After one of the most challenging scoring days of the season, Americans Ricky Fowler and Wyndham Clark sit atop the leaderboard heading into this year’s final round at the US Open. Their lead is slim with world number three Rory McIlroy a stroke behind and world number one Scottie Scheffler starting the day just three off the lead. Here you can check the US Open Round 3 Highlights
After two days of record-breaking scoring, the USGA ensured that yesterday’s scoring conditions were as difficult as they could be and for the leaders, this meant a day of protecting their positions rather than chasing a big score.
Starting the day with a one-stroke lead, Rickie Fowler finished his third round as he started after a level par round of 70.
Generally keeping his ball out of trouble, Fowler headed up the 18th with a one-stroke lead but a bogey on the final hole will see him start today tied with Wyndham Clark.
A solid start with two birdies in his first three holes ensured that Clark would join Fowler at the top of proceedings, however, three bogeys on his back nine would soon check his momentum. However, Clark would show exactly why he won the Wells Fargo Championship just a few months ago with crucial birdies on the 13th and 18th to head into today tied at the top.
Only on three occasions has Rory McIlroy scored in the 60s in each of the first three rounds of a major, and on each occasion the Northern Irishman has gone on to lift the title.
Looking to keep that run going, McIlroy kept his hopes of winning a fifth major alive thanks to a battling 69 which included three birdies and two bogeys. Previously admitting to struggling off the tee, McIlroy seems to have now put his driving woes behind him and if he can keep his ball on the fairways, he will have a great chance of victory today.
The world number one, Scottie Scheffler made one of the biggest moves yesterday. Third rounds have been somewhat of a nemesis for the Texan in recent weeks, but he showed he was dialed in yesterday with a second successive round of 68. His highlight of the day was holing out from almost 200 yards on the 4th hole to net an eagle and launch himself right back into contention.
With just eighteen holes of this year’s US Open to play, there are several players who will believe that this will be their year.
Favorite for the title is Rickie Fowler. Fowler has earned a reputation for being golf’s nearly man after finishing as a runner in both the Open and Masters. After several years out in the golfing wilderness, Fowler has enjoyed a steady upturn in form this season and will hope to finally land his first major title today. He has been able to keep cool and composed throughout his first three rounds and will need to adopt a similar mindset today.
Second, in the betting is Rory McIlroy. Heading into a round you never know what McIlroy is going to show up, with the Northern Irishman producing some wildly inconsistent form of late. However, through the first three rounds of this year’s US Open, McIlroy has played some of his best golf of the season and looks ready to contend for his fifth major. Starting today just one stroke off the lead he will be hoping to apply some early pressure on the leaders.
Wyndham Clark rounds out the top three in the betting and despite not having the star power of those around him, has shown numerous times this season that he has the game and temperament to challenge and beat the very best players in the world. He can’t be ruled out.
Scottie Scheffler can be imperious when at his best and the Texan will be hoping to get on a roll early today. With three shots to make up it’s imperative the world number one gets his round off to a hot start but if he can, his current odds of +400 could be the steal of the day.
|GOLFER||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+265|
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