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Dustin Johnson shares US Open lead after poor third round

2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills
Cassandra Castillo | 18 June, 2018, 01:01

Playing in the last group, Johnson shot 77, with a bogey on the last hole that cost him sole possession of the lead. Some greens were extremely fast, and some I felt like were slow.

Tommy Fleetwood produced a sensational final-round charge at Shinnecock Hills as he equalled the lowest round in US Open history.

"It was a tale of two golf courses, and no doubt, we would admit, well-executed shots were not only not regarded, but were punished, " said Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director and the man in charge of course setup.

Stenson responded: "I think we'll just see what they do tomorrow".

Reed drilled home three birdie putts from seven, nine and four feet, respectively, on the first three holes. I had six or seven putts that I could have easily putted right off the green. "Seven-over usually is a bad score, but with the greens the way they got this afternoon - they were very, very hard".

Henrik Stenson is two shots back.

Fowler said that he didn't know "if I would have had the wits like Phil to run after it" on 13, but added that it never should have come to that in the first place.

"I'm trying to choose my words because they play a fine line between guys teeing off in the morning being able to be really aggressive - a couple of 66s - and then making the course hard but just about on the edge (for the later starters)", said the Woburn attached golfer.

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Dustin Johnson staggered around Shinnecock Hills like a punch-drunk boxer, reeling from one troubled shot to the next to the next. His approach from the fairway bounced near the pin and rolled 17 feet past. The Masters champion birdied his first three holes.

In 2016 the USGA returned to a traditional course and set up at Oakmont Country Club, but disgraced itself by mismanaging a ruling during Johnson's final round.

"I hope these greens are good enough to play tomorrow", said Koepka, who lifted the trophy at Erin Hills past year with a record-equalling 16-under par total. Tony Finau and Daniel Berger. The day's only other sub-par round was Kiradech Aphibarnrat's 68, which put the Thai into a tie for seventh on six-over.

The three-time US PGA Tour victor admitted it was the hardest round of golf he has played in his career. It's amusing though, when you finish, you always feel like you're going to be just short [of winning].

The difficulty of Shinnecock Hills on Saturday afternoon when the wind picked up and the exposed greens turned quick and crusty turned this U.S. Open into a grinding struggle for survival on the scoreboard.

Playing alongside Andrew "Beef" Johnston Saturday, Mickelson and his playing partner chuckled about the incident walking to the 14 tee.

Mickelson downplayed the controversy and offered a limp apology to reporters."If someone is offended I apologise, but toughen up, " he said.

"I don't mean disrespect by anybody", Mickelson said at the clubhouse, "I know it's a two-shot penalty and at that time I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. You take the two shots and you move on".

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