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Jason Gore played at the US Open for the first time in 11 years.
His score didn’t matter.
Gore is best known for playing in the final group at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005 and shooting 84. He now works for the USGA in player relations. Gore played as a non-competitive scorer on Saturday with Akshay Bhatia, who would otherwise have played the third round alone.
Bhatia had to birdie the 18th hole on Friday night to pass the cut to 4 of 146. He shot 73 on Saturday, assured of not finishing last on 54 holes.
If Gore plays again in the final round, it will be with someone else. In his last official appearance at the US Open, Gore tied for 47th at Pebble Beach in 2010.
Paul Casey takes a big step towards a berth at the Olympics.
Casey is world No. 19, a fraction ahead of fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick. Casey came back tied for the US Open with a 31 of the first nine at Torrey Pines. Fitzpatrick was 4 on his first five holes and seven strokes behind Casey.
Countries will get two players for the Olympics next month, with a maximum of four if they are among the top 15 in the world. This is the last week before the 60-player squad is defined.
The main British player is Tyrrell Hatton, who has not indicated if he plans to go to Tokyo.
Jordan Spieth plays alongside Casey. He also had four birdies on the first nine, as well as a bogey on the No.4 when he missed the fairway. Spieth was at 1 for the tournament.
It could be an indication of decent scoring opportunities for the rest of the field. Casey and Spieth will have completed the third round approximately 90 minutes before the start of the final group.
Saturday is moving day to the US Open, and this one could be fascinating.
Co-leaders are Richard Bland and Russell Henley, 48, at 5 below par. Bland is playing his fourth major, one each over the past four decades. Henley has played 26 majors without recording a top 10.
Behind them is a long list of star power and experience. Twenty players are separated by five shots, and six of them are major champions. This includes Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. They have won three of the last four US Open.
Rory McIlroy is six strokes behind and thinks he’s part of the pack. Phil Mickelson is another shot back and feels the same.
Early in the game, Jordan Spieth hit two birdie putts within 6 feet to start his third round and made one.
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