USGA apologizes for unfair course in 3rd round of U.S. Open

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Johnson moved four shots clear after Poulter fell away with a terrible finish to his round. Well, you might not dismiss it out of hand.

Johnson's front nine was a disaster as he made four bogies and a double bogey and dropped to one over par and out of the lead.

Some more so than others. Piercy's day was not without regrets, especially when he three-putted from four feet for bogey on the par-5 16th.

Dustin Johnson is down to a one-stroke lead at the U.S. Open. "It looked good the whole way".

"Absolutely", Woods said. "Have you seen the way I've been swinging?"

"There was a couple of holes yesterday and a couple today that I wish I could get back but that's the way it is".

Davis promised to slow down the course for Sunday's final round. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook. "Whether I do or not at the end of today, I'm really happy with where I'm at".

In all of his starts since, he's never really embraced the grinding nature of a championship which the US Golf Association likes to call the "ultimate test".

Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were a combined 25-over-par in their group and we know they're capable of much better than that, but I did feel that McIlroy showed a little bit of inexperience during the opening round.

England's Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and defending champion Brooks Koepka are tied for fourth at 1 over. McIlroy has now missed the cut at the US Open for the third consecutive year.

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Unusual was impressed with the way Woods steadied himself for a time, until a four-putt at the 13th hole undid all the hard work he had done to steady the ship.

The two-time major victor said after his round that "they've lost the course".

Woods, now 42 years old, has not captured a major since the 2008 U.S. Open when he was 32, though he continued to win regular tournaments until 2013, when a chronic back problem reared its painful head.

"I feel like my game is built for championship golf just because I make a lot of birdies and I hit it with length and the putter can get hot", Finau said after his round. Only four players finished the day under par and it could've been worse if we hadn't had the rain on Wednesday to soften it up.

"I can have someone tell me to do stuff all the time every day and if I don't want to do it, I ain't gonna do it", Johnson told CNN.

The top 60 players and those tied will play the weekend.

Johnson three-putted the final green to lose his outright advantage, while Rose also finished with a bogey-five to close a three-over 73.

Dustin Johnson is coming back to the pack at the U.S. Open.

Watch the US Open throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. Mickelson's bogey putt from above the hole ran by the cup and was headed down a slope when he ran over and swatted it back toward the hole as the ball was still moving. His best move of the week might have been on Thursday, when his ball finally was found in deep rough at No. 6 and he considered going for the green, decided not to take on Shinnecock's lone water hazard and eventually made bogey.

For sure, if nothing else, Tiger has every right to feel encouraged about how his back has responded to those four serious operations he underwent in recent years, enabling him to drive the ball successfully off the tee again, even comparing favorably distance-wise on a few occasions with the monster long balls consistently clubbed by Johnson.

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