Contention in the 2015 U.S. Open is truly beginning to take shape in Saturday's moving day, as the third round has teed off with golfers vying to climb the ranks and post a low round that puts them into one of Sunday's final pairings.
Strong play in the opening two rounds from a pair of young Americans had set the tone entering Day 3, but there is no shortage of dangerous names within striking distance. You can catch the action all afternoon on Fox from 2-10 p.m. ET or live streaming at USOpen.com, but take a look below for the updated leaderboard:
Just like everything else in this golf year, action at Chambers Bay Golf Course this weekend is revolving around Jordan Spieth.
The 21-year-old, fresh off his historic Masters title earlier this year, is continuing his incredible play through two rounds at Chambers Bay. He followed up a 68 on Thursday with a three-under round of 67 Friday, moving into a tie for the lead with Patrick Reed.
Spieth could become one of just a few to go back-to-back at the two premier American majors, as ESPN's John Buccigross observed:
Unlike at Augusta, when Spieth held a suffocating lead over the field, he's not out in front at all in this one. Not only is Reed neck and neck with him, but Dustin Johnson sits just one stroke back, and a whopping 16 golfers entered Saturday under par and within four strokes.
That hasn't usurped Spieth as the favorite, however. Odds Shark reported pre-Day 3 odds that listed Spieth as an incredible 2-1 favorite, with Johnson and Reed trailing at 4-1 and 5-1, respectively.
Although that trio is used to contending at the major stage, this U.S. Open isn't without its emerging talent. PGA Tour afterthoughts such as Jamie Lovemark, Daniel Summerhays and Tony Finau are within a few strokes of the lead, prompting this tweet from Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins:
Of course, the quirkiness and difficulty of Chambers Bay has been the main talking point. As the madness trickled over to moving day, one loud voice seemed to give the course perhaps its most damning criticism, as golf great Gary Player called it "one of the worst golf courses I've ever seen," per Yahoo Sports' Jay Busbee.
The unpredictable greens haven't been a great look, and quirky switches between par-four and par-five holes have only increased frustration over one of the trickiest courses the U.S. Open has ever seen. But for all of the complaints, there's still a fantastic golf tournament going on with a number of players who are figuring the course out.
If anything, the wrench being thrown into the typical format with this move to Chambers Bay might be just what the USGA wanted in order to crown the proper U.S. Open champion. It's certainly getting it.