The Latest: Noren shoots 67 early in 3rd round at US Open
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest from the third round of the U.S. Open, golf’s second major of the year (all times local):
Alex Noren showed the leaders that low scores can be had at Winged Foot in the third round of the U.S. Open.
Teeing off early, the Swedish golfer shot a 3-under 67 to reach 3 over for the tournament.
Noren nearly drove the green at the 332-yard sixth hole for a birdie and had three more birdies to offset a bogey on No. 8. He shot 72-74 the first two rounds and is seven shots behind leader Patrick Reed.
The leaders at the U.S. Open are still two hours away from teeing off and already have a pretty good idea of what to expect at Winged Foot if they’re watching on TV.
Alex Noren is the only player through nine holes who is under par. Temperatures were in the upper 40s when the third round began and are only expected to nudge past 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Celsius). The wind isn’t strong, but it’s enough. The scores? Typical for a U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Troy Merritt was wrapping up his third round with one birdie on his card and plenty of bogeys or worse.
Patrick Cantlay isn’t faring much better. And if a tough course wasn’t enough, he might have received the worst break of the week. Cantlay was playing a lofted pitch to the 15th when it struck the pin, rolled down the slope and kept going. He had to walk backward 20 yards to play his next shot. He did well to make bogey.
Patrick Reed was leading at 4 under by one shot over Bryson DeChambeau. They were among six players still under par. That number was likely to shrink.