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U.S. Open (Day 3)

U.S. Open (Day 3) US OPEN / Via Flickr


Many were predicting an Irishman to be sitting atop the leader board come Sunday. They were right, but his names not Rory.

Oakmont, Pa.-  Over the past week many experts have predicted which of the top golfers we would see hoisting the U.S. Open trophy.  You heard names like Jordan Speith, Jason Day, and everyone’s favorite Irishman Rory Mcllroy.  As Day 3 came to an end another Irish golfer is looking to make himself known.

Shane Lowry

As Day 3 came to an end we would see another suspension of play due to darkness. We would also see Irishman Shane Lowry sitting alone at the top of the Leaderboard.  Lowry is leading with at 5 under par with 4 holes left to finish his third round on Sunday at 7 a.m. EST.  Lowry was happy to end his day early.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to play another four holes as I was getting tired, but I’m really looking forward to getting out there on Sunday.” said Lowry.

Lowry is ranked 41st in the world golf rankings and is looking to win his first Major championship.

Others in contention

Another unlikely candidate at the top of the leaderboard is Andrew Landry.  Landry who has been around the top since day one is the 624th ranked player in golf. Not only is this Landry’s 12th PGA tour event, but he also sits 2 shots behind Lowry. He is 3 under par with 5 holes left to finish his 3rd round.

In a 3 way tie for 3rd place is Englishman Lee Westwood who is no stranger to Major Championships.  Westwood has 18 top 10 finishes in Major’s, including 9 top 3 finishes.  He has competed in 73 Major Championships without a win. He finds himself just 3 shots back with three holes remaining to finish his 3rd round.

Also in 3rd place at the moment is Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson Garcia has seen his share of let downs in Major championships.  He has played in 71 Major’s without a win and has four 2nd place finishes.  Garcia is known for being an emotional golfer.   We will get the chance to see if he can overcome past letdown and win.

Dustin Johnson is probably one of our most recent Major Championship disappointments.  In last years U.S. Open he recorded a three putt on the 72nd hole.  This would cost him a chance to either win or get into a playoff.  He is 3 shots behind Lowry with 5 holes left to play in his 3rd round.

Another player lurking around the top is South-African Brandon Grace.  Grace won the RBC-Heritage in April is trying to build on his 2015 U.S. Open performance.  In 2015 he was able to finish in 4th place.  He is 1 under par and is the only player in the top 6 to have completed his 3rd round of play.

Where is Jason Day and Jordan Speith?

For all you people who were predicting Jason Day to win the 116th U.S. Open do not worry.  Day has put himself back in contention and shown why he is ranked the Worlds #1 golfer.  Day would shoot a 3rd round 66 and battle himself back to within reach of the leaders.  Prior to the start of round three Day found himself tied for 45th place. Day would then rocket himself up the leaderboard into a four-way tie for 8th place.

Jordan Speith has managed to turn his game around as well, but it may be to late. He is now 4 over par and 9 strokes back of the leader.  If you believe what Speith had to say though he just might still be in this thing.

“I still like even par to win it” said Speith

Let the drama begin.

There are several players lurking around the top in search of their first major championship. On Sunday we can expect to see what makes us love golf so much.  The final round of any Major tests the nerves of even the greatest golfers in the world.  Add to the pressure a course like Oakmont Country Club.  Oakmont is getting tougher everyday as the ground continues to dry, and the pressure of not wanting to be remembered for any final round disasters should give some drama.

As a golf fan this is what it is all about.  We have inexperience at the top with the Worlds #1 golfer breathing down all of their necks.  What could be better than this heading into Day 4 of the 116th U.S. Open championship?