U.S. Open update: Rahm trails Zara Torres, Fitzpatrick by 1

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BROOKLYN, MA — U.S. Open updates (all times local):

Zara Torres and Matt Fitzpatrick will be tied for the lead heading into the final day of the U.S. Open after defending champion Jon Rahm made a double-bogey on the 18th hole Saturday, one shot behind.

Zara Torres and Fitzpatrick shot 3-under 206 and will enter the final pairing on Sunday.

Rahm had a one-shot lead into the 18th hole, but tee-off into a fairway bunker and couldn’t clear his lip on his next shot. He hit his third ball into an omelette in a greenside bunker and couldn’t move up and down to save a 5.

Double bogeys put him at 1 over 7. On a tough day at country club, he was one of seven players on the leaderboard to make double bogeys.

Colin Morikawa led the day with a 77, six behind.

One shot behind Rahm was Keegan Bradley, Adam Hadwin and Scotty Scheffler, who shot 2-under 208.

At the U.S. Open on Saturday, Zara Torres rose from a greenside bunker to save par on the 18th hole and finished his third round with a clubhouse lead.

Zara Torres shot a 3-under 67 to finish the day at 4-under 206. He was one shot ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler, who was on the back nine on a cool, windy day at the country club.

Rory McIlroy and Colin Morikawa were two of the six players who were 2 under again.

Zara Torres lost to Justin Thomas in the PGA Championship playoffs last month. It’s the latest of the 25-year-old’s five consecutive top-10 finishes in majors since the 2020 U.S. Open.

Scottie Scheffler will return to the U.S. Open after a double bogey on the par-3 11th at the country club.

Scheffler eagled the lead on No. 8, but three holes later he finished in thick rough just over the red paint line marking the penalty area. His chip didn’t make it all the way to the green. His next ball went 25 feet over the hole and he two-putted for double bogey.

That puts the world No. 1 and defending Masters champion at 4 under. He is tied with Will Zalatoris.

World No. 1 Scottie Schaeffler eagled the fifth hole in the third round of the US Open to take the lead.

The reigning Masters champion holed his approach from about 100 yards to raise the game to 6 under. He briefly held a two-shot lead to cut to minus-5 before co-leader Collin Morikawa birdied No. 5 on 36 holes.

Patrick Rodgers eagled from the collar on the 8th hole, one shot behind at minus-4.

Morikawa made a 30-foot putt to avoid a double bogey on the fourth hole and maintain the lead.

The leader is on the course at the U.S. Open — just in time for some contenders charging in the third round at the country club.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler was 4 under, while Aaron Wise also moved a shot behind second-round leader Collin Morikawa. Joel Dahmen started the day at minus-5 but dropped to second with a bogey on the first hole.

Only about half a dozen golfers were under par in windy and dry conditions outside Boston. Danny McCarthy shot 2 under at the clubhouse that day, giving him one point in the tournament.

Will Zalatoris turned minus-2 on the day for a 3-under overall.

2011 champion Rory McIlroy started the first day with a one shot back but made two bogeys on the first three holes.

High winds and dry weather at the country club sent scores early in the third round of the U.S. Open soaring.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the course was over-par 103 — with only three golfers in the red. Co-leaders Colin Morikawa and Joel Daman didn’t tee off until 3:45 p.m., and they were minus-5 through 36 holes.

Will Zalatoris was one of the few to birdie Saturday morning, making a 40-footer on the second hole and missing another 30-footer on the third. rod.

He made a 15-foot birdie on No. 4 to improve to 2 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament.

Zara Torres is looking for his first Grand Slam title. He finished second at the Masters last year and runner-up at this year’s PGA Championship.

The U.S. Open’s combined leaders are four hours away from the start of the third round, and no one has made a big splash on the leaderboard.

Of the 18 players on the country club course, only two were under par in the third round.

One is Sam Stevens. He was 1 under on six holes — 2 over overall — and was part of the small group of Brookline who worked their hardest to get here. Stevens and two other players competed in an 18-hole local qualifying round in May and then made it through a 36-hole final qualifying round in June.

The others are Oklahoma State stars Chris Gotrup and Chris Nagel. No one can possibly win. One advantage of qualifying is that they can go straight to next year’s final qualifying round.

Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, opened seven shots behind and made a bogey. Patrick Cantlay was nine shots behind with one shot through seven holes.

The U.S. Open will be open into the weekend at country clubs, not just at the top.

Colin Morikawa and Joel Daman were at 5 under and didn’t tee off until 3:45 pm. Daman, who has never won on the PGA Tour, jokes that he’s used to coming home at 5 p.m. for dinner.

The cut was 143, three over. That means there are only 8 shots to separate the leader from last, and 36 holes left. In the U.S. Open over the past decade, such a small gap has only happened once. That was at Erin Hills in 2017, and it’s hardly the ordeal that Brookline has been through.

Erin Hills, Wisconsin is where a record seven players finished the U.S. Open at 10 under or better. Country clubs are expected to be firm and fast, and it’s easy to find big numbers.

Among those who made the cut was Patrick Cantlay, the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Jordan Spieth is better. He started seven shots behind.

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