Three of the eleven players who have finished their final round at the U.S. Open have turned in a red number. Louis Oosthuizen fired a 67 and his playing partner, Mathew Fitzpatrick, fired a 69. Daniel Berger birdied the 18th hole in the group behind to shoot a four-under 66, the lowest round of the weekend.
The players have shown a low round is out there, but the course will only get firmer, and the pressure will reach unbearable levels as the day goes on.
Kaymer has experience and a five-stroke lead on his side, but the main contenders have a course set up that allows them to make a run.
Fitzpatrick finished as the low amateur, and he is the first player since Bobby Jones to hold low amateur honors in both the British Open and the U.S. Open at the same time. Jones accomplished the feat in 1930.
The 19-year-old will be turning professional this Thursday at the Irish Open, and he was pleased with his performance at the U.S. Open. He said, “I really enjoyed it. It’s been a great week. My aim was to win the low amateur, and to achieve it is pretty pleasing. I think playing with some of the biggest names — I played with Phil and Justin, a practice round with Rory, playing with Louis on the last day, and, yeah, it’s been great and I really enjoyed my week, really.”