Johnson shares US Open lead as Shinnecock takes toll

Carla Harmon
June 17, 2018

All of them face the same challenge during Sunday's final round, as the course at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club wreaked havoc on most scorecards in the first three rounds.

As well as they played, they finished before the halfway leaders had even teed off, and hardly expected to be tied for the lead on three-over for the tournament with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka by the end of the day. Anyone who wasn't already a Finau fan had to have been won over by his showing at Augusta, where he wrecked his ankle during a par-3 contest celebration then went on to finish tied for 10th.

Johnson carded a 7-over-par 77 but still found himself sharing the lead after surviving brutal conditions as Koepka set himself up for a shot at successfully defending his title.

Players can expect a mostly sunny day, topping out at 78 degrees with nearly no chance of rain throughout the day.

Mickelson celebrated his 48th birthday by matching his worst score in his 27th U.S. Open with an 81, and he provided the snapshot of a day that was entertaining for reasons the USGA didn't imagine. Notes: Shinnecock Hills is hosting its fifth U.S. Open and fourth since 1986.

Utah's own Tony Finau is among the leaders after three rounds of the US Open Championship.

"Just to have the opportunity today, I barely made the cut".

He's there with Patrick Reed, who still keeps his hopes alive of winning the year's first two majors. Rose is just a shot back at four-over and another European, Henrik Stenson is five-over. I thought we could be on the edge, but we've surpassed it, " he said.

Known as one of the best iron players in the game, Justin Rose was wayward with his approach shots Saturday, hitting only six of 18 greens.

Get ready for a Sunday at the U.S. Open that no one saw coming. "We've all been asking for a real U.S. Open again". "I mean, for the most part, we all had to play this afternoon". Sure, 77 isn't exactly good, but he did go out in 41 on the front side and had an 80-something staring him in the face for a while. I wanted to get to the next hole and I didn't see that happening at the time without the two shots. The greens are still holding up except for a few spots. I'm going to try and make par the hard way.

"I know the rules".

Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, labelled the incident "comical" and conceded Mickelson was "very lucky" to be handed "the softer option" of the two-shot penalty over potential disqualification.

Johnson didn't have anything that wild, rather more of a slow bleed that began with a shot off a sandy path and three putts on the par-3 second hole for his first double bogey of the championship. Johnson was in a four-way tie for the lead at 3-over 213, the highest 54-hole score to lead the US Open since the fabled "Massacre at Winged Foot" in 1974. Kiradech Aphibarnrat was another one with a stellar round, posting a 68 to jump to a tie for seventh at 6 over. He goes into the final round just three shots out of the lead.

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