Round 3: Notable and Quotable
By Ron Driscoll, USGA
- Louis Oosthuizen’s 132 total (66-66) for the second and third rounds is the lowest score for the middle 36 holes in U.S. Open history. The previous mark of 133 was shared by Loren Roberts (1994) and Jim Furyk (2003). Furyk went on to win; Roberts lost in a playoff to Ernie Els.
- Oosthuizen opened with a 7-over-par 77 on Thursday. The last time a player won the U.S. Open shooting a 77 in the opening round was Sam Parks in 1935.
- “Being 9 over through 20 holes, it looked like I would have been back [home] in Florida today. I didn’t give myself much chance, but I never gave up. It just shows you to never give up, especially on a golf course like this. If you play well and you shoot 1 or 2 under, you can really climb the leader board.” – Louis Oosthuizen, who is tied for fifth through three rounds after being tied for 135th after Round 1.
- The four players tied for the lead through 54 holes are the most in the U.S. Open since four players also shared the lead in 1973 at Oakmont (Arnold Palmer, Julius Boros, John Schlee, Jerry Heard).
- No players had bogey-free rounds on Saturday. The only bogey-free round of the championship was in the second round by Kevin Kisner.
- Only four players have posted three rounds of par or better over the first 54 holes: Jason Day, Branden Grace, Cameron Smith and Shane Lowry.
- Quotable: “Our team put an emphasis on major championships this year just to be in this position. And we have succeeded on the first, and we’re going to work as hard as we can as an entire team to be as ready as we can for tomorrow. I don’t think age has anything to do with it.” – Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters in April and would become the youngest player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win two major championships with a victory on Sunday.
- J.B. Holmes, who underwent brain surgery after battling vertigo for several months in 2011, on Jason Day’s performance on Saturday: “I had those types of symptoms. It was very difficult sometimes to even play. You’ve seen a lot of great performances from great athletes that have felt bad or been sick. In one way it kind of makes it easier because you’re trying to get to the next shot and you’re staying very present. Whether he’s feeling good or great, it’s great playing.”
- Quotable: “I said you’ve got the heart of a lion. You’re going to show the world today you’re going to be the greatest you can be. And he just put his head down and kept walking one foot in front of the other. It was pretty impressive.” – Colin Swatton, caddie for Jason Day.
- Branden Grace has led or co-led six times through 54 holes on the PGA European Tour and has won all six times.
- “Like I mentioned yesterday, we all dream of this and we all practice for this, so it’s a matter of fact if you grab it or you don’t.” – Branden Grace, on being tied for the lead and playing in the final grouping in Round 4 of the U.S. Open.
- “I feel like I could have easily walked off the golf course [Friday] night, instead of shooting two 72s, shooting two 68s and being right in there. I’m just in a bad habit of turning good scores into average ones at the minute and that's why I’m in the position I’m in.” – World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is tied for 25th after a third-round 70.
- “You have to hit every shot. Sometimes it’s a bit like you just throw the yardage book out and hit a shot. I like that kind of golf. And I think it's a good challenge.” – Cameron Smith, 21, of Australia, who is tied for fifth place after a third-round 69.
Ron Driscoll is the manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at email@example.com.