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June 20, 2015 - 6:57pm
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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 - 3:09pm
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Henrik Stenson
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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 - 9:04pm
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Chris Kirk
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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.

June 19, 2015 - 4:49pm
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Jason Day and Jordan Spieth walk on the third green Friday, six holes before Day collapsed.
 
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) – Jason Day was overcome by dizziness and collapsed on his final hole at the U.S. Open on Friday, raising doubt about whether he will be able to continue this weekend.
 
Day, who has dealt with vertigo in the past, was 3 under for the championship when he was approaching his ball in the greenside bunker on the ninth hole, his last of the second round.
 
Suddenly, Day fell over to his left, attempting to brace his fall with his hands. His head bounced off the hard ground and Day lay nearly motionless for several minutes.
 
"I was walking with him, the next thing I know, I turned around and I think he got dizzy and slipped and fell," said Jordan Spieth, his playing partner. "So at that point, how can we help him out and kind of clear the scene and try to keep the cameras off."
 
Day remained flat on his back while medical staff tended to him. He finally got up with their help, still a bit shaky on his feet, and chose to finish off his round. 
 
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The popular Australian climbed gingerly into the greenside bunker, where his hands were visibly shaking. Day then splashed out of the sand as the gallery cheered, two-putting for bogey to finish at 2 under, at the time three shots off the lead.
 
"He seemed chirpy, buoyant all day," said Day's other playing partner, Justin Rose. "That was out of the blue, for sure."
Day was helped onto a cart and driven to the scorer's tent to make his round official, then helped into a waiting van. Day is staying on the property in a large motorhome.
 
"Jason was diagnosed to have suffered from Benign Positional Vertigo," his agent, Bud Martin, said in a statement. "He was treated locally by Dr. Robert Stoecker and Dr. Charles Souliere and is resting comfortably. His condition is being monitored closely and he is hopeful he will be able to compete this weekend in the final rounds of the U.S. Open."
 
Day's caddie, Colin Swatton, said that it was similar to an episode that Day had at last year's World Golf Championship event at Firestone in Ohio. Day had completed two holes on Sunday when he had to withdraw because of dizziness. 
 
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Day, who won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year, went through a procedure that was supposed to help with the vertigo, but issues with his equilibrium have continued. Day was forced to withdraw from the Byron Nelson last month after getting dizzy during the pro-am.
 
"I know he didn't play in Dallas this year because of vertigo," said Tiger Woods, who was playing in the group just behind Day on Friday. "I played with him at the Memorial and talked to him in depth, they did a blood panel and all of that stuff. I hope he's OK."
 
Day is the second player to be hospitalized during the U.S. Open.
 
Gary Woodland was taken to Tacoma General Hospital after he shot 4-over 74 in the opening round Thursday. Woodland was treated with IV fluids and diagnosed with dehydration and a virus, but returned to the course and played his second round Friday.
 
Fortunately for Day, he was on the final hole when he collapsed, allowing medical staff to reach him quickly. Chambers Bay is blanketed by massive dunes and rugged terrain, and with the huge galleries it is difficult to get around.
 
"I was glad we could get done," Rose said. "At least he has a chance to recover for tomorrow, hopefully. I don't know if this is one of those things that is 10 minutes or a day."
 
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June 19, 2015 - 2:39pm
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Jason Day
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Jason Day tosses his club in the air after holing out for a birdie on the first hole Friday.

Jason Day's third shot from short range on the par-5 first hole at Chambers Bay -- his 10th hole in the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday -- sailed through the green and rolled roughly 30 yards off.

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The mics caught Day's reaction, which was, "That was a joke."

His fourth shot, however? That was no joke.

Check it out:

 

That's one way to make a birdie. Day followed that birdie with another birdie on the par-4 11th and was in a tie for eighth at the time of this post. 

June 19, 2015 - 12:39pm
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Darren Clarke
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Solid shots -- and putts -- aren't always rewarded at Chambers Bay, as Darren Clarke is learning.

The greens at Chambers Bay this week have been a serious point of contention amongst players. Ernie Els called them, "the worst," he's played on in his career. Sergio Garcia said via his Twitter account that they're, "just as bad as the look on TV."

Not exactly ringing endorsements.

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We've seen plenty of examples already of well-struck putts that seem to have a mind of their own.

Like this one from Darren Clarke. How did that not drop in the hole?

Fast, bumpy greens just aren't a good combination.

The players who will succeed this week are the ones who will recognize they're going to have bad breaks like everyone else and just keep the tough holes at a manageable number.