US Open third-round leaderboard
-5 M Hughes (Can), L Oosthuizen (SA), R Henley (US); -3 R McIlroy (NI), B DeChambeau (US); -2 S Scheffler (US), J Rahm (Spa), M Wolff (US)
Selected others: -1 D Johnson (US), C Morikawa (US), X Schauffele (US); E P Casey (Eng), I Poulter (Eng), B Koepka (US), J Thomas (US); +1 L Westwood (Eng), J Spieth (US), R Bland (Eng); +3 B Watson (US), A Scott (Aus)
Henley has had a share of the lead after each of the three rounds. The American has been relatively consistent without setting the course alight, finding a good putt or a chip-in birdie when needed.
Midway through round three, Canadian Hughes hit one of the putts of the round on the 13th for eagle from the fringe.
Hughes, who missed the cut in his previous five starts, was equalled by Oosthuizen on the last, as the South African got his own eagle with a putt from 52ft.
Defending champion Bryson Dechambeau (68) lies two shots behind the leader’s thanks to his first-ever bogey-free round at a major which consisted of three birdies.
Dechambeau attacked every green, peppering the flags with some quality iron shots, hitting 83% of the greens-in-regulation.
He is joined on three-under by Rory Mcilroy (67) who, along with Paul Casey, hit the best round of the day. His chip-in on the 12th was the highlight which was almost bettered a hole later when he struck the flag from 270 yards, before a tough two-putt for birdie.
Crashing back down for Bland
Richard Bland didn’t manage to stay at the top for very long on day three of the US Open. Bland carded a six-over 77, with five of his bogeys coming on the back nine.
The Englishman’s putting and greens hit in regulation were both worse than in rounds one and two which ended any chance he had at a victory that would have been more surprising than that of Mickelson’s at the PGA Championship.
World’s best in striking distance
The top six players in the official rankings are all within five shots of the lead.
World Golf Ranking:
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Justin Thomas
3. Jon Rahm
4. Collin Morikawa
5. Bryson Dechambeau
6. Xander Schauffele
Top of that list comes Dustin Johnson who played one of his best rounds of the tournament to date in terms of putting. DJ – as he is known in the golfing community – hit 24 putts in round three which was the best in the field.
Unfortunately, for the American, he missed too many fairways and only had a birdie putt on 50% of the greens which didn’t help.
In contrast, Jon Rahm had a frustrating day with the putter, as he averaged almost two putts per hole.
The Spaniard only made a couple of birdies on Saturday but a bogey on the 8th and a double on the 14th put him a further shot behind where he started the day.