Day 3 at Erin Hills
Keep that card
Brian Harman: He leads the U.S. Open at 12 under par after shooting a third-round 67 that would have been the talk of the tournament if not for Justin Thomas’ 63. He has never finished higher than 26th in a major.
Toss that card
Jordan Spieth: The fifth-ranked player in the world had five missed birdie putts of 12 feet or less and two missed par putts from inside of 6 feet. He shot a 76.
On the course with …
Stewart Cink: Third-round disappointment aside — his first four holes went double bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey — the 2009 British Open winner is still looking forward to playing on Sunday. It also happens to be his 24th wedding anniversary. Cink has gradually improved his game since missing several weeks last year to help care for his wife, Lisa, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Her health these days is good.
U.S. Open moment
Home-state favorite Steve Stricker nearly gave fans a final few holes to remember. Stricker, 50, birdied three of four holes going into the par-5 18th. But his 9-foot putt to save par edged just short of the hole, and he had to tap in for bogey. Stricker shot a 69.
• Only six players had ever reached 10 under par or lower in the previous 116 U.S. Opens. There are five in double digits at Erin Hills.
• Thirty-three players broke par Saturday, a record for the third round of an Open.
Par-5, 667-yard No. 18: Justin Thomas eagled the hole for a 63; Tommy Fleetwood, in position for a birdie and the lead, went over the green and made bogey.
Quote of the day
“Probably when my father dropped me off for football practice and told me not to be disappointed if I didn’t play much. I played. A lot. Middle linebacker.’’
— Brian Harman (5-7, 155 pounds) on when he began competing with a “chip’’ on his shoulder.
Tweet of the day
“Good to see they finally made the Greater Milwaukee Open a major.”
— Mark Craig, Star Tribune (@markcraignfl)
With as tight as the leaderboard is, an 18-hole playoff on Monday isn’t out of the question. Ch. 9 picks up coverage at 10 a.m.
Staff and wire reports