Rahm led by one on 18, but ducked into a fairway bunker and couldn’t clear the lip on his next shot. He hit his third into a fried egg lie in a green side bunker and couldn’t get up and down to save 5.
The double bogey gave him a 1 out of 7. He was one of seven players in the rankings to score a double bogey on a tough day at the Country Club.
Collin Morikawa, who shared the lead at the start of the day, shot 77 to fall six shots off the lead.
One shot behind Rahm are Keegan Bradley, Adam Hadwin and Scottie Scheffler, at 2-under 208.
Will Zalatoris swung back and forth from a greenside bunker at No. 18 to save par and complete his third round with the club lead at the US Open on Saturday.
Zalatoris shot 3-under 67 and finished the day at 4-under 206. He was one shot ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler, who were at the back on a cool, windy day at the Country Club.
Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa were two of six players who were another down shot at 2 under.
Zalatoris lost to Justin Thomas in the playoffs last month at the PGA Championship. It was the latest in a streak of five top-10 finishes in major tournaments since the 2020 US Open for the 25-year-old.
Scottie Scheffler, is back to the US Open field after a double bogey on the par-3 11th hole at the Country Club.
Scheffler took the lead with an eagle on the No.8, but three holes later found himself in the thick rough, just above the red-painted line that marks the penalty area. His chip shot didn’t quite reach the green; his next came 25 feet from the hole and he putt twice for a double bogey.
That left the world No. 1 and reigning Masters champion at under 4. He was tied with Will Zalatoris.
World number one Scottie Scheffler took the lead in the third round of the US Open with an eagle on the fifth hole.
The defending Masters champion hit his approach shot from around 100 yards to drop to 6 under for the tournament. He briefly held a two-stroke lead before 36-hole co-leader Collin Morikawa birdied No. 5 to make it 5 under.
Patrick Rodgers chipped in from the pass for the eagle on the No. 8 to sit a shot back at 4 under.
Morikawa putt 30 feet to avoid a double bogey on the fourth hole and stay close to the lead.
The leaders are on the course at the US Open – and just in time to avoid some third-round charging contenders at the Country Club.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is up to 4 under, and Aaron Wise also moved a shot behind second-round leader Collin Morikawa. Joel Dahmen started the day as joint leader at 5 under but missed his first hole to fall to second.
Only about half a dozen golfers are below par in the windy, dry conditions outside Boston. Denny McCarthy is in the clubhouse at 2 under for the day, which puts him at plus-1 for the tournament.
Will Zalatoris made the turn at 2 under for the day and 3 under overall.
2011 champion Rory McIlroy started the day with a backstroke but missed two of the first three holes.
Strong winds and dry conditions at the Country Club drive scores up early in the third round of the US Open.
Shortly after 2:00 p.m., the field posted a total of 103 over par, with only three golfers in the red. Co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen won’t leave until 3:45 p.m. They were minus-5 on 36 holes.
Will Zalatoris was one of the few birdies on Saturday morning, hitting a 40-foot putt for a birdie on the second hole and just missing another 30-footer on the No. 3.
He sank a 15-footer for a birdie on No. 4 to move to 2 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament.
Zalatoris is looking for his first major championship. He finished second at the Masters last year and was a runner-up at this year’s PGA Championship.
The US Open co-leaders are still four hours from the start of the third round and no one is making a big move up the standings.
Only two of the 18 players on the Country Club course are under par for the third round.
One is Sam Stevens. He’s 1 under over six holes — 2 over for the championship — and is part of a small group at Brookline that worked the hardest to get here. Stevens and two other players went through 18 local qualifying holes in May and then went through 36 final qualifying holes in June.
The others are Oklahoma star Chris Gotterup and Chris Naegel. None are likely to win. One of the benefits of making the cut is that they can go straight to final qualifying next year.
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth started seven strokes behind and bogeyed his first hole. Patrick Cantlay finished 1 for his round of seven holes and is nine strokes behind.
The US Open is wide open for the weekend at the Country Club, and not just at the top.
Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen are tied at 5 under par and won’t leave until 3:45 p.m. Dahmen has never won on the PGA Tour and jokes that he is used to being home at 5 p.m. for dinner.
The cut was at 3 of 143. That means just eight strokes separate the leaders from last place with 36 holes to play. Such a small margin has only happened once in the past decade at the US Open. It was 2017 in Erin Hills, which wasn’t the severe test that Brookline was.
Erin Hills, Wis., is where a record seven players have finished the US Open at under 10 or better. The Country Club is expected to be firm and fast, and big numbers are easy to come by.
Among the players who made the cut on the number is Patrick Cantlay, the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. Jordan Spieth was a better. He starts seven strokes behind.
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