US Open: How often does the 3rd round leader win?
There were new leaders at the US Open for the third straight day. Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick hold a share of the lead going into Sunday’s final round.
Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick have matching scores of four under par. Zalatoris posted a three-under 67 at Brookline on Saturday to move to four-under alongside Fitzpatrick. The Englishman shot a 68 on Day 3.
Ranking of the US Open 2022
T1. Matthew Fitzpatrick (-4)
T1. Will Zalatoris (-4)
3. Jon Rahm (-3)
T4. Keegan Bradley (-2)
T4. Adam Hadwin (-2)
T4. Scottie Scheffler (-2)
T7. Sam Burns (-1)
T7. Rory McIlroy (-1)
T7. Joel Dahmen (-1)
Full ranking via PGATour.com
Rahm in contention
Defending champion Jon Rahm is one blow off the pace after a frustrating finish on Saturday. Rahm looked like the leader going into Sunday. He birdied three in four holes from No. 14 to No. 17, dropping his score to five under.
But it turned out badly for Rahm at No. 18. The Spaniard found the bunker and his first shot to get out of the sand didn’t clear the lip. His frustrating end to the day saw him card a double bogey six to drop to third at three under.
We expect an exciting Sunday with even more changes at the top of the expected leaderboard. There hasn’t been a third-round leader or co-leader who has won the US Open since Gary Woodland in 2019.
The pressure of the last day
The US Open is often the toughest major championship of the year in terms of course layout. Pressure is also a huge factor even though the leaders of Day 3 found their rhythm. It’s a hole-by-hole mental battle.
Since Dustin Johnson’s collapse at Pebble Beach in 2010 five third-round leaders have won the US Open trophy.
The final round will begin at 8:49 a.m. ET on Sunday. The final pairing of Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick will begin at 2:45 p.m. ET.