Matthew Wolff will enter Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open Championship with a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau.
The Oklahoma State product finished his third day at Winged Foot Golf Club with just one bogey against six birdies, highlighted by a final-hole gain to reach 5-under par.
Afterwards, Wolff cited his putting prowess for his good fortunes on Saturday.
“I think my putting was by far the best it’s felt in the last two or three months. I feel like I’m really hitting the ball well. My irons were really good, and even though I only hit two fairways, my driver was — it was just barely off, but that’s the U.S. Open,” said Wolff, who finished 4th at the PGA Championship.
“I feel like even though I missed the fairway, there was a lot of times I was in that graduated rough that’s a little shorter, and I feel like yesterday the difference was I was in the really long stuff.
“Like I said, I felt really good with all parts of my game, and I’m just excited to be where I’m at and look forward to tomorrow.
Law overcame two front-nine bogeys with six birdies, including a final-hole gain, to join Hataoka in Sunday’s final pairing.”
DeChambeau, meanwhile, shot even-par 70 to keep afloat at 3-under par, good for solo second-place.
“Well, the round today was a huge battle. I was proud of the way I persevered out there today. It was difficult. Especially when you’re not hitting it straight in the fairway,” said DeChambeau. “For me it felt like I kept myself in it, scrambled really well.
“Got to do that tomorrow, but I also have to hit some more fairways. I know that. I’m going to work on that tonight and make sure I’m doing that tomorrow.”
Louis Oosthuizen was alone in third place – just four off the pace, at 1-under par, following a third-day 68 which included four birdies.
“Yeah, any under-par round at a U.S. Open you’ll take. I think we got very lucky with the draw today,” said Oosthuizen.
“Waking up this morning, watching a bit of golf, you could see it was really cold, windy, and definitely died down for us. The sun came out a little bit. Definitely lucky on the draw today.”
The trio of Hideki Matsuyama (70), Xander Schauffele (70), and Harris English (72) were T4 on even-par 210.
2020 U.S. Open
Leaderboard: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Matthew Wolff -5 (-5)
2. Bryson DeChambeau -3 (E)
3. Louis Oosthuizen -1 (-2)
4. Hideki Matsuyama E (E)
4. Xander Schauffele E (E)
4. Harris English E (+2)
2:03 pm – English (E), Schauffele (E)
2:14 pm – Matsuyama (E), Oosthuizen (-1)
2:25 pm – DeChambeau (-3), Wolff (-5)