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BETHESDA, Md. – You almost had to rub your eyes looking at the U.S. Open leaderboards Saturday as you made your way around Congressional Country Club.

All those red numbers, all those low scores and all those smiles on players leaving the scoring area, what in the name of P.J. Boatwright’s going on this week?

“It’s not a true U.S. Open test out there, to be honest with you,” defending champion Graeme McDowell said.

Rory McIlroy isn’t the only player going low this year.

Some scores from the third round: Lee Westwood, 65; Jason Day, 65; Fredrik Jacobson, 66; Webb Simpson, 66.

McDowell said the weather’s a huge factor, with soft greens allowing players to attack flagsticks.

“I've been a little disappointed with the golf course the last couple of days,” McDowell said. “It wasn't as firm and fast as I would like to have seen it.  The storms on Thursday night really softened the place . . . There were some tough pins out there, no doubt.  I'd like to see it tougher than it was.  That's the weather; you can't control that.'