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New Jersey native Chris Gotterup struggles in US Open third round

BROOKLINE, Mass. –Chris Gotterup, the 22-year-old New Jersey native who made the cut Friday at the US Open, his first career major championship, struggled to keep his momentum going in the third round on Saturday.

Gotterup — who grew up in Little Silver, golfed as a youth at Rumson Country Club, then played four years at Rutgers and a year at Oklahoma — shot a 5-of-75 on Saturday and is tied for 49th. He entered the day having played his previous 30 holes in less than 3 years.

One hole Gotterup has had trouble with all week is the 503-yard par-4 15th hole, on which he took a four-putt double bogey on Thursday, a Friday bogey and a Saturday bogey.

After the second-round bogey, he said he was going to “take care” of 15 on Saturday. Now he will have to wait for the final round.

This is Gotterup’s third professional tournament. He tied for seventh at the Puerto Rico Open, then turned pro and missed the cut last week at the RBC Canadian Open. He is due to play in the Travelers Championship next week and the John Deere next month.

Chris Gotterup hit a tee shot on the sixth hole in the third round of the US Open.
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Weather conditions are tougher on Saturday, with cooler temperatures and more wind, and Denny McCarthy led the way with his early tee time and posted a 2-under 68 and is now tied for 11th at 1-over .

“I think I passed out, I don’t even remember anything,” McCarthy joked. “No, I played really solid golf. I played really well [Friday] and fired even by. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I felt like I could have shot between 2 and 5 cents [Friday]and I fired even.

“[That] kind of lit a little fire under me. I went out with the mindset today that I will try to play well and shoot a number that gets me back into the tournament. And, I like to play in tough conditions, so it was a great day for that type of opportunity for me to go out and shoot some decent numbers and watch the guys in the afternoon have to play here.”

McCarthy said he left for the Red Sox game Saturday night at Fenway Park to take his mind off golf until Sunday’s final round.

One of the cool stories under the leaderboard radar this week was Hayden Buckley, who started the third round at 4 under, a shot off the lead. Buckley entered the week having missed the cut in six of his previous seven starts. He shot a 75 in the third round to drop to 1 and tie for 11th.

Buckley met his caddie, Brian Mahoney, through an acquaintance days before his first Korn Ferry Tour victory, at the LECOM Suncoast Classic last year, where he was the 10th alternate.

He earned that victory with a birdie on the first hole of the playoffs and it was only his 17th career start. Eventually, Buckley finished seventh on the Korn Ferry Tour overall points list for the Finals and earned him his PGA Tour card.

Buckley recalled something Mahoney told him after the second round of that victory.

“Look, no matter what happens in the rest of the tournament, I’m coming with you because I believe in you; you’re going to be on the PGA Tour,” Buckley Mahoney recalled telling him. “I had six caddies before him, but I hope he will be my caddie for life.”

The two became close enough that Mahoney was asked to be groomsman at Buckley’s wedding later that year.

Hayden Buckley hits a shot on the 15th hole during the third round of the US Open.
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Buckley entered the second round with scar tissue from the previous US Open, at Torrey Pines, where he shot 2 under in the first round and was two shots off the lead and missed the cut.

“I think I missed almost every fairway in that second round and just couldn’t play,” he recalled.

This is the third time that Collin Morikawa has opened a major championship with two sets under par. His results after the first two: he won the 2020 PGA Championship and he won the 2021 British Open.

But his third round at the US Open was a different story for Morikawa as the second-round leader shot a 77 to fall to 2-over.

Since the Official World Golf Rankings began in 1986, only three times has a No. 1-ranked player entering the US Open won it. Tiger Woods in 2000, Woods in 2002 and Woods in 2008.

Scottie Scheffler, the current world No. 1 and defending Masters champion, enters the final round at 2 under par, two strokes off the lead.

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