Saturday, day 6 at the U.S. Open

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Third round numbers
* Pinehurst No. 2's two par fives played under par Saturday, No. 5 by a substantial amount as there were eight eagles - including by Martin Kaymer and Erik Compton.

No. 5 played to a 4.433 stroke average. No. 10, at 617 yards, saw 20 birdies, 40 pars, six bogeys and a double bogey to average out at 4.821 per player.

* The most difficult hole on the course was No. 2, a 507-yard par four. One player birdied No. 2 and No. 6 out of 67 tries on each.


* Individual stat category leaders are through three rounds:

Driving distance - J.B. Holmes 319.8 yards

Fairways hit - Brendon De Jonge 88 percent

Greens in regulation - Henrik Stenson 78 percent

Putts - Justin Leonard 25.67 per round

 
Last amateur playing
Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, is the first reigning U.S. Amateur champion to make the cut at the U.S. Open since Ryan Moore in 2005, at Pinehurst. Fitzpatrick is the only amateur still in the field.

After shooting 71 and 73 while paired with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson Thursday and Friday, Fitzpatrick struggled to a 78 Saturday.

The good news, the English lad didn't miss England vs. Italy in the World Cup last evening.

"Yeah, I think that's what everyone said to me, we're glad that you're not leading, Matthew, because we're not going to miss the England game. So, yeah, that is my excuse, anyway," he said.


Senior champ still in it
Kenny Perry, the 2013 U.S. Senior Open champion, which earns the victor a spot to the U.S. Open, is the oldest player - 53 - still in the field.

Perry shot a one-under 69 Friday. He shot 74 Saturday moving to seven over par overall.

He had a huge highlight in his 74, holing out from a bunker from 220 yards away on No. 14 for an eagle two.

"I'm in a bunker," he said of his eagle. "I hit a poor 5-wood off the tee and this came out perfect and it looked, I thought it was going to go over the green and then all of a sudden people started jumping up in the air and it had perfect speed on it. That's the longest shot I've ever made ever in my life, period, from 220 out of a bunker with a hybrid."

Overall, though...

"I tell you what, it's, it was a golf course of 18 of the toughest pins I've ever seen. It was probably the hardest setup I've ever experienced in a major championship. Meaning that you had to be spot on with your irons, there was no room for error, right, left, you had to basically kind of play short and up to everything. Every time I got a little aggressive it went a little long and went off the swale and I'm struggling to make par. I was seven-over after seven today and I hadn't hit it that poorly."


1999, 2005, 2014 at No. 2

Through two rounds, the field is finding the fairway more often this week versus the '99 and '05 Opens here. Players are hitting more greens in regulation and putting more red numbers on their cards.

Fairways hit:

'99 66 percent

'05 52 percent

'14 71 percent

Greens in regulation:

'99 47 percent

'05 50 percent

'14 57 percent

Birdies and eagles through two rounds

'99 555

'05 569

'14 670

Scoring average through two rounds

'99 74.14

'05 74.21

'14 73.06


Double digits
Martin Kaymer is the sixth player in U.S. Open history to reach double digits under par. He joins Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000), Jim Furyk (2003), Ricky Barnes (2009) and Rory McIlroy (2011).

Kaymer reached double digits under par in 32 holes – the second-fastest in U.S. Open history. McIlroy reached double digits under par in 26 holes in 2011 at Congressional.