US Open Day 3

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Martin Kaymer did not break par on a tough Day 3 at Pinehurst, but he did enough to retain a healthy lead.

After Saturday’s tough round at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer admitted he didn’t have his best stuff. After matching 65s to open this U.S. Open, the first time in major history someone had shot those numbers in Rounds 1 and 2, Kaymer was struggling, both with the tougher conditions and his own golf swing.

After bogeys on the 13th and 15th, it looked like Kaymer’s lead could shrink to three or even two, but the German made great pars on 16 and 17 before sticking his approach shot on the 18th to 10 feet and knocking in the putt for the closing birdie.

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Matt Kuchar Tied for 7th after shooting a 71

Rory McIlroy Tied for 16th after shooting 74

Graeme McDowell Tied for 42nd after shooting a 75 yesterday

Bubba Watson Probably went home

With a five-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, it will be Kaymer’s to lose on Sunday. But if he plays another round like he did on Saturday, it will be Kaymer’s name on the trophy on Sunday evening.

As for the people chasing him going into Saturday’s third round, Rory McIlroy shot 74, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth both shot disappointing 72s and Brendon Todd, who was paired with Kaymer in the third round, struggled all day on his way to a 9-over 79.

Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton both fired 3-under 67s, incredibly impressive considering the 73.8 scoring average on Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Fowler’s round was solid, making five birdies and two bogeys to get himself in the final group on Sunday with Kaymer.

Compton, playing in only his second major championship ever, got off to a hot start with two birdies and an eagle over his first eight holes, and while a bogey on the 16th dropped him back to 3-under, it was the birdie putt on the 18th he had to get in the final group at 4-under.