And then there was one.
After Day Three of the US Open, only Retief Goosen remains under par, at -3.
Unknowns Olin Browne and Jason Gore are tied for second at even par. Michael Campbell and Mark Hensby are next, at plus 1.
David Toms got back to +2 with a 70.
Peter Hedblom, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and K.J. Choi all are at +3.
Then there’s the surprise of the day: 51 year old Peter Jacobsen, a player on both the PGA and Senior Tours shot a 69 to get himself to +4, and a tie for 11th. His spectacular round included a hole in one on the 175-yard ninth hole.
Score one for the old guys. As one of the old guys, I’m rooting for him.
But back to Goosen. If he wins—and it certainly looks as though he will, he would join Curtis Strange as the only back to back winner in 50 years. He also would join an elite group of just five other players with three or more US Open titles (Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin).
But the course will have the final say.