There were questions about whether or not
The 27-year-old Australian collapsed Friday on the ninth hole because of an attack of vertigo. He finished the round, and 36 holes into the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, he sat at two-under with a chance to win his first major.
On Saturday, Day collected six birdies, five on the back nine, to climb up the leaderboard and join
Day's caddie, Colin Swatton, said his comeback on Saturday was "a superhuman effort."
"Greatest round of golf I've ever watched," Swatton said according to the Associated Press.
Spieth, who won his first major two months ago, began the day as the overall leader but he struggled to maintain that position with his worst round of the championship, a one-over 71 thanks to five bogeys.
Johnson kept his cool through the third round, finishing even at 70, even with a double-bogey on the 13th hole. Grace avoided any major mistakes, shooting even par and as the leaders' scores came down.
After his drive ran off the green and into right greenside bunker. From 26 yards out, Holmes chipped the ball up past the hole, after rolling to the peak of the incline it came back down and dropped in the hole for an eagle. Holmes finished one-over 71 on Saturday and is tied for fifth at one-under.
Day, who was brought to the ground by a vertigo attack, has collected four birdies on the back nine and is now tied for second with Branden Grace and Jordan Spieth at three-under for the championship.
Spieth has five bogeys in the third round, which is one more than he had through the first two combined.
Now, it's Johnson's turn. He's one-under through 11 holes, five-under overall, and has a chance for his best finish ever at the U.S. Open. He finished tied for fourth last year at Pinehurst.
But every hole is a rollercoaster at Chambers Bay.
Johnson was briefly alone at the top spot before he scored a bogey on the eleventh hole, dropping him into a tie with Grace. Those two are followed by Spieth (four-under) and Shane Lowry (two-under) at third and fourth overall.
All four are perfectly capable of scoring a few more birdies through their last holes. But they could also put up some bogey too. No lead is safe in University Place, Wash.
Meanwhile, at the
Not really, but nearby there appears to be a warehouse engulfed in flames, sending a thick cloud of black smoke into the sky near the site of the 115th U.S. Open.
On the course, which is unaffected, Brendan Grace is now the leader at Chambers Bay at six-under with Jordan Spieth and
Grace is two-under through eight holes after shooting two birdies in Saturday's round. He also had an eagle in both the first and second rounds.
Spieth followed his back-to-back birdies from earlier with back-to-back bogeys. A 16-foot birdie putt put him back in control, but he needed an extra shot on the seventh hole. Back and forth he goes.
Johnson maintained his position by saving par on No. 8 after an errant shot rolled off the course, down a hill. Each time it appeared to be coming to a stop it just kept going.
Eventually, he was granted a drop and was able to get the ball back onto the green and two-putt to par.
Jordan Spieth began pulling away from the field Saturday afternoon at Chambers Bay as soon as his third round began.
Spieth, who entered the weekend tied for first with
Reed didn't fare as well on No. 2.
He carded a double-bogey there after sending his tee shot into the rough on the left side of the fairway. He then found the frontside bunker on his next shot and after that, the rear one.
Reed is now three-under, tied for third with Joost Luiten of Netherlands (par through five holes) and
Brendan Grace of South Africa is also shooting par through four holes which leaves him at four-under, and in second place behind Spieth.
Louis Oosthuizen is trying to stage a comeback at the U.S. Open.
Oosthuizen was nine-over par through the first 20 holes of the tournament, which included a first-round 77. Since then, the 2010 British Open champion has been nine under. Through 12 holes Saturday, he sat five strokes behind the leaders.
He almost moved to under par for the tournament on the ninth when he nearly made a hole-in-one. His 226-yard shot rolled across the hole and bounced off the flag. He then needed two putts to bridge the gap from the nine-foot ricochet.
But he hit a setback on 530-yard, par-4 11th, misjudging a six-foot putt for his first bogey on the day. He made up for it by sinking a birdie on the 12th hole.
Rory McIlroy's smooth start to the round hit turbulence on the 10th and 11th holes.
McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world, settled for par on 10 after missing a seemingly straightforward four-foot putt. He then bogeyed the par-5 11th after needing three putts to bridge the 46-foot gap from his approach shot. He stands at one under through 12 holes and three over for the tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a first-round 77 playing alongside Tiger Woods and
Of course, not everyone is finding cause for optimism on Chambers Bay's crispy links and greens.
"It's like playing [the] NBA Finals on a court with holes and slopes and no backboards," Garcia told Fox Sports.
Phil Mickelson is at four over on the day through seven holes and
Former U.S. Open champion
Jordan Spieth's dominant win at the
Through 36 holes at the
Spieth shares the lead with
Still, it won't be easy for Spieth to maintain his quest to win the second leg of golf's single-season Grand Slam.
Reed has put together two strong rounds, posting a 66 on Thursday and 69 on Friday to stay at the front. Just behind them are Branden Grace (-4) and
Other notables include
The third round of the U.S. Open started at 8:03 a.m. PDT. The leaders won't take the course until 2:50 p.m.