Tune in at 4:00 PM ET for final round coverage of the U.S. Open. Gino Bottero will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Welcome everyone! I'll be live blogging the final round of the 112th playing of the United States Open Championship.
This year's Open is being played at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
Lake Course | Par: 70 | Yardage: 7,170
Winner's Share: $1,440,000
FedExCup Points: 600
2011 - Rory McIlroy
2010 - Graeme McDowell
2009 - Lucas Glover
2008 - Tiger Woods
2007 - Angel Cabrera
Round 1 Recap: A beautiful day in San Francisco to get the Open underway. Normally good weather and low-scoring go hand-in-hand at a golf tournament, but there was only one player going low on Thursday. Michael Thompson was 2-over through six holes, then birdied five of the next eight holes, and closed with a birdie on 18 for the day's low round, carding a 4-under 66. He was 3-shots clear of the field through 18 holes, equalling the largest 18-hole lead in U.S. Open history. Five players played at 1-under par. Three birdies and two bogeys on Tiger Woods' card. He had back-to-back birdies on 4 and 5, but followed them with a bogey on 6. He was the first man in at 1-under. Nick Watney was at 3-over par when he reached the Par 5 17th, but he got back to even-par by holing his second shot from the fairway for just the third double-eagle in U.S. Open history. He finished with a 69. Graeme McDowell was able to reach 69 with a birdie-birdie finish. David Toms and Justin Rose round out the group of five players with rounds of 69. Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, and Phil Mickelson combined to shoot 30-over par in the first round.
Round 2 Recap: 17-year-old Beau Hossler tried to steal the show, taking the outright lead at 2-under after a birdie on 1, but there was a trio of former Major champions atop the leaderboard when play concluded on Friday. Three straight bogeys on 5, 6, and 7 led to a 3-over 37 on the front nine for Tiger Woods, but he responded with birdies on 10 and 13 to card a 70 and remain at 1-under. Eight of the last nine times Tiger's held, or shared, the 36-hole lead at a Major Championship, he's won it. Jim Furyk played the front-9 at 1-under en route to a 69. Furyk was the 36-hole co-leader in 2003 when he won the U.S. Open. David Toms was 2-over through the front nine, but birdied 11 and 13 after the turn for a round of 70. 18-hole leader Michael Thompson had four bogeys and two double-bogeys in a round of 75 to fall back into a tie for 4th at 1-over par. Some notable players missed the cut which was set at 8-over par. World number 1 Luke Donald, World number 2 Rory McIlroy, and defending Masters champion Bubba Watson all failed to make it through to the weekend.
Round 3 Recap: Only a single birdie on Saturday for Tiger Woods in a round of 75, his highest third round score in a Major when holding the 36-hole lead. He fell off the pace to 4-over par. Graeme McDowell made his only bogey of the day on 9, but followed it with a birdie on 10 and added birdies on 13 and 18 for a round of 68. That moved him into a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at 1-under. Three birdies and three bogeys in a round of 70 for Furyk. Fredrik Jacobson closed the front nine with three straight birdies en route to a third round 68. He finished the day in solo third at 1-over. Lee Westwood started his back nine with consecutive birdies on 10 and 11 and added another on 18 for a round of 67 to get back to 2-over. Ernie Els was 3-over through the first six holes but played at 5-under par the rest of the day for a round of 68, getting him back to 2-over. 17-year-old amateur Beau Hossler followed each of his four bogeys with a birdie on the very next hole in a round of 70, keeping him at 3-over.
Scoring Averages this week:
1st Round: 74.923
2nd Round: 74.051
3rd Round: 72.000
Only four players have finished below-par in the four previous playings of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.
Since winning the U.S. Open in 2003, Jim Furyk's round of 69 on Friday was only his second round under-par at this event.
The last four U.S. Open winners were in the final group on Sunday, however, 54-hole U.S. Open leaders at The Olympic Club are 0-for-4. Lee Janzen came from 5-strokes back to win in 1998.
Notable Groups that have yet to tee off:
4:30 PM ET: Garcia - Rose
4:50 PM ET: Woods - Wittenberg
5:20 PM ET: Dufner - Hossler (A)
5:50 PM ET: Els - Adams
6:00 PM ET: Jacobson - Westwood
6:10 PM ET: Furyk - McDowell
Another gorgeous day at The Olympic Club. The 16th tee has been moved closer by better than 100 yards. It's on the card at 569 yards today.
Westwood is entering the final round of a Major inside the top-4 for the 6th time since 2008.
U.S. Open Championship Leaderboard:
T1. J. Furyk -1
T1. G. McDowell -1
3. F. Jacobson +1
T4. L. Westwood +2
T4. N. Colsaerts +2
T4. E. Els +2
T4. B. Adams +2
The wind has really started to pick up on the course.
Let's pick up play on 7 with Phil Mickelson.
Par 4 7th: Phil Mickelson's birdie putt slid right. He tapped in for par. He's at 11-over.
Par 4 12th: David Love III with a long birdie attempt and he bent it in to get to 10-over.
No amateur has ever won the U.S. Open. If an amateur were to win, they would get the trophy and credit for the win, but the winner's share of the purse would go to the top professional player.
Par 4 1st: Michael Thompson with a short par putt to open his round and he rolls it in. He's at 5-over.