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Branden Grace: The South African holed out from a bunker on the 18th hole for a birdie and the day’s best score, a 64. Grace was tied for the lead with three holes to play in the U.S. Open when he hit a tee shot out of bounds at Chambers Bay. “It’s another chance,” said Grace, who trails Jason Day by three strokes.
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David Lingmerth: On a day made for scoring, the Swede fell out of contention with a 3-over 75 in the third round. He had the best score (7 under) of those who completed their second round on Friday.
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Phil Mickelson: Lefty’s second shot on No. 18 fell short of the green and landed on a steep, grassy incline. But Mickelson’s next shot was near-perfect, chipping to within 3 feet of the hole to set up a putt to save par. He finished the day at 6 under and moved to 5 under for the tournament.
Tony Finau, all 6-4 and 200 pounds of him, was determined to play golf. So if nothing else, his play this week — three subpar rounds — has been was further validation of a story that began with his learning to play the game by banging balls against a mattress in a garage. Tony Finau, 25, was born in Salt Lake City but is of Tongan and American Samoan decent.
• Boo Weekley has cut five strokes off his score each round — from 75 to 70 to 65.
• Matt Jones was the leader after second-round play was completed Saturday morning. After a 7-under 65, his 36-hole score was 11 under.
• Tiger Woods has missed the cut in three straight majors, and four of his last five. He has failed to break par in his last seven rounds at the majors, the longest such streak of his career. His scoring average in the majors this year was 73.8.
• Other big names to miss the cut: Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker.
Par-3, 223-yard No. 17: Jordan Spieth hit 4-iron to 12 feet for birdie just before Jason Day made his double bogey on the 15th hole. With a one-shot lead, Day hit 4-iron to 25 feet and made it for birdie to give him a two-shot cushion. Matt Jones, near the lead most of the day, made double bogey to fall five shots behind.
Quote of the day
“It’s unfortunate his mother never got to see this, but green was her favorite color and he’ll be wearing it tomorrow.”
— Tony Finau’s father, Kelepi
Tweet of the day
“Very few people following around the Kaymer-Grace group. ‘Is that right?’ a spectator said after seeing their scores for the day.”
— Luke Kerr-Dineen (@LukeKerrDineen) of USA Today (Martin Kaymer and Branden Grace combined to go 15 under: 15 birdies, 21 pars, no bogeys)
Who will raise the Wanamaker Trophy? Watch on TNT from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Ch. 4 from 1 to the conclusion.