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US Open day four as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

0115: Hey - one last piece of information before you go. Play will start tomorrow at 1400 BST, so be sure to come back then when our coverage will get under way once more. If there's a play-off, they're hoping they can do that on Monday too. Should be a cracker. Night then.

From Glen from West Yorkshire, via text on 81111: "Does that horn mean its bedtime?"
Yes, it surely does. Great stuff staying with us, though - give yourself a 67.

0110: Ricky Barnes chose not to play his second shot from the rough stuff at two, so he's got that to look forward to in the morning. How much better Tiger will sleep after that bad boy birdie in the dying embers of the day.

US up
0107: Tiger Woods, in almost impenetrable gloom in New York, rattles his putt damn it right into the middle of the hole and do you know what? He's level par, the crowd go mental and he is only seven shots behind the leaders. Were he to win, it would be one of the all-time greats.
Leaders: -7 Barnes, Glover -2 Duval, Fisher, Mahan, Mickelson

0103: Mike Weir bogeys the third and he moves back to one under, so he's fast falling out of contention - remember, the left-hander started today on -6.

0101: Tiger Woods hits a screamer of an iron shot pin high, about eight feet from the flag on seven. That putt is to move to level par. Hmm...

0100: The players are allowed to finish the hole they have started playing, but we're drawing to a close for tonight. With Ricky Barnes in trouble on the second, it might just be setting up nicely for tomorrow.


0056: Apparently, it's quite dark in New York. Bothered - get the light-enhancing glasses on and let's play for another half an hour. Ricky Barnes finds rough from his tee shot at the second - are the wheels falling off?

US down
0053: Woods and Mickelson both miss birdie putts, but Ricky Barnes does the field a favour by bogeying the first and he's now level with Lucas Glover on seven under.
Leaders: -7 Barnes, Glover -2 Duval, Fisher, Mahan, Mickelson, Weir

0051: That's pressure. Ricky Barnes fluffs a chip from the edge of the first green to about 25 feet away from the pin and he looks likely to drop a shot immediately.

From Gerard from Castleford, via text on 81111: "Barnes and Glover will drop shots when they start to comprehend how close they are, but can anybody get close enough to steal it?"

0048: Frankly, if Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover can shoot 72/73, it'll be a two-way battle to win the US Open, because no-one is even threatening to get close to them right now. A very disappointing session, this is turning into.

US down
It's bad news for a Briton
0043: David Duval misses a 14-footer for par on the first and he slips back to two under par. Ross Fisher drops one too, three-putting - and he's back to two under as well.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -2 Duval, Fisher, Mahan, Mickelson, Weir

0038: The leaders, Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover, have teed off at the first. They will be out there for about 45 minutes - and how crucial will that 45 minutes be? All 60 players are out on the course again.

US down
0035: Sean O'Hair bogeys the second and so goes back to one under - I thought you were making a move, dude? Right then, you can have a down arrow for that, and I'm taking you off my italicised leaderboard. It's the only way you'll learn.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -3 Fisher, Duval -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Weir

From Alan Jones, UK, via email: "Shouters of "in the hole" after every shot - it's obvious what should be done. Build a big, deep hole in a remote part of the course and put them "in the hole", giving them a ladder to get out at the end of the day. A case of the punishment fitting the crime."

0031: David Duval tees off at the first - he must have put on a good couple of stone since he was world number one all those years ago, but it's superb to see him in such a great position. He'd be the second most popular winner by a mile. Ross Fisher gets under way alongside him. C'mon Ross.

0028: Retief Goosen gets off to the worst possible start with a bogey at the first to slip back to level par. Here's a quick reminder of the leaders again, with plenty of them out on the course...
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -3 Fisher, Duval -2 O'Hair, Mahan, Mickelson, Weir

It's bad news for a Briton
0026: England's Oliver Wilson, still wearing his remarkable raspberry-coloured trousers, bogeyed the second to drop to plus two. He gives himself a great chance to get it straight back with a fine approach at the third, but slides the putt past.

0023: Phil Mickelson starts his final round to a truly memorable round of applause from the New Yorkers. One thing is for sure - wherever he finishes, Lefty will not forget this week at Bethpage Black in a hurry.

From Swainy, England, via email: "If the Fish gets hot with the putter then I think he could be the first Englishman to win in longer than I care to remember. Come on Ross!!"

US up
0014: Sean O'Hair gets in the early doors mixer, birdieing the first to move up to two under. That's more like it - have a graphic for your troubles, fella.

0012: No-one's making a move all of a sudden. Come on boys, what you waiting for? Ricky's not gonna drop seven shots, is he? Is he? Or is he...

0008: Ricky Barnes is out there practicing his shots, he and Lucas are due out in about half an hour. Ricky's gone for a little orange number - didn't know he was a Blackpool fan. I wonder if his Tangerine dream will come true...

0006: Tiger misses by an agonising margin on the right, that was a birdie putt from about 15 feet. He taps in for a par and every half-chance needs to drop for him to have any chance at all.

0004: Phil Mickelson is on the move towards the first tee. Damn it, I unashamedly want him to win now, and I don't care who knows.

From Jonny, Glasgow, via text on 81111: "Hope Ross Fisher turns hot. Always thought he'd be a good prospect. No hype, just a natural swing."

European Up
2358: Denmark's Soren Hansen makes a birdie at the first and he moves to level par. Stewart Cink, meanwhile, plays an outrageously good shot from crazily thick stuff off the green at three to within a couple of inches to help him save par. Majestic.

US up
2355: Bouncebackability: that's what the greats in any sport have got. Tiger Woods forgets his bogey and drops a 12-footer for birdie at the second, to return to one over. What a champion.

2353: I was just wondering whether Tiger wears tiny little ear plugs when he plays in America. I mean, the noise level when he hits any shot is just incredible - if I had to put up with those imbeciles screaming in my lugholes 280-odd times a week, I think my ears would be permanently bleeding.

It's good news for a Briton
2349: Lee Westwood, who suffered a complete and extraordinary collapse earlier having been in a top position, birdies four to go one over and hurls his ball into the ecstatic masses. Too little, too late, but top class nevertheless.

2347: Tweet tweet. Rory McIlroy showcases his fabulous talent with another cracking birdie - the prodigiously-talented kid is now two under after five and two over overall.

From Jamie, Basingstoke, via email: "Really want Mickelson to do well in this tournament, he seems like such a nice guy and after what he has been through, to still be playing with a smile on his face is just brilliant."

European Up
US down
2341: As if determined to give me the movement I'm so obsessed with, Sweden's Henrik Stenson birdies the fourth to go to two under for the round and one over for the tournament. But Tiger Woods bogeys the first and that, as they say, is that. Game over.

2338: BBC Radio 5 Live's Iain Carter just called the fans screaming 'in the hole' after every damn shot "morons". Tell you what, there are an awful lot of morons out there right now.

From Will, Oxford, via text on 81111: "Surely everyone should be getting behind David Duval? If he could win this week, it would be one of the great stories of modern times, considering his eight-year slump"

European Up
European Down
2334: Not much in the way of early doors movement, though Johan Edfors birdied the first and is now one over. Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, misses his par putt on one and slips to three over.

2331: A very, very good proportion of the fans at Bethpage Black are drunk. Sergio Garcia gets stuck way left on the first and ends up playing a sensational recovery about 10 feet from the pin over the heads of about 20 spectators who for some reason weren't moved along. The cheering has gone through the roof and the 'Get in the holes' into overdrive. Even from tee shots. With the green 500 yards away. Clowns.

2328: The great Tiger Woods, on one over par, gets his final round under way at the first. Surely even arguably the finest golfer of all time cannot win from this position?

From Paul, England, via email: "If Barnes and Glover have a bad start, it could bring a whole host of players into contention. Should be interesting. I still think Mickelson could get something going!"

2321: Henrik Stenson chucks his ball into the crowd after one very standard hole and they go wild, the man who gets his hands on it high-fiving with everyone in the same post (zip?) code. I'd love to know how many beers have been drained over the last four days at Bethpage...

2319: Sergio Garcia gets his last round under way and finds some nasty-looking heavy rough. If he'd remembered to pack his putter this week, the Spaniard could have been right in the business end of this US Open.

2317: Of the players who have already completed at least one hole of their final round, six have already dropped a shot and three have gained. Now what could that mean?

From Simon, Uxbridge, via text on 81111: "Stevo, what's the ETA of sunset in New York? (ie what time will you let us go to bed..?) Here's backing Mr Fisher for a birdie charge."
Mate, I reckon they'll play until at least 0100, maybe even 0115 or so. Otherwise, there's no point the top two going out.

2310: Rory McIlroy nails a birdie putt on 11 and after a bit of kidology, throws his spherical object into the crowd, who clearly are already pretty fond of the young Northern Irishman. Movement.

From Barry, Ireland, via email: "This could be wishful thinking on the part of us who backed him at 150's, but Big Bubba Watson shot 72 and 70 in the worst part of the draw and a cheeky 67 earlier..."

European Up
US up
2304: Cracking start from Henrik Stenson who chips in for a birdie at one to move to two over, and then plays a lovely approach at the second to earn another birdie attempt. Europe up graphic time. Anthony Kim gets off to a flier with a birdie too. USA up graphic time too.

2300: Now then, don't even think about going to sleep - it's the final round of the US Open for crying out loud. The 606 boards have closed, so, same as yesterday, whack texts to 81111 and feel free to send an email using the form top right of this page (though you'll need to refresh to see it).

2258: Some key starting times for you: Lee Westwood (2309), Tiger Woods (2325), Oliver Wilson (2341), Graeme McDowell (2357), Phil Mickelson (0021), Ross Fisher (0029), Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover (0037).

2254: They're going out in two separate lots again, remember, so Henrik Stenson and JB Holmes have kicked us off on the first tee and Rory McIlroy and Nick Taylor from the 10th.

2248: We should be officially back under way. Let's hope we get a clean run for the next two, two-and-a-half hours. Someone making a move tonight would go down a right treat.

2240: The last pairing, Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover, are due to tee off in the fourth round of the US Open at 0037 BST. The first starters are actually due out in five minutes.

From bighangers on 606: "If Ross Fisher can play his long game like he did in the third round and hole putts, he'll be right there. It just needs someone to make a quick few birdies and get to five or six under, and the leaders should come backwards. Fisher or Phil Mickelson for me."
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2220: Play is expected to get under way in the fourth round in 10 minutes.

US down
2202: So this is how it stands: Ricky Barnes pulls his par putt and with one round to go, he is leading the US Open by one shot from Lucas Glover. The fourth round is going to start tonight, but we don't know quite when. I'm going for a little pit stop, but will let you know what's happening and when asap.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -3 Fisher, Duval -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Weir

2158: Ricky gets out of the thick stuff with aplomb and he's got a six-footer to save par and finish round three one nine under.

2157: Sweden's Johan Edfors has finished his round and it's a very good one, a 68, to leave him two over for the tournament.

2154: Ricky's found some thick, thick, thick stuff on 18 and that could have repercussions both for him and those boys with their feet up in the clubhouse.

Ross Fisher: "In a word, my green play was shocking today. There was big relief on 18 when that one dropped, I felt like I was owed a few. Unfortunately I was hitting it close but 37 putts and one under - if I could hit 30 putts... But I came here with the intention of winning this and I still believe I can."

Tiger Woods: "I was consistent, I was hitting the ball well but I have been all week. I'm gonna have to shoot a low one and probably get some help, so it's not all in my control. All I can do is try and shoot low and see what happens."

US up
2144: David Duval rolls back the years with another birdie, this time at 18, to join Ross Fisher on three under. That's a very solid round of 70 from the former world number one.

From Champ, SE London, via text on 81111: "Apologies for interrupting the final stages, but is it me or does Barnes bear an uncanny resemblance to well-known comic turn Robert Webb (of Mitchell and Webb fame)?"

US up
2141: US Open leader Ricky Barnes rolls in a 20-footer for birdie on 17 and Lucas Glover has to settle for a par, so the gap is back to two. Sean O'Hair ended with a bogey to slip back to one under. As the top two head for the last, I'm preparing my mind for the challenge of trying to get my legs to work again.
Leaders: -9 Barnes -7 Glover -3 Fisher -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Duval, Weir

2135: There are 14 players still out there on the course and some of them might not get too long a break until they are out there for round four, doing it all over again.

US up
2131: Lucas Glover's stunning approach at the 16th earns him a birdie and he's back to where he started today on seven under, after threatening to collapse completely early doors.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -3 Fisher -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Duval, Weir, O'Hair

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
2128: I'm going double up for this one, because we haven't had any Brit joy for a very, very long time. Well done to Ross Fisher, who finally sinks a birdie putt on 18 to card a round of 69 and move to three under. He's in third, what a performance so far.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -6 Glover -3 Fisher -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Duval, Weir, O'Hair

From kinsang on 606: "One of the great things about golf is that an outsider can come along, have the four days of his life and win or come close to winning a major championship. Sure, it's great to see the great players win, but it's also rare to see 'fairytale' stories in professional sport - golf can still provide that."
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Phil Mickelson: "It was a lot of fun at the end. I felt anything under par would give me a chance, I felt like I could make up the difference tomorrow. It was a very up-and-down round, I made some dumb shots, but I hit some great shots too and I feel I can hit five or six under even giving myself a couple of mistakes."

2122: Sean O'Hair - remember him from earlier? - makes a mockery of the 17th with a birdie two to move in with the pack on two under.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -6 Glover -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Fisher, Duval, Weir, O'Hair

2117: Ricky Barnes misses a 15-footer for par at 15 and he drops back to eight under, while Lucas Glover holds firm with a par thanks to a fabulous up-and-down from thick rough to move to within two of his playing partner.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -6 Glover -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Fisher, Duval, Weir

US up
2114: Lee Westwood finishes with a par but ends the round two over, having been four under at one stage. Shocker. David Duval, who has rolled along very quietly all day, knocks in a birdie at 16 to move back to two under. Mike Weir bogeys 15 to fall back to two under, while Todd Hamilton doubles 17 to drop to one under.
Leaders: -9 Barnes -6 Glover -2 Mahan, Mickelson, Fisher, Duval, Weir

2111: Tiger has a 20-footer for birdie at the ninth, his 18th, but he just misses it on the right and he's finished with a 68 to leave him one over. Unless Ricky rocks badly in the next hour, surely even Tiger's out of this one?

2108: Just to keep you updated, we still don't have an official start time for the fourth round to get under way, but we are expecting it to be about 2230 BST. That's certainly what the USGA were hoping for earlier.

US up
US up
2103: That is Roy of the Rovers stuff, simple as. Phil Mickelson, from left to right, curls in an absolute pearler from about 30 feet at the 18th and he comes in with a round of 69 to end the day beautifully poised at two under. Needless to say, the crowd seemed to quite like that one.

From Stuart, Dover, via text on 81111: "Who is Ricky Barnes? This has to be one of sport's greatest shocks should he go on and win this? Let's not forget the best finish in his career is 47th!!"

2057: Boy that was close - Ricky Barnes lips a 20-footer at the 14th and that would have moved him back into double figures had it dropped. Cue sighs of relief from an awful lot of the world's top golfers.

Hunter Mahan: "It was nice, pretty solid, I gave myself a lot of chances. It's great to have the experience of pressure situations going into tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

2052: Hunter Mahan is in with a brilliant 68, leaving him on two under, while Bubba Watson fired a terrific 67 to move to one under. Tiger Woods misses a 15-foot birdie putt on eight and he stays at one over with one to play.

2047: Phil Mickelson has got them going big time, but the left-handed legend's birdie putt at 17 runs out of steam an agonising two inches shy of the hole.

2047: Kinsang (see below), Ricky's gone one better - he's just birdied the 13th from close range and gone back to nine under, three clear of Lucas Glover.
Leaders: -9 Barnes -6 Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton

From kinsang on 606: "I think anyone under par after the third round still has a chance of winning - what Ricky Barnes wouldn't give for a string of pars right now."
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2042: There might as well be only one man out there right now - Phil Mickelson hits a little beauty of an iron approach at 17, and the ball rolls back to within 12 feet for another birdie chance. Boy he's in there now.

2040: Ross Fisher gets out of trouble at 15 with a quality bunker shot and he holds his nerve to roll in the putt for a par, he's still two under the Englishman.

US up
2036: That's a monster - and Phil Mickelson is all over this tournament like a rash now. The big man (it feels like a big man moment) knocks in a quality 20-footer at the 16th to move to one under par, and the boys at the front will be aware of those cheers, make no mistake about that.

From Mac, Charlton, via text on 81111: "Chin up, Stevo. Lee can pick up a couple and Barnesy and Glover will drop a few. It's still on!"

2031: Phil Mickelson finds the middle of the 16th green and a birdie in his closing three holes would leave him right in contention.

2028: Sloppy that, from Ricky Barnes - he three-putts on the 12th green and suddenly he's down to eight under, just two ahead of a resurgent Lucas Glover.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -6 Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton

2026: Oliver Wilson finishes with a 71 and after a brace of 70s, he's one over for the tournament. Sergio Garcia misses his birdie putt at 17, he can't sink one for toffee.

2023: Ross Fisher's putting has been rubbish today - he must have left six shots out there already. He slides another past at 14 and it's another birdie chance gone a-begging.

European Down
2021: Sergio Garcia plays a beaut to 17 that gives him a birdie chance, but he bogeyed 15 so he's slipped back to two over. The storms clouds appear to be gathering at Bethpage Black.

Retief Goosen: "I don't think I played as well as I did yesterday, but I've got myself in there under par. Ricky's gonna have to come back to the field or someone's going to have to do something exceptional tomorrow to win it."

It's bad news for a Briton
It's bad news for a Briton
2016: Right I'm done, see you later. Lee, how could you? Westwood makes a total mess of 14, misses a four-foot sitter for bogey and drops back to one over. Doesn't seem like long ago he was four under, does it? This game. This crazy game.

2013: Lucas Glover is knocking on the door, but will Ricky Barnes let him in? LG birdies 11 to move to six under and he's now only three behind the longtime leader. David Duval just bogeyed 12 to drop back to two under.
Leaders: -9 Barnes -6 Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton

2010: The rain has eased a bit, so panic over. Rory McIlroy can put his feet up for a little while after carding a 72, so he's four over.

Graeme McDowell: "I'm looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and getting this job done, it's been a long week. It's kind of scary seeing what Ricky is on at the moment - I said I'd take level par at the start of the week, but it doesn't look like it'll do much damage right now."

2007: The rain has got harder in the last few minutes, but Ricky Barnes proves he's got some bottle - after a wayward tee shot into a bunker at 11, he gets himself into the middle of the green with a cracking recovery.

US up
2004: There's no doubt who the most popular man on the course is - Phil Mickelson eases his ball into the hole at 14 for a second successive birdie and he's now one under. Retief Goosen finishes off his round of 68 with a birdie and he's very nicely placed on one under.

From mischievousCheesy101 on 606: "That horrible pull into the junk on 10 is probably a sign of things to come [for Ricky], they could all be bunched up at the end of this..."
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1958: After a wobble in the middle of his round, Phil Mickelson is back to his best, reaping himself a birdie at the 13th and nailing a cracking tee shot to within about eight feet at the 14th. Ricky Barnes cannot save par at 10, so he's back to nine under, while Lucas Glover birdies to move to within four of the leader.
Leaders: -9 Barnes -5 Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton, Duval

US down
US down
1955: No sooner does he make his move than Hunter Mahan gives it all away with a double bogey at 15, crikey that must be a killer. Graeme McDowell is first into the clubhouse with a 69 to leave him on level par, and not out of it just yet.
Leaders: -10 Barnes -4 Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton, Duval

1953: Ricky Barnes takes his time playing out of the thick stuff - it's a monumentally brutal position to be in, but he plays a cracker to about 20 feet away and he's got that to save par.

US up
It's bad news for a Briton
1951: Tiger Woods only misses his eagle putt by a couple of feet, so he's back to one over with four holes left of his third round. Ross Fisher misses a six-footer for par at 13 and drops back to two under.

1949: Tiger drives beautifully on to the green in two at the par-five fourth and he's got a 25-footer or so for an eagle. Tragically, I bring you news that it's raining - but the really heavy stuff will hopefully stay away.

1947: Where's that Canadian down graphic when you really need one? Mike Weir, Stevo's tip yesterday, has predictably imploded, another bogey at 10 leaving him three under. Ricky Barnes was in a bunker at 10, and he promptly finds some of the longest grass I've ever seen. Interesting... very interesting.
Leaders: -10 Barnes -4 Mahan, Glover -3 Weir, Hamilton, Fisher, Duval

European Up
1944: Sergio Garcia birdied the 13th and he's moved back to one over - if he were to pick up another shot before the end of his round, the Spaniard is very much in the mixer.

1941: Ricky Barnes spanks his drive at the 10th way left and he will have to negotiate all sorts of rough stuff. Lucas Glover finds fairway, but it's not really about him right now.

From wentmat on 606: "There are plenty of players within four or five shots of second place, so while Barnes may run away with it, there must be a chance he will slip up which could well see the likes of Garcia springing a surprise win."
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US up
1935: It's about time someone made a move who wasn't called Ricky Barnes - and that man is Hunter Mahan. He birdies 13 and 14 to go four under and a share of second place. He's four under for the round, too. Super stuff.
Leaders: -10 Barnes -4 Mahan, Weir, Glover -3 Hamilton, Fisher, Duval

US up
1932: Ross Fisher has been steady as he goes all day long, but he misses a birdie putt on 11 to move four under. Unlucky, son. Meanwhile, Tiger curls in a beauty at three for a birdie to go two over. Surely not? I mean...

1927: Lee Westwood saves his par with an up and down from the edge of the 11th green but promptly taps the ball on to his head, as if to remind him to focus. He's nine off Ricky Barnes, but there's an awful lot of golf still to be played.

1925: Lucas Glover's round is falling apart after a decent start - he bogeys the eighth, has now dropped four shots in three holes and is back to four under along with Mike Weir.
Leaders: -10 Barnes -4 Weir, Barnes -3 Mahan, Hamilton, Fisher, Duval

From Laura, St Andrews, via text on 81111: "Shame they weren't playing at the glorious St Andrews today instead of soggy New York. Any update on Garcia?"
Still plus two - he's out of it I'm afraid.

1920: Lee Westwood is angry with himself for a poor iron approach at 11 - he doesn't get enough of the ball and it falls short of the green. "Concentrate, man," he tells himself in the immediate aftermath.

1918: Let's have a little round-up of some of the others: Sergio Garcia (+2) has dropped two shots today; Oliver Wilson (+1) has dropped two shots in his last three holes; Rory McIlroy (+4) has bogeyed his last two and Ian Poulter remains on +6.

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US down
It's bad news for a Briton
1913: Wowsers - Ricky Barnes drops a shot at the seventh, while Lucas Glover drops two shots at the same hole. Any more of that and it'll bring an awful lot more players into the championship. Lee Westwood bogeys 10 and is back to one under.
Leaders: -10 Barnes -5 Glover -4 Weir -3 Hamilton, Fisher, Duval

1910: Graeme McDowell birdies the sixth to move back to level par, but Mike Weir has bogeyed eight as well now and the Canadian's round is fast falling apart. It's what we thought might happen to Ricky Barnes.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -7 Glover -4 Weir -3 Hamilton, Mahan, Fisher

From Barclay80 on 606: "Never seen Barnes before and he is looking very calm. If he gets to the back nine at -11 or -10 he will be bringing up the rear of the field tomorrow and I wouldn't bet against him. Come on Ricky!"
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1904: In-form American Sean O'Hair makes his move, birdieing eight and nine to go two under and nine shots behind the monumentally-composed Ricky Barnes.

1901: There was a lot of 'Mr Dependable' chat about Mike Weir at the start of the day, but he's just bogeyed seven, his second in a row, to drop back to five under. For Ricky Barnes, this could not be going any better.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -7 Glover -5 Weir -3 Hamilton, Mahan, Fisher

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1858: Phil Mickelson is another one having a topsy-turvy round - no sooner does he gain a shot than he gives it straight back, this time with bogey at nine. He's out in 36 and is level par for the tournament.

1855: David Duval plays one of the shots of the day, a quite glorious iron approach to the eighth that rolls back and gives him a four-footer for birdie. Lucas Glover drops a shot at the sixth and Ricky's now four shots clear.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -3 Hamilton, Mahan, Fisher

US up
1852: 2004 Open champion Todd Hamilton is right in the thick of things too - he's just birdied the ninth to move under par for his round and join Hunter Mahan and Ross Fisher on three under. Tiger's monster putt at 18 rolls agonisingly close but it's a well-made par.

It's good news for a Briton
1848: Of course (see 1834) Lee Westwood is one under, not one over. Well he was, until he just banged in a birdie putt at nine to go back to two under. Rollercoaster stuff from the Worksop lad.

1844: Mike Weir drops a shot at the sixth after a wayward tee shot and drops back to six under.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -8 Glover -6 Weir -3 Mahan, Fisher

It's good news for a Briton
1843: I'm going Brit up graphic, because Ross Fisher is holding it together brilliantly out there - he's notched four pars in a row, is still one under for his round and is three under for the tournament.

From Oli, Newbury, via text on 81111: "With not many texts going in, I see this as my first chance to get a mention on the BBC. For once I don't see a Tiger comeback, but then again he isn't human is he? My money's on Weir - at least I've heard of him."

1836: Ricky Barnes is human - it's official. His birdie putt at five somehow misses on the left by a fraction and he's stuck on 11 under. Poor him.

It's bad news for a Briton
1834: Lee Westwood needs to hold it together here - having made a very, very early move to go to four under, he's now bogeyed three of the last four holes and is back at one under. You get given nothing out there.

US up
1833: Genuinely, the sun is shining at Bethpage Black. I was about to say it's all doom and gloom for Tiger, who gets nowhere near the fairway at 17 with his drive, but he recovers to the edge of the green and then chips in from 15 yards. Vintage Tiger.

1829: Tiger gets up and down at 16 to stay four over but it's not really about him anymore - Mike Weir slots home his birdie putt and he does indeed move to seven under. Dangerous, the Canadian.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -8 Glover -7 Weir -3 Mahan, Fisher

1827: Lucas Glover won't let Ricky have it all his own way - the number two gets involved in some birdie action at four to move to eight under, while Mike Weir's top approach at five will give him a great chance to go to seven under.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -8 Glover -6 Weir -3 Mahan, Fisher

From Moon1971 on 606: "Wow, great stuff from Barnes. I know there are many holes to go, but he will take some catching now..."
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It's bad news for a Briton
1822: Yeah, Lee Westwood couldn't get up and down, missing a 15-footer to save par, so he slips back to two under. The Ricky Barnes fairytale surely cannot end with US Open victory, can it?

1820: So far there has been an embarrassing paucity of texts. That number, if you have happened to forget it, is 81111. Ricky Barnes meanwhile is on fire - he slots in a lengthy eagle putt at the fourth to go 11 under. Sensational.
Leaders: -11 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -3 Mahan, Fisher

US up
1817: Lee Westwood spanks his iron at the seventh right of the green and a bit long too - he'll do damn well to get up and down from there. Meanwhile Phil Mickelson, backed by the increasingly-raucous galleries, bangs in a second successive birdie at eight to move to one under. Cracking stuff.

1814: Par, par, par for Lucas Glover, and par, par, par, par for Mike Weir - they're not giving anything away so far, the front three. And as for Ricky Barnes - he hits a super approach to the fourth and has a chance to go to 10 under.

1811: Retief Goosen, still many punters' dark horse for the title, goes out in 33 and is holding firm on one under.

It's bad news for a Briton
US up
1808: Ian Poulter's not having much fun out there - he bogeyed his first two holes and is six over for the tournament. Phil Mickelson gets straight back on the horse, nailing a birdie at seven to get back on to level par. Legend.

1802: Better news as Graeme McDowell saves par at three with a cracking 20-footer, while Oliver Wilson has parred his last five holes to remain steady on one under.

US down
US down
1759: Huge blow for Phil Mickelson - after that birdie at three which really had the galleries pumping, he's only gone and bogeyed the fifth and double bogeyed the sixth and is now back on one over. Boo.

From edd_zeppelin on 606: "Sergio Garcia has to win a major someday - if he retires in the future without any major wins, would you consider that one of sport's major disappointments? I certainly would. Getting ahead of myself, he's only 30."
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Garcia update: bogeys sixth and is one over for the tournament

It's bad news for a Briton
1753: Lee Westwood slides a putt past to bogey the fifth and he drops back to three under, along with Ross Fisher and David Duval. Tiger gets away with a bogey and he's now plus four, 13 shots adrift.

US up
US down
1751: Everyone was expecting Barnes and Glover to drop back to the pack sharpish - but old Ricky isn't rocky, he's not read any such script. He birdies the second and now leads by two. Tiger has to play twice to get out of the rough at 13 and Phil Mickelson ends up playing sideways out of a bunker after his ball got caught right at the top of the trap.

It's good news for a Briton
1749: No Englishman has won the US Open since the great Tony Jacklin in 1970, but there are three red rose boys in the top 10 right now - and Ross Fisher adds to his three successive pars with a birdie at four to move to three under. And that could barely be any more mixer territory.

1746: Tiger, wearing red - has anyone reminded him it's not the final round - mucks up his tee shot at 14, it's front right of the green and there is all sorts of thick stuff, sand, water around there. Hell, it could end up in anything. He's on the brink here.

US down
1741: I'm not packing up and going home, but that is remarkable - Tiger misses it on the right. He can little afford any more of them.

1740: Tiger's had to settle for par on the first three holes of his round but he plays a spanking iron into the 13th green and if he misses that I'm packing up and going home. Has he got a 64, 65 in him today?

It's good news for a Briton
1737: David Duval and Mike Weir both par the first, but it's all about Lee Westwood right now as he gets himself out of a spot of bother at the fourth to produce a lovely little up-and-down from 70-odd yards to move to four under.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -4 Westwood

1732: Azuma Yano has bogeyed the first, so he drops off our italicised leaderboard - a huge blow to the Japanese, I'm sure. Graeme McDowell birdies the 18th to move back to level par, good work that.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -3 Mahan, Westwood, Duval, Hanson

US up
1727: Well Hunter Mahan isn't wasting any time - he's birdied the sixth as well and is now three under for round and tournament. "Add him to the leaderboard then, Stevo," I hear you cry. OK then...
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -3 Mahan, Westwood, Yano, Duval, Hanson

1725: Ladies and gentlemen, the leaders Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover are out on the course. Which means they all are. Keeping you up to date with 60 golfers? No sweat...

US down
1723: Jim Furyk is going backwards too - he's bogeyed his last three holes to slip back to three over, while Tiger's birdie put at 11 misses on the right.

1719: Young pup Rory McIlroy has bogeyed the 15th - his sixth - to drop back to one over, but Retief Goosen and Soren Hansen are both two under for their third round and one under for the tournament. Less good news for Geoff Ogilvy fans - he's plus three for round and overall.

From Bennyboy2006 on 606: "Stevo, Westwood was in a very similar position last year. He had a poorish first round before gradually moving his way up the leaderboard. Who knows where he will be at the end of round four..."
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US up
1712: Hello there. Movement, movement, movement. Lee Westwood crashes in a birdie at two to go three under and Phil Mickelson, after two top-class pars, sticks away a 12-footer to birdie the third and move to two under.
Leaders: -8 Barnes -7 Glover -6 Weir -3 Westwood, Yano, Duval, Hanson

1710: It only leaves me to implore you to get involved today - do it for your dad, if you have to. Texts to 81111 please, and get stuck into the 606 thread as well - it got a little too quiet for my liking yesterday. Nice one.
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US up
1707: Movement: that's what we want. Hunter Mahan birdies the fourth and he's now two under for his third round and two under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile gets up and down at two for a very decent par thank you very much.

1705: Here's how we roll today then: having got under way at 1700 BST, the players are in twosomes and they're starting at the first and the 10th. So when leaders Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover get under way at 1724, all 60 players will be out on the course. If everything goes to plan, the final round will start at 2230 and we could be playing until 0100 on Monday morning. We'll be here right until the end, of course.

1700: It's officially golf o'clock. After a morning of intense frustration, the 60 players battling it out for one of sport's greatest prizes are getting under way at Bethpage Black in New York. Not only are we about to enjoy round three in all its glory, but we might just get stuck into round four later too...

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Deutsche Bank leaderboard
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Barnes remains on top in US Open
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