years to find the last guy to blow a 5-shot lead in final round of US. Open. And no, he's not the father of Greg, Peter and Bobby— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) June 14, 2014
That would be Mike Brady for those who didn't grow up with the Brady Bunch. 1919 US Open. Hagen tracked him down.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) June 14, 2014
8. Is it over? No: In 2005, Retief Goosen held a three-stroke lead at Pinehurst going to the final round and dropped an 80. Michael Campbell trailed him by four and beat him by eight. Could the same thing happen on Sunday? Sure, but it's not likely.
9. Martin Kaymer must love holidays: Because he's on the brink of doing something that hasn't been done since 1992.
10. Young Americans shining: We keep talking about those fleeting young Americans but don't look now. Of the top nine US-born golfers on the leaderboard five are in their 20s. Tom Watson might be taking notice for Gleneagles on Sunday.
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