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June 21, 2015 - 2:50pm
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson's frustrating week ended with one last trunk-slamming moment -- a whiffed chip shot on the final hole.

It wasn't the greatest week for Phil Mickelson -- a six-time U.S. Open runner up -- at Chambers Bay.

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His 18th hole was a microcosm of the week. He made a double-bogey 7 at the par 5, including this whiff from the greenside rough:


Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 13-over 293.

June 21, 2015 - 1:59pm
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Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel is not a fan of the greens at Chambers Bay this week. His frustration almost got the best of him on Sunday during the final round of the U.S. Open.

Billy Horschel took a bogey at the par-3 sixth hole this afternoon at Chambers Bay.

And then this happened:


Because of the graphic, it's hard to tell whether or not the putter made contact with the green. There seems to be a little "bounce" at the end, which implies it could have. However, I've got to believe Horschel didn't chop the green -- he knows better than that.

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Horschel also had this funny clip, mocking the greens:


It's no secret that Horschel -- among many others -- isn't a fan of the greens this week. Check out this exchange on Twitter from Saturday with Steve Elkington:


June 20, 2015 - 8:35pm
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Jason Day
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Jason Day's status for the third round of the U.S. Open was in question after a scary bout of vertigo on Friday. On Saturday, he fired a remarkable 2-under 68.

There was a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not Jason Day would even tee off in the third round of the U.S. Open. And, if he did, there was uncertainty about whether he'd be able to complete his round.

Day, you see, has been battling a case of vertigo. In a scary scene on the final hole Friday, a bout of vertigo hit Day out of nowhere and he dropped to the ground.

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Day completed the hole then went to receive medical treatment.

In a story that's almost to incredible to believe, Day -- very clearly not close to 100 percent health-wise -- was playing like a champion in the third round.

Check out this remarkable tee shot and putt he hit at the par-3 17th hole at Chambers Bay, which -- at the time -- pulled him within one shot of the lead:


Immediately after that, Day birdied the 18th hole to shoot a 2-under 68 and take the clubhouse lead.

He respectfully declined a television interview request following the round to... get back to not feeling well.

What an effort by Day. For Sunday, the Aussie has positioned himself for a chance at his first major win.

June 20, 2015 - 5:57pm
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth couldn't have asked for a better start to the third round of the U.S. Open with birdies on two of his first three holes.

Jordan Spieth entered the third round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on Saturday tied for the 36-hole lead with Patrick Reed at 5-under par.

Early on, it looked as though Spieth might be leaving everyone in the dust.

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Check out Spieth's back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3:

Not bad at all.

Spieth did give a shot back at the fourth hole to fall to 6 under, but had a one-shot lead over Branden Grace.

June 20, 2015 - 2:09pm
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Henrik Stenson
A day after claiming that putting on the Chambers Bay greens was akin to putting on a particular vegetable, Henrik Stenson ate a healthy portion of that vegetable ahead of his third round.

Henrik Stenson is one of the all-time funny guys in golf.

One day after describing the greens at Chambers Bay as, "pretty much like putting on broccoli," Henrik Stenson put a picture of his lunch on Facebook before embarking on the third round of the U.S. Open:


Lunch before play! Day three at US open is on its way! Every Par is a winner! H

Posted by Henrik Stenson on Saturday, June 20, 2015


Good stuff.

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Stenson, looking for his first major championship win, will begin Saturday tied for 12th at 1 under, four shots behind 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. 

June 19, 2015 - 8:04pm
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Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk prepares to hit his approach shot at No. 10 during Friday's second round of the U.S. Open.

When you're battling to make the cut at the U.S. Open, every shot is important. But some seem more important than others.

Chris Kirk -- needing something good to happen in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay -- got exactly what he was looking for with this approach shot on the 10th hole:



That eagle moved Kirk from 4-over -- and in danger of missing the cut -- to 2-over, which if he could maintain that pace for the rest of the round, would keep him in the low 60 and ties.