Rickie Fowler's charge into contention Saturday at the U.S. Open included five birdies as part of a sparkling 67 that has him in a tie for second with Erik Compton, five shots behind leader Martin Kaymer.
Fowler's final birdie, at the 186-yard par 3 17th, required both a tactical plan and a flair for the dramatic.
Fowler took note on the tee when playing partner Steve Stricker hit a 6-iron downwind, a shot that landed a touch long without enough spin to hold the green. So, with the pin in the back right corner, Fowler opted to hit a cut on a 7-iron.
"I probably hit about a 10- or 15-yard...