Tiger Woods was within striking distance to begin the day, but couldn't find the remedy to poor iron play and obvious discomfort on Merion's putting greens.
The No. 1 ranked player in the world posted a 76 in his third round and is now +9 for the championship. Rory McIlroy was no better, posting a 75 and is now +8 overall.
Never say never at a U.S. Open, but it looks like neither of the two highest ranked players in the field will be in contention Sunday.