After a wild three days at Chambers Bay, the stage is set for what should be an epic finale in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open.
Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and Masters champion Jordan Spieth are all tied at 4-under heading into Sunday action. Shockingly, only six players in the entire field shot under par during round 3 – Day’s 68 among them.
Spieth and Grace will tee off Sunday at 5:48pm EST. Johnson and Day will tee off at 6pm EST.
Here’s a look at how we got here:
Jason Day: (-4)
Dealing with the lingering symptoms of vertigo and at times struggling to keep his balance, Jason Day somehow shot 2-under-par 68 on Saturday at the U.S. Open to join a four-way tie for the lead after the third round.
Day, who is ranked 10th in the world, collapsed on the final hole of the second round Friday, and it was unclear if he would be able to play Saturday.
My phone! My heart! My husband! @JDayGolf you. Are. The. Man.
— Ellie Day (@ellielaneday) June 21, 2015
Dustin Johnson: (-4)
DJ had a wild day. The 30-year-old made 5 birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey. Johnson birdied the par-4 12th and was two shots clear of the field, but then double bogeyed the next hole and stayed at 4-under.
A win on Sunday would be the first major championship in Johnson’s career.
“I’ve been in the situation a few times, so I know how to handle myself,” Johnson said. “I know what it takes to get it done. And tomorrow I just need to go out there and focus one shot at a time. And we’ll see what happens.”
Dustin Johnson well aware of today’s driving accuracy: “I hit every fairway today. First time I’ve ever done that, so I’m very excited.”
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) June 21, 2015
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 21, 2015
Branden Grace: (-4)
Perhaps the one guy nobody will give much of a chance to on Sunday is Branden Grace, but the 27-year-old South African has played terrific golf all week, with rounds of 69-67-70. A clutch birdie on 15 gave Grace a share of the lead.
“I’m stoked. I can’t wait. Tomorrow is going to be a good one,” Grace said. “This is what we play golf for. It’s a dream to lead a tournament like this, or tying the lead.”
Jordan Spieth: (-4)
Spieth didn’t play great on Saturday. Entering the day at 5-under and as the co-leader, Spieth shot a disappointing (+1) 71, but again that was on a day that only six players shot under par. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Spieth won the Masters this year, and a win Sunday at the U.S. Open would give the Texan the first two majors of the year, and halfway to the Grand Slam.
“I didn’t have my best stuff today but still tied for the lead, and I’ve had my best stuff at times this week, and I’m pretty sure I know where it is and how to get it tomorrow and get ready to go,” Spieth said.
The stage is set and we want to hear what you think. Who is your pick to win the 115th U.S. Open? Is it one of these four, or do you like someone from further back in the field, like a Louis Oosthuizen or J.B. Holmes? Leave us a comment below!
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