Experts champion Jordan Spieth bogeyed the opening hole to slip out of a four way tie for the U.S. Open lead on Sunday while Rory McIlroy was mounting an exciting charge in the last round.

Spieth, going for an uncommon double in the year’s initial two majors, hit a wonderful second shot from left row to 17 feet at the par four first at Chambers Bay yet three-putted to drop back to three under.

Enormous hitting American Dustin Johnson, South African Branden Grace and Australian Jason Day, joint pioneers with Spieth overnight, each parred the first and second hole to stay tied at the top at four under.


World number one Rory McIlroy, in the mean time, was only two strokes off the pace in the wake of racking up six birdies in his initial 13 hole to get to two under for the competition after splendid daylight and a lot of scoring open doors had welcomed the early starters.

The Northern Irishman, looking for his fifth significant title, consumed a twisting 70 footer at the par four13th to start loud thunders from the grandstands as he closed in on the leaders.

Low scoring was copious for the early starters on a par 70 format made more responsive by overnight watering and set up at its most brief yardage of the week.

The connections style venue turned into the longest course to stage a U.S. Open when set up at 7,695 yards for the second round, however was reduce to 7,384 yards for the last round.

Among the early finishers, South African Thomas Aiken climbed with a four-under 66 for a four-over sum of 284.

“It was an incredible day,” Aiken, a three-times victor on the European Tour, told columnists. “It appeared like they put a great deal of water on the fairway the previous evening to attempt to relax it so there are birdies out there.”

Most eyes at Chambers Bay were centered around the upper ranges of the leader board where Spieth is offering to end up only the 6th player to slip into a green coat and raise the U.S. Open trophy around the same time.

Spieth carded an one over 71 in intense scoring conditions on Saturday to end the third round joint top at four-under 206, level with Johnson (70), Grace (70) and Day, who conveyed one of the grittiest shows ever seen at a major to card a 68.

Day had sent a shiver through the competition on Friday when he crumple because of vertigo before he completed the second round, however hung strong as he struggled his way into dispute for a first significant title.

Johnson, a nine times winner on the PGA Tour, and Grace, who has triumphed six times on the European Tour, are likewise looking for their first triumphs in a major.

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