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US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Third round scores as Rory McIlroy starts day near top of leaderboard

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Follow all the latest latest updates and leaderboard moves from the third round of the US Open at Brookline, Massachusetts, after a host of big names got themselves in contention ahead of the weekend.

The Open champion Collin Morikawa led the way on Saturday morning alongside fellow American Joel Dahmen on five-under-par, but there were plenty of rivals in a tightly congested chasing pack, including world No3 Rory McIlroy and No2 Jon Rahm one shot back on – 4. The world No1 Scottie Scheffler began two shots off the lead, while other notable chasers include the in-form Sam Burns (-2), Olympic champion Xander Schauffele (-1), and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick (-2), who won the US Open junior title at this venue.

Brookline has proved a challenging course so far and McIlroy illustrated exactly that on the third hole on Friday when he sent his approach into thick fescue grass, which he took three swipes to escape from before pulling off a brilliant 20-foot putt to limit the damage to a double bogey in an otherwise solid round. “I think I have to go out with the mindset this week that I’m going to try to win my first (major) again,” McIlroy said afterwards. “I’m playing as good a golf as I’ve played in a long time.”

Follow all the action from the third round of the US Open below.

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Justin Thomas (+1) is away, choosing to play a three wood short of the bunkers on the first fairway, and it’s a nice straight hit to settle him into the round. Less conservative is his choice of trouser colour: not quite maroon, nor pink, but somewhere in the middle. Plum? They’re bold, anyway. Visual evidence when we get it.

Lawrence Ostlere18 June 2022 18:00

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Some of the best images from a beautiful day in Massachusetts which is just starting to heat up.

Richard Bland tees off on the fifth hole

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A view of the fifth green at Brookline

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Jordan Spieth plays his tee shot on the second hole

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Max Homa plays his first tee shot of the third round at Brookline

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Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

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We are in to the group of players on +1 overnight, six shots back, which includes major winners Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson. In any normal tournament that would seem like a gap worthy of challenging the lead on moving day, but this US Open is so tight, the conditions are so tough today at Brookline, and there is a huge pack of more than 30 players ahead of them .

Even so, you would expect one of these four to have a real crack at climbing the leaderboard today, and they will hope the wind only gets stiffer for the leaders later.

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 5:49 p.m.

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Joel Dahmen is some story. Dahmen, Buckley, Beau Hossler, NeSmith, Rodgers and Hardy made it to this week by earning spots via 36 holes of qualifying in a process that starts with nearly 9,000 entrants, whittles to 870, then ends with 65 joining the other 91 who had earned exemptions straight into the field.

“It will be a big weekend,” said Dahmen, who seriously considered skipping the qualifying process in exchange for a few weeks off. “We don’t tee off until 3:45 tomorrow. I typically have to be home at 5 for dinner. So, this will be different for sure.”

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022, 5:44 p.m.

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This is clearly a stiff test today and the leaders may even be happy with even in this third round, by the looks of it. Tyrrell Hatton is one of those stuggling three-over-par for the day. The wind is swirling and the greens are firm, and it all makes for some very difficult conditions to control a golf ball.

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 5:23 p.m.

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Bryson DeChambeau (+2) is away on his third round and he hits a par on the first. Up ahead England’s Richard Bland is two over par through the first three holes.

Lawrence Ostlere18 June 2022 17:11

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Matt Fitzpatrick revels in new-found status as one of golf’s big hitters

Matt Fitzpatrick reveled in his new-found status as one of golf’s big hitters as he played his way into contention for the second major in succession.

A month after finishing fifth in the US PGA Championship, a battling second round of 70 gave Fitzpatrick a halfway total of two under par in the 122nd US Open at Brookline, the scene of his US Amateur triumph in 2013.

And it was achieved partly in thanks to his increased length off the tee, the 27-year-old from Sheffield averaging 317.7 yards in driving distance, two yards ahead of playing partner and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson.

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 4:53 p.m.

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Report from Friday’s play

The cream rose to the top on day two of the US Open as a quartet of major champions including Rory McIlroy helped set up a mouth-watering weekend at Brookline.

Open champion Collin Morikawa carded a superb 66 to share the lead with fellow American Joel Dahmen on five under par, with reigning US Open champion Jon Rahm and four-time major winner McIlroy a shot behind.

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 4:46 p.m.

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McIlroy confident he can produce best golf

Rory McIlroy was in buoyant mood as he headed into the third round of the US Open in contention for a fifth major title and first since 2014.

McIlroy recovered from a double bogey on the third hole in round two to card a 69 for a halfway total of four under par, one shot off the lead shared by Open champion Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen.

Rory McIlroy is one stroke back at the halfway point of the US Open (Julio Cortez/AP)

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“I think I have to go out with the mindset this week that I’m going to try to win my first (major) again,” McIlroy said.

“I’m playing as good a golf as I’ve played in a long time. I have a lot of experience. I’m in a good place. I’m really happy with where my game is at, and I think that’s the most important thing.”

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 4:41 p.m.

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The best score so far today comes from America’s Denny McCarthy at -2 through six holes, which has brought him to +1 overall. Most of the other early starters are +1 today through the first few holes, including Max Homa, Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay, and Spieth now join them after finding a greenside bunker on the first.

Lawrence OstlereJune 18, 2022 4:35 p.m.

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