Three rounds are in the books in the war of attrition that is the 2013 U.S. Open.
Because of Thursday's weather delays, there were roughly 70 golfers who needed to finish up their second rounds on Saturday. That pushed the start of the third round back to the afternoon, per the U.S. Open's Twitter account:
Luckily, Mother Nature continued to be cooperative as the golfers had all afternoon and evening to get their rounds in.
Phil Mickelson came in as one of the best stories of the tournament. The announcers had often talked about how he attended his daughter's eighth-grade graduation and had such a quick turnaround in order to get ready for the U.S. Open. It's a great story, even if it's getting a bit overplayed.
Saturday wasn't a bad day for Lefty. He avoided any major mistakes and did a great job of recovering when he had a tough shot to make.
Give him massive credit because he's the only guy who isn't over par.
Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel spent most of the day leading the pack, but both faded late. They each bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at one-under for the day and even par for the tournament.
Two of the more interesting golfers to watch on Saturday were Michael Kim and Cheng-Tsung Pan. Both are top amateurs and positioned themselves well after two days. Kim continued to hang in there, while Pan fell by the wayside.
Pan, a sophomore at Washington, still had to finish his second round on Saturday. Before being halted by darkness, Pan had built himself some nice momentum. It was nowhere to be found as he got on the back nine early Saturday morning. He finished with two bogeys and a double-bogey, which pretty much eliminated him from contention.
Kim, a junior at California, fared much better. He avoided any big mistakes and played some very good golf. It was on the back nine of his third round that Kim caught fire. He started by birdieing three of his first four holes. The Cinderella story was not to be, though, as Kim picked up two bogeys and a double-bogey on his final three holes.
One golfer who failed to cover himself in glory was Sergio Garcia. Shooting six under after two rounds ensured Garcia wouldn't be able to sniff the lead this weekend. As if things weren't bad enough, they hit a nadir on the 15th hole, per SportsCenter:
Garcia finished up five over for the day.
Woods finished six under for the day, running his total for the tournament to nine-under. He birdied No. 1, and it was all downhill from there. Putting continued to be a problem as he finished with seven bogeys. Woods' performance in the third round was the worst of his career, per ESPN Stats and Info:
McIlroy only managed to finish a stroke better, at five-under. A five-hole stretch on the front nine doomed him as he picked up four bogeys. McIlroy is sitting at eight-under going into the final round.
Here's a look at the leaderboard after three days:
Complete Scorecards for Leaders After Round 3
*Under-par scores are bolded and italicized. Bogeys are bolded. Scores worse than bogey are bolded and underlined.
1. Phil Mickelson (-1)
|Score||4 ||5 ||5 ||5 ||5 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||38|
|Score||3 ||3 ||4 ||3 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||2 ||5 ||32 ||70|
T2. Charl Schwartzel (E)
|Score||4 ||6||2 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||4 ||3 ||34|
|Score||3 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||5 ||35 ||69|
T2. Hunter Mahan (E)
|Score||4 ||5||3 ||5 ||5 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||37|
|Score||3 ||4 ||3 ||2 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||4 ||5 ||32 ||69|
T2. Steve Stricker (E)
|Score||4 ||5 ||3 ||5 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||5 ||37|
|Score||3 ||3 ||3 ||3 ||4 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||4 ||33 ||70|