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Under windy conditions on a Brooklyn (Mass.) track that’s always difficult to tame – as John Ram and Scotty Scheffler lamented – Will Zlatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick topped the 122nd US Open for history, having played the third round on Saturday.

The captains involved, in search of a first title on the PGA circuit, weren’t always in charge during this eventful day, but they were the most regular, as was the extraordinary edition of the Ryder Cup in 1999, when Team USA won. Europeans.

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The American’s 14th in the world and Britain’s 18th, who maintained an impressive run at the PGA Championship last month and 2nd and 5th, are already part of the rare entries that have remained sub-par, at the end of this third round, which may have sounded the death knell for chances of Colin Morikawa, leader The day before he finished 17th by returning a +7 card (+2 in total).

I knew she was going to play hard and that we had to be patient. I knew if I did a ghost or two early in the game I don’t change the game plan, I don’t try to be too aggressive because that’s how you do damage Zalatoris, who made only one foul, reacted amid four successful birds, was rewarded with a 14-place jump.

The wind was blowing hard. This made things difficult. You had to keep in mind how you would hit the ball, and where you would miss it. It was a big challenge today. I am really happy with my results Fitzpatrick, who was once more lively, commented, but his five birds made up for the three stealth waived. Here they are with a total of -4, still very skinny after 54 holes in the Grand Slam.

Ram failed

They capitalized on the failure at the end of the defending champion’s track, Spaniard John Ram, who the day before had stayed third.

However, it moved up the rankings in 17th place, thanks to its third straight jumper, fourth in total.

But the world number two, who knew how to be patient after two early bogeys, cracked on the last hole, and committed a double bogey, having hit the two bunkers en route.

Everything stays open

However, he is only one unit behind Zalatores and Fitzpatrick, who are two lengths ahead of a triple in fourth, made up of Canadian Adam Hadwin, American Keegan Bradley and world number one Scottie Scheffler.

The latter started strong with two birders and an 8th-ranked eagle that seemed to fly over this stormy day, was in the lead halfway, one with a total of -6, twice ahead of the competition.

Then, boom. A double ghost at number 11 followed by three consecutive ghosts brutally brought him back to Earth. However, he set the break with a bird at number 17, which also allows him to stay in the game.

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Right behind him is Rory McIlroy who hasn’t really recovered from the three ghosts committed at the start of the day. The Northern Irish, winner of the Canadian Open last week, remains negative (-1), along with Americans Joel Dahmin and Sam Burns.

And in 10th place, Nick Hardy was the last to equalize (0). The other 54 competitors are above.

Among them, Morikawa, seventh in the world, winner of the USPGA in 2020 and the British Open last year, had a terrible day, particularly saddled with two doubles at N.7 and N.13.

With him in 17th place (+2), Japan’s Hideki Matusiyama, the 2021 Masters champion, and previous version Dustin Johnson, a player banned from the PGA Tour, for undergoing sirens. LIV Golf, but has cleared to compete in this week’s US Open.

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