US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Third round scores and updates as Matt Fitzpatrick shares lead

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US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Third round scores and updates as Matt Fitzpatrick shares lead
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Matt Fitzpatrick will take a share of the lead into the final round of the US Open as he seeks a first major title and historic Brookline double.

Defending champion Jon Rahm looked set to finish an eventful Saturday on top of the leaderboard when he birdied the 14th, 15th and 17th to take the outright lead, only to run up a double bogey on the 18th. Rahm was unlucky to catch a fairway bunker with a well-struck drive, but then drilled his second shot into the face of the hazard and found more sand in front of the green with his third.

The resulting six dropped the Ryder Cup star back to three under par, a shot behind Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris on four-under, who had overcome the blustery conditions to shoot 68 and 67 respectively.

Rory McIlroy’s chances looked to be fading fast when he covered his opening seven holes in three over par to slip five behind world number one Scottie Scheffler, who had holed from 102 yards for an eagle on the eighth to reach six under.

However, Scheffler ran up a double bogey on the short 11th and dropped further shots on the next three holes, while McIlroy birdied the 11th and relied on a brilliant display of putting to keep the leaders in his sights on one under, despite a disappointing 73.

Home favourite Keegan Bradley is a two-under, alongside Scheffler and Canada’s Adam Hadwin, while the group at one-under includes Sam Burns and Joel Dahmen in addition to McIlroy.

Follow all the action from the fourth and final round of the US Open below:

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:52 , Tom Kershaw

Not a great start for Jordan Spieth, who pulled a 10ft birdie putt at the first and then bogeys the second after missing the green short and right at the long par 3.

Thomas couldn’t hole that short one for par at the first either and has slipped back to +4. He will have the chance to make amends at the third, though, after a great blind approach that runs up to the green and settles about 15ft from the flag.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:41 , Tom Kershaw

Mackenzie Hughes and Patrick Cantlay are both off to bright starts in their final rounds and are now at +2, six shots back of the lead.

England’s Callum Tarren endured a torrid third round after leading by two shots at one stage on Friday. He’s recovering well today though and is one under through 13 and in a tie for 45th at +6.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:30 , Tom Kershaw

Justin Thomas hasn’t had the week he’s wanted, having come into the tournament in such a great run of form.

The PGA champion has just got his final round underway but pulls his approach at the first left and is forced to hit a wonderful flop shot over the greenside bunker. There’s still a bit of work left to save par though. He’s currently +3.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:21 , Tom Kershaw

To say Grayson Murray is not a happy bunny out there would be somewhat of an understatement. The American, who is nine over for his round through 12 holes, has laid waste to his wedge.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:18 , Tom Kershaw

Despite most of the players out on the course currently struggling, there are still certainly opportunities to go low.

One person proving that is Guido Migliozzi. After birdieing three of his opening five holes, the young Italian has just eagled the par-5 8th with a fine putt from 11ft. He’s now +2 for the tournament which is a very respectable tied-17th.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:06 , Tom Kershaw

It’s been a tough afternoon for Koepka’s arch-rival Bryson DeChambeau too. The American is three over for his round. His next outing will, of course, be at the controversial LIV Golf event in Portland in a fortnight’s time.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

17:00 , Tom Kershaw

Brooks Koepka might have won this tournament twice, but he is enduring something close to a nightmare at the start of his final round.

After a double-bogey at the third, where his tee shot was pulled way left and found the cart path, he is in dire trouble again at the short par-4 5th. His drive found the deep rough short of the green, his pitch then sailed over the back and a three-putt seals another miserable double. He’s at +9 now.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

16:48 , Jack Rathborn

Grayson Murray is not in a good way, he’s thrown his putter into the rough following a triple bogey.

A nightmare finish at Brookline and a painful final few holes with his bag a little lighter.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

16:43 , Jack Rathborn

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

16:35 , Jack Rathborn

There’s more misery for another LIV Golf player, after DeChambeau’s painful start.

Patrick Reed all but walking this one in from 15 feet on four, but it burns the edge. He can’t believe it.

He’ll stick at +8 for the tournament, way back in 51st.

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US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

16:30 , Jack Rathborn

It’s a move in the wrong direction for Justin Rose, who couldn’t miss a week ago when he shot a final round of 60 at the Canadian Open.

Rose’s putt moves from left-to-right and is short, so he’ll take a bogey. He’s back to +6.

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US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

16:10 , Jack Rathborn

There's a big more red on the leaderboard now, encouragement for later? Three players are -1 through six, including Daffue, who once led of course, Max Homa and Callum Tarren. They are all +6 overall and in a tie for 45th.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

15:55 , Jack Rathborn

Here’s the standard anybody yet to tee off will gladly take on two, as Chris Gotterup takes a rare birdie.

He’s the only player under par on the course.

-1 through three and +6 overall to be in a tie for 47th, it’s a first major for the recently-turned professional, following bright seasons with Oklahoma and Rutgers.

He’s one to watch as he picked up the Haskins Award, awarded annually to the top college golfer in the country.

Former winners include Matthew Wolff, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

15:34 , Jack Rathborn

Bryson DeChambeau, soon to be a LIV Golf player, is having a tough time, again. The former US Open champion is +3 through four holes today.

He's +11 overall and way back in a tie for 60th - the good news is he literally can't finish that low in the new Saudi-backed tour as there aren't that many players in it.

Tyrrell Hatton is also in a tie for 60th, just +2 today and +11 overall.

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US Open 2022: Latest final round scores

15:24 , Jack Rathborn

So the early scores are in, Austin Greaser, the amateur from UNC, is having a troubling start, he's +6 through four and +14 for the tournament alongside Harris English (+4 today), with fellow amateur Stewart Hagestad one better on +13 with a gentle start today, +1 through six.

Elsewhere, perhaps the best starts have been by two Europeans: Sebastian Soderberg of Sweden (+8) and Wil Besseling of the Netherlands (+9) are both level par through six and five holes respectively.

Of the 15 players out on the course, nobody is under par yet for today.

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Rory McIlroy: US Open 2022 third round one of my toughest days in a long time

15:18 , Jack Rathborn

“It was one of the toughest days on a golf course I’ve had in a long time,” McIlroy said after carding at three-over round of 73. “I just needed to grind it out, and I did on the back nine.

“To play that back nine at even par today was a really good effort, I thought - kept myself in the tournament.

“I’m sort of going home thinking that I held this round together when it could have got away from me quickly.”

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Will Zalatoris on US Open challenge today

14:58 , Jack Rathborn

Will Zalatoris on the task at hand today, with a share of the lead alongside Matt Fitzpatrick:

The former Wake Forest star said: “Obviously this golf course is an absolute beast. And you look at the major champions on that leaderboard, it's going to be no small test tomorrow.”

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US Open 2022: Is it Will Zalatoris’ time?

14:35 , Jack Rathborn

Will Zalatoris, 25, continues to relish the major championships, leading the US Open as we begin the final round.

The San Francisco native has played in just eight majors before this week, with five top-10 finishes. It’s a streak matched last by Ernie Els, a two-time U.S. Open winner no less.

He’s Masters runner-up, on debut in 2021, and was beaten in a play-off by Justin Thomas in last month’s PGA Championship, it doesn’t get much closer. So to have no PGA Tour wins, let a lone a major is surprising, is it now his time?

“I think especially coming off the PGA, it gave me a lot of belief and confidence that I belong in this situation,” he said. “I’ve put myself in this situation a few times in my career, and obviously have to go out and get it tomorrow.”

Will Zalatoris reacts after making a birdie on the fourth hole during the third round (AP)
Will Zalatoris reacts after making a birdie on the fourth hole during the third round (AP)

Keegan Bradley emotional after surging into Brookline contention at U.S. Open

14:27 , Jack Rathborn

“Honestly, it was one of the most amazing moments of my entire life,’’ said an emotional Bradley after finishing up on Saturday.

“I got to feel what it feels like to play in Fenway, to play in the Garden, to play in Gillette Stadium. I felt like a Boston player there.

“That was a moment I’ll never forget the rest of my life, and I appreciate the fans giving me that, and I hope to have them cheer again [Sunday].’’

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US Open 2022: Play-off rules and history at Brookline

14:19 , Jack Rathborn

If it can’t be settled in 72 holes, the US Open will go to a play-off, with history hinting at overtime at the Country Club, having gone there on the three previous occasions it has hosted this tournament.

Amateur Francis Ouimet firstly stunned British duo of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913.

Then, 50 years later, it was the legendary Arnold Palmer who lost an 18-hole playoff for the second year in a row, with Julius Boros prevailing.

And last time out it was Curtis Strange who edged out Nick Faldo in 1988 to land the major.

With 16 players separated by just five shots, we could be in for a late one, but it won’t be that late, with 18-hole play-offs before.

Now it will be a two-hole aggregate playoff if any players are tied up after 72. If they’re still tied up after two extra holes, we go to sudden death.

US Open final round hole locations

14:11 , Jack Rathborn

Here we go then, let’s hope for a good one!

The hole locations are available to look at below.

Will we see some complaints or do the USGA fancy a tear up on the back nine unlike traditional US Open set-ups.

US Open 2022: Final round underway

14:04 , Jack Rathborn

The first group in the final round are underway, Harris English (+10) and amateur Stewart Hagestad (+12) will hope to enjoy the next four to five hours before putting their feet up and watching the conclusion of the US Open.

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Matt Fitzpatrick revels in new-found status as one of golf’s big hitters

13:55 , Jack Rathborn

Matt Fitzpatrick revelled in his new-found status as one of golf’s big hitters as he played his way into contention for the second major in succession.

A month after finishing fifth in the US PGA Championship, Fitzpatrick is poised to challenge on the back nine on a Sunday at the US Open at Brookline, the scene of his US Amateur triumph in 2013.

And it was achieved partly in thanks to his increased length off the tee, the 27-year-old from Sheffield averaging 317.7 yards in driving distance, two yards ahead of playing partner and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson.

“It was a little bit weird,” Fitzpatrick admitted. “I’ll be honest, when I saw I was playing with DJ, part of me was thinking, ‘Don’t try and go after it when DJ hits’. Like, don’t try and keep up, because I know I’ve got some extra length.

“Hitting the drives I hit this week so far and seeing where he’s hit his has been quite eye-opening for me. It’s great for me to give me more confidence going into the rest of the year, the next five years.

“I’ve just got to try and hopefully just take advantage more of it. If now on paper I’m hitting it past DJ, you look at the success he’s had, if I can emulate that, then I’ll be a very happy man.”

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Seamus Power reacts to round of 70 to sit +1 at US Open

13:48 , Jack Rathborn

“That got me going on the right path heading into the back nine,” Power said. “I need more of the same on Sunday and hopefully I can finish a little stronger.

“I am going to have to play a little bit better and hopefully if a couple of putts drop you never know.”

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13:41 , Jack Rathborn

US PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas was accidentally introduced as Justin Thompson on the first tee and was then overheard expressing his frustration after being denied a drop from near a drain in the fourth fairway.

“That’s what pisses me off, because so many other people would lie about being able to hit that, but it’s just like, I’m not going to hit it (the drain),” Thomas complained. “That’s bull****, man.”

Speaking after a round of 72 left him three over par, Thomas said: “I called an official to get a ruling on it, and in the spirit of the game I wasn’t going to hit the drain.

“I felt like I very easily could have told her (the rules official) that I was going to and gotten a free drop, but I wasn’t.”

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Will Zalatoris reacts to lead heading into final round of US Open

13:35 , Jack Rathborn

“After the US PGA that was a bitter pill to swallow, but I feel good about my game,” Zalatoris said.

“Tomorrow is going to be no simple test, you look at the major champions on the leaderboard and this course is a beast. The job is not even close to being done.”

Will Zalatoris sets testing clubhouse target as winds play havoc at US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick hoping Brookline ‘edge’ can secure US Open title

13:28 , Jack Rathborn

Matt Fitzpatrick believes his previous success at Brookline gives him the edge over his rivals heading into the final round of the 122nd US Open.

Nine years after winning the US Amateur title at the same Massachusetts venue, Fitzpatrick shares the 54-hole lead with American Will Zalatoris, a shot ahead of defending champion Jon Rahm.

World number one Scottie Scheffler, Keegan Bradley and Adam Hadwin are two shots off the pace, with Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns and Joel Dahmen another stroke back and the last of just nine players in red figures.

Matt Fitzpatrick hoping Brookline ‘edge’ can secure first major title

Matt Fitzpatrick takes share of lead into final round of US Open

11:27 , Jack Rathborn

Matt Fitzpatrick will take a share of the lead into the final round of the US Open as he seeks a first major title and historic Brookline double.

Defending champion Jon Rahm looked set to finish an eventful day on top of the leaderboard when he birdied the 14th, 15th and 17th to take the outright lead, only to run up a double bogey on the 18th.

Rahm was unlucky to catch a fairway bunker with a well-struck drive, but then drilled his second shot into the face of the hazard and found more sand in front of the green with his third.

The resulting six dropped the Ryder Cup star back to three under par, a shot behind Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris, who had overcome the blustery conditions to shoot 68 and 67 respectively.

For the second major in succession, England’s Fitzpatrick will contest the closing round from the final group, having partnered Mito Pereira in the US PGA at Southern Hills last month.

Matt Fitzpatrick takes share of lead into final round of US Open

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