US Open 2009: Round 3 Complete

After a rain delay, the players took the course again to finish the third round of the 2009 US Open. Once again, Bethpage Black was in rough shape. Three days of rain have made the course extremely soggy, and players like Tiger Woods struggled to move the ball in the swampy rough.

Though the remaining players will begin the fourth round today, the leaders will almost certainly finish few holes in the evening.

The highlights:

*Ricky Barnes shoots an even par 70 to end the day with a one stroke lead over Lucas Glover. Though a 70 under US Open pressure is nothing to laugh about, Barnes, at one point, was -4 on his round. Are the wheels falling off? We'll see. At the very least, the other contenders should be optimistic about the possibility of Barnes coming back to the field.

*Lucas Glover is one stroke behind Barnes, but he is four strokes behind the other leaders. Glover hasn't won since the FUNAI Disney Classic in 2005. Glover will have to continue to hit fairways if he wants to hold on and eventually beat out the leader.

*David Duval is back. He is tied for third place at -3 for three rounds with Ross Fisher. A Duval surge on Sunday/Monday would be unbelievable. This US Open is calling for a Cinderella story, and a Duval win would provide the biggest of them all. He has to make up some ground. Another even par round will almost certainly not do with the other leaders so far ahead.

*Phil Mickelson is playing solid golf. He is tied for fifth at -2 right now. His final birdie came after a monster putt on the 18th. He has the momentum, and he is a fan favorite with the New York crowd. There's no doubt, however, that Lefty needs a stellar round to scale the leaderboard.

*Tiger Woods played one of the strongest rounds of today by shooting a -2 score of 68. He still has a mountain to climb if he wants to spar with the leaders on Monday. He is at +1 for 54 holes, which places Tiger nine strokes behind Barnes. If any player could make up that type of deficit, it probably would be Tiger. Nevertheless, it is hard to believe that it could be in the cards given his struggles with his short game this week.

Hang onto your hats, folks. We are in for a crazy one.

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