USGA apologizes for unfair course in 3rd round of U.S. Open

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"I was anxious about running the (first) putt by, left it short, blocked the next one, then blocked it again", said Woods, who added another double at 14. "And sometimes, it kind of rewards you for playing the correct shot or playing it how you should instead of being so aggressive".

Of course, there remains rich and tantalising opportunity, as there does for Tommy Fleetwood on the same mark after a brilliant 66, one behind two other Americans in Scott Piercy and Charley Hoffman on level par. Gretzky says Johnson, who has a four-shot lead at Shinnecock Hills, never blames conditions or a golf course when something goes wrong on the course. Yesterday the world's best players were made to look like weekend hackers with barely a putt reaching the hole, others taking wicked deflections with the afternoon Poa Annua grass poking random pinheads through the surface.

Berger and Finau, who started the day 11 shots out of the lead, will play in the final group.

Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute. I do it every day when I play.

A bogey at the second followed, and the bogey at the sixth before his bravura finish. I feel for the membership, because I know many of them.

"So that was pleasing to do as well as I did, especially on that back nine".

A gutsy birdie-birdie finish was not enough to put Tiger Woods through to the weekend at the US Open, but the US superstar "absolutely" believes he will win another major title.

Rose was one shot behind, with Stenson another shot behind.

Johnson, who started the third round with a four-shot lead, barely nudged his 17-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole.

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"I was just having a good time", he said. I mean, I haven't played in wind like that for quite a long time and I just felt like I couldn't aim far enough left or right to allow for the wind. "I feel like you've got to take it from me, to be honest". Dustin Johnson, who is comfortably leading this tournament and played in the exact same weather conditions as a member of Woods' threesome, hit 79 percent of fairways and 71 percent of greens.

Tiger Woods won't be around to see how it turns out, and he had plenty of company.

Woods closed with back-to-back birdies to salvage a 72.

Before this week he had missed the cut only once in nine events in 2018. Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are all gone.

Johnson three-putted the final green to lose his outright advantage, while Rose also finished with a bogey-five to close a three-over 73.

Woods' putting let him down and over the two rounds made three double bogeys, one triple bogey and six bogeys over the two days. Even Tiger Woods was impressed with Johnson's play at Shinnecock given the hard conditions. Koepka made only two birdies in his hard-earned round of 72, leaving him poised to become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back in the U.S. Open.

They are among five players on one-under for the tournament, along with Poutler, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and England's Justin Rose, the 2013 champion.

Mickelson's shocking display in the third round earned him a 2-stroke penalty for breaking the rule against hitting a moving ball and led to a 10 on the hole, an 81 overall.

"Unfortunately, they've lost the golf course".

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