OAKMONT, Pa. – Another marathon day at the U.S. Open is in the books.
A day of golf that started at 7 a.m. didn’t end until play was suspended by darkness at 8:49 p.m.
A total of 28 players still need to finish the third round.
Here are nine observations from Saturday at Oakmont Country Club.
Running out of steam: World No. 2 Jordan Spieth put a charge into the Oakmont gallery early in his third round, running off three straight birdies to reach 1-over for the championship, within five shots of the lead. But Spieth’s momentum was derailed by a bogey on the 14th hole (he started on the back nine), and he ended up carding an even-par 70, leaving him at 4-over for the tournament.
All over the map: Bryson DeChambeau’s third round was an adventure, to say the least. It started with three straight bogeys, which he interrupted with a birdie before dropping another shot. From there, DeChambeau wrote down five straight ‘3s’ on the scorecard – three of them for birdie – before an ugly ‘7’ on the par-5 12th. He bounced back from that with two more birdies. Add it all up and it was a round of even-par 70 that has DeChambeau in a tie for seventh place.
Had enough: Henrik Stenson’s 1-under 69 in the first round was a promising start, but the 40-year-old Swede couldn’t back it up. Stenson was 10-over through 16 holes Friday when play was suspended because of darkness. Instead of coming back Saturday morning to finish his round, Stenson packed up his clubs and went home without giving the USGA a reason. The world’s No. 7 player later tweeted that he had minor neck and knee injuries. Just a guess, but he probably could have played through those maladies if his scorecard read a little differently.
Not a good look: Needing a par on the ninth hole Saturday – his last one of the second round – Rory McIlroy instead carded an ugly double bogey. He drove the ball into a fairway bunker, then needed two shots to get out. After hitting his fourth on the green, he two-putted for a round of 71, missing the cut in a U.S. Open for the third time. After the round, McIlroy left the course without speaking to reporters.
Not a good look, part II: The pressure of a U.S. Open can get to a guy. It certainly did for Spencer Levin, as video surfaced Saturday of him having a complete meltdown after a poor iron shot. Levin channeled his inner 5-year-old in slamming his club into the ground multiple times after the shot.
Shot of the day: There were plenty to choose from, as five players holed out for eagle, but we’ll go with Lee Westwood, who made a 2 on the par-4 fifth hole when he jarred his approach shot from 130 yards. It was Westwood’s second eagle of the tournament, matching the number he had made in U.S. Opens from 1997-2015.
Outfit of the day: Loud pants have been the theme this year, and none screamed more than Jason Dufner’s Saturday. He paired a white shirt with blue pants that are best described as camouflage. Honorable mention goes to Gregory Bourdy, the Frenchman who sported a wine glass on his shoes.
Future sites: The United States Golf Association announced Saturday that the U.S. Open will return to Oakmont for a 10th time in 2025, while Shinnecock Hills on Long Island will host in 2026. Shinnecock will also host in 2018.
Up next: The third round will resume at 7 a.m. At the conclusion of the third round, players will be grouped in twosomes for the final round.