You Oughta Know: Storylines abound as Rd. 4 looms


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – With 18 holes left in the U.S. Open, the trophy remains very much up for grabs. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Chambers Bay, where four players share the lead:

Jordan Spieth shares the lead at 4 under, and he is looking for his second straight major title. He would become the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, and the first to do so since Tiger Woods in 2002.

• At age 21, Spieth would become the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923, and would become the youngest two-time major champ since Gene Sarazen in 1922.

• After a wire-to-wire victory at Augusta National, Spieth has now played seven rounds in major championships this year and held at least a share of the lead after six of them.

Jason Day has a spot in the final group despite battling benign positional vertigo this week. He shot 68 in the third round and was the only player among the final eight groups to break par.

• Day is in search of his first major title and fourth top-5 finish at this event in the last five years, having finished second in 2011, T-2 in 2013 and T-4 last year.

Dustin Johnson shares the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open for the second time. He also led in 2010 at Pebble Beach before a final-round 82 dropped him into a tie for eighth.

• Johnson and Day have each made 15 birdies this week, tied for the most among the field.

Branden Grace is the least-known of the four co-leaders, but he has a strong record of closing. He has held at least a share of the lead six times on the European Tour and has converted each opportunity into a victory.

• Grace’s best prior finish at a major came at the 2013 Masters, where he finished T-18. The 27-year-old South African has already won twice this year on the European Tour.

• This is the second time in U.S. Open history that four players share the 54-hole lead. The only other instance was in 1973, when Johnny Miller overtook a quartet of co-leaders that included Arnold Palmer and Julius Boros at Oakmont.

• Three shots separate the co-leaders from the rest of the field, and the winner appears likely to come from the top. Each of the last five majors have been won by players holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead, dating back to Bubba Watson’s triumph at the 2014 Masters.

Louis Oosthuizen is tied for fifth at 1 under despite opening with a 77. His 8-under 132 total across the last two rounds (66-66) is a U.S. Open record, and he will look to become the first to win this event despite shooting a 77 since Sam Parks in 1935.

• A tie after 72 holes will necessitate an 18-hole aggregate playoff on Monday. The last U.S. Open playoff came in 2008, when Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines.