Rose closing in as Johnson shares lead
Justin Rose heads into the final day of an enthralling US Open just one shot off the lead as the Englishman looks to snatch a second major crown.
The 2013 champion put together a three over 73 at Shinnecock Hills and that leaves the 37-year-old well placed to repeat his heroics of five years ago.
Either way, it promises to be a dramatic final day with 2016 winner Dustin Johnson one of four men tied for the lead on three-over par.
Johnson had been virtually error-free in the opening two days but the current world number one didn’t have it all his own way in the third round.
A double bogey on the second and four more bogies on the front nine left Johnson six over as he went on to record a round of 77.
Tony Finau and Daniel Berger were two of the players to benefit from Johnson’s challenging round three as they both hit a tournament low of a four-under 66 to tie the lead with Johnson.
Both Finau and Berger were already in the clubhouse by the time Johnson was starting and will certainly carry all the momentum heading into the final day.
Berger knows he’s right in with a chance of picking up his first major and the 25-year-old has already set out his target for the final round of action.
“If you can go shoot another three or four under, even par is going to be a great score,” he said.
Last year Brooks Koepka blitzed his way to a stunning US Open victory at Erin Hills and now looks well set to repeat his efforts of 12 months ago.
The defending champion produced the best round of the leading players, and his two-over 72 means he joins Finau, Berger and Johnson in an all-American lead.
In 2017 Koepka hit a round of 67 on the final day of the US Open to finish on -16 and he’ll be looking for that kind of form when he tees off at Shinnecock Hills.
Rose evokes 2013 memories
Rose’s only major tournament to date came at Merion Golf Club five years ago but the Olympic champion, who was tied for fourth at The Open Championship way back in 1998, could be set to add another piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet.
The Englishman showed all his grit and determination during round three to come out just one off the pace.
Rose sunk two birdies at the third and the 15th but a bogey on the final hole keeps him just behind the leading pack.
But the 37-year-old is certainly in a buoyant mood after shooting three over at Shinnecock Hills and feels he’s right in the mix for the title.
He said: “There will be a winner and I am right where I want to be.”
Stenson in contention
Sitting two shots back is 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson after shooting four over par in round three.
The Swede picked up The 145th Open at Royal Troon in 2016 and briefly held a lead during the early stages of his round but five bogeys on the back nine leaves him two shots off the pace.
Nevertheless, Stenson knows exactly what it takes to win a major and if he can replicate his form on the front nine in round four then he’s got a chance at glory.
He said: “I was really doing well on the front nine and let a couple go on the back nine and got on a small bogey train 13, 14, 15. So that kind of made the day a little bit less good, but all in all, we're still at the races, and we got an outside chance."
We’ve seen plenty of drama over the last three days so it really could be anybody’s title heading into the final round.
Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat are all tied for seventh at three shots back and there’s a six-way split at seven over par.
English duo Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton are amongst those in joint tenth and the former will be hoping to rediscover the earlier form that saw him with a share of the lead on day two.
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