Golf-US Open leaders greeted by tough scoring conditions

US Open co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen started their third round on Saturday at the Country Club outside Boston, where high winds have so far created difficult scoring conditions. With the top three players in the world rankings – Scottie Scheffler, defending champion Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy – all within two shots of the lead after the second round, a day of excitement appears in store at the third major of the year.

By the time the co-leaders embarked on the final pairing on the first par four hole, only nine of the 46 golfers on the course were under par that day as the course played the toughest all week. Morikawa tied the lowest round of the week on Friday with a four-under 66 and is now trying to put himself in position to win a major in three consecutive years after triumphs at the British Open (2021) and the PGA Championship ( 2020).

Dahmen, a 34-year-old qualifier playing in his third US Open and ninth career major, is one of three players on the court to have multiple scores of 68 or higher on the par-70 course at Brookline. Among the five golfers who started the day with a shot in the lead were Spaniard Rahm and four-time major winner McIlroy, who arrived at Brookline as a tournament favorite and is coming off a successful title defense in Canada. .

Rahm started in the penultimate group alongside Hayden Buckley and plays behind the pair of Northern Irishman McIlroy, who bogeyed the second by three, and Aaron Wise. Masters champion Scheffler, seeking to become the first player to win multiple majors in a year since Brooks Koepka did so in 2018, started the day two shots off the lead and cut it in half with a start birdie-bogey-birdie.

Will Zalatoris, who finished second in the PGA Championship last month, covered the top nine under 33 and was two strokes behind the co-leaders.

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