U.S. Open 2017: Round 3 preview & tee times

Jun 16, 2017; Erin, WI, USA; Brooks Koepka lines up his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2017; Erin, WI, USA; Brooks Koepka lines up his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports /

 A preview of Round 3 of the 117th U.S. Open and tee times and pairings for the 68 players who made the cut at Erin Hills.

The U.S. Open field is down from 156 to 68 following a wild Friday at Erin Hills.

The leaderboard at the 117th U.S. Open isn’t quite what people were expecting after 36 holes. Gone from the tournament are big names and favorites like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day — this is the first time since 1986 that the top three in the world rankings won’t be around for the weekend at a major championship — and sitting at the top in a four-way tie at 7-under are Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka.

Fleetwood, Koepka and Harman all shot a 2-under 70 for the day while Casey followed up his opening-round 66 with a 1-under 71 on Friday. Fleetwood and Koepka will tee off at 3:18 Eastern in the penultimate group and Casey and Harman will go off last at 3:29.

Just one shot back is first-round leader Rickie Fowler, who had gotten to 9-under after a holing an incredible birdie putt at the par-5 seventh. But he stumbled with three consecutive bogeys on the back nine to finish at 6-under and he’ll tee it up on Saturday afternoon with Jamie Lovemark, who shot a second straight 69 to keep in the hunt. Joining Fowler and Lovemark at 6-under is J.B. Holmes, who also shot a second consecutive 69 to keep himself in contention for his first major championship win. He’ll go off with PLAYERS champ Si Woo Kim, who sits two shots behind the leaders at 5-under, at 2:56.

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There are four other players at 5-under heading into Saturday’s round, including world No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama, the highest-ranked player remaining in the field, who made seven birdies on his way to a blistering 65 on Friday afternoon. He’ll tee it up on Saturday with Brandt Snedeker, just before the pairing of Xander Schauffele and amateur Cameron Champ, both of whom were unlikely contenders when the week began.

There are six players currently three shots back at 4-under, including Chez Reavie, who matched the lowest round of the tournament with a 65, ten shots better than he had done in the opening round, and five players at 3-under, including Masters champ Sergio Garcia and 2014 U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer. Two-time U.S. Open winner Ernie Els leads a group of nine players five shots back at 2-under, a group that also includes fan favorite “Beef” Johnston.

The beauty of this Saturday is that the 64 players chasing the foursome at the top are all within eight shots of the lead. With some rain in the forecast, the course is likely to soften up and there’s a chance that anybody could go low and put himself in a great spot to win on Sunday. After all, this is the U.S. Open. Anything can happen.

Here’s the full list of tee times and pairings for the third round of the 117th U.S. Open. (All times Eastern.)

U.S. Open Round 3 tee times & pairings

  • 9:26 a.m. — Tyler Light (+1), Webb Simpson (+1)
  • 9:37 a.m. — Matt Kuchar(+1), Zach Johnson (+1)
  • 9:48 a.m. — Jason Kokrak (+1), Gary Woodland (+1)
  • 9:59 a.m. — Talor Gooch (+1), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (+1)
  • 10:10 a.m. — Jordan Niebrugge (+1), Ryan Brehm (+1)
  • 10:21 a.m. — Steve Stricker (+1), Shane Lowry (+1)
  • 10:32 a.m. — Keegan Bradley (+1), Daniel Summerhays (+1)
  • 10:43 a.m. — Stephan Jaeger (E), Jordan Spieth (E)
  • 10:54 a.m. — Branden Grace (E), Kevin Kisner (E)
  • 11:05 a.m. — Lee Westwood (E), Haotong Li (E)
  • 11:16 a.m. — Stewart Cink (E), Kevin Chappell (E)
  • 11:27 a.m. — Jim Furyk (E), Louis Oosthuizen (E)
  • 11:38 a.m. — Kevin Na (E), Brandon Stone (E)
  • 11:49 a.m. — Patrick Reed (-1), Martin Laird (-1)
  • 12:00 p.m. — Michael Putnam (-1), Kevin Dougherty (-1)
  • 12:11 p.m. — Whee Kim (-1), Trey Mullinax (-1)
  • 12:22 p.m. — Matt Fitzpatrick (-1), Scottie Scheffler (-1)
  • 12:33 p.m. — Eddie Pepperell (-1), Jack Maguire (-1)
  • 12:44 p.m. — Ernie Els (-2), David Lingmerth (-2)
  • 12:55 p.m. — Thomas Aiken (-2), Yusaku Miyazato (-2)
  • 1:06 p.m. — Jonathan Randolph (-2), Justin Thomas (-2)
  • 1:17 p.m. — Adam Hadwin (-2), Andrew Johnston (-2)
  • 1:28 p.m. — Satoshi Kodaira (-2), Martin Kaymer (-3)
  • 1:39 p.m. — Bernd Wiesberger (-3), Sergio Garcia (-3)
  • 1:50 p.m. — Russell Henley (-3), William McGirt (-3)
  • 2:01 p.m. — Chez Reavie (-4), Charley Hoffman (-4)
  • 2:12 p.m. — Bill Haas (-4), Harris English (-4)
  • 2:23 p.m. — Marc Leishman (-4), Brendan Steele (-4)
  • 2:34 p.m. — Hideki Matsuyama (-5), Brandt Snedeker (-5)
  • 2:45 p.m. — Cameron Champ (-5), Xander Schauffele (-5)
  • 2:56 p.m. — Si Woo Kim (-5), J.B. Holmes (-6)
  • 3:07 p.m. — Rickie Fowler (-6), Jamie Lovemark (-6)
  • 3:18 p.m. — Brooks Koepka (-7), Tommy Fleetwood (-7)
  • 3:29 p.m. — Brian Harman (-7), Paul Casey (-7)

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