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Live blog: 2015 US Open Third Round

FOLLOW all the action from the third round at Chambers Bay LIVE with Golf Link's 2015 US Open coverage presented by Titleist.

FOLLOW all the action from Chambers Bay LIVE with Golf Link's 2015 US Open coverage presented by Titleist.

12:45 - DAY THREE IN THE BAG

The field is finished for the day at Chambers Bay wth two Australians in the top five and plenty to look forward to in tomorrow's final round.

Join us for all the action here at Golf Link where we'll be live blogging from the early hours.

12:28 - WATCH: JASON DAY ON VERTIGO

After a remarkable round of 2-under 68 despite suffering vertigo Jason Day talked about his final round with reporters.

11:58 - HOLMES MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT

Big hitting J.B Holmes made use of his power at the 370 yard (340 metre) par-4 16th to great effect.

After driving the green the Kentucky native played the perfect shot from a greenside bunker to post an eagle two...

11:21 - DAY JOINs LEAD

Jason Day made birdie at the final hole at Chambers Bay to join Dustin Johnson in the lead of the US Open.

Day shot a 2-under 68 to be 4-under for the week, fellow Australian Cam Smith is T5 after a 1-under 69.

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11:08 - DAY JUST ONE BEHIND

Jaosn Day has holed a long birdie put on the par-3 17th to get 1-under for the day and 3-under for the tournament, one behind leader Dustin Johnson and T2.

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10:56 - SMITH SHOOTS 69 SITS T5

Cameron Smith has made a par at the last to shoot a 1-under 69 for the day and sit T5, five behind leader Dustin Johnson at Chambers Bay.

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10:40 - DAY now just THREE BEHIND

Jason Day has birdied the 15th hole to get back to even par for the day and 2-under for the tournament.

Day is T4, three behind leaders Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace despite strugling with vertigo all day.

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10:36 - SMITH ROLLS INTO TOP FIVE

Cameron Smith has birdied the par-3 17th to move to 1-under for the tournament and be T5 alongside Jason Day.

Smith is showing incrdible nerve in his first major to be just four shots from the lead at a difficult Chambers Bay course.

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10:01 - REED DIDN'T START THE FIRE

A nearby warehouse fire at Chambers Bay has sent a plume of black smoke billowing towards golf course.

There were rumours the smoke was coming from the 2nd and 3rd greens after Jordan Spieth's earlier exploits.

We can confirm fellow American Patrick Reed isn't to blame, he is 4-over through 7 holes and has dropped back to 1-under.

Fire Chambers Bay

9:54 - SMITH INTO TOP 10

Cameron Smith has birdied the 14th hole to get to even par for the week and into the top 10. The 21-year-old has been EXTREMELY impressive this week.

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9:47 - DJ TAKES NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF

On the long par-5 8th hole, Dustin Johnson's approach never hit the green but trickled down a maintenance road before coming to rest and the American was allowed a drop.

He called on the referee to determine his nearest point of relief, one of the most misunderstood rules in the game.

Read about Nearest Point of Relief in our recent rules blogBarry Rhodes

9:40 - MARTIN'S FRONT NINE FROM HELL

American Ben Martin hit 4-under after a birdie on his opening hole, just one shot back from the overnight leaders.

Unfortunately from him, things got far worse from there.

Three double bogeys, a bogey and the crowning jewel quadruple bogey on the 8th hole later, Martin's US Open is over.

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9:28 - DAY BACK IN BUSINESS

Jason Day is back under par after making a birdie at the par-4 10th. Birdies have been hard to come by today and anything under par at the end of the round will be in with a genuine chance of taking the title.

Day is now 1-under for the tournament which is currently T7.

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 9:24 - louis loosens up

After a first round 77 that featured five bogeys and two double bogeys, 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen has fired the round of the day at the US Open to be back in the hunt.

Today's round of 66 matched his effort from Friday when he also shot 66. Had a few very makeable putts dropped today, the South African's round could have been anything.

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9:18 - LOWRY ON THE CHARGE

An Irishman has hit the top five but it's not the one everyone expected. Shane Lowry has birdied the 10th hole to get to 3-under, just two behind joint leaders Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace.

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9:15 - LOOP DE LOOP

Dustin Johnson's putt for par on the 4th hole, the hardest hole of the day with not one birdie recorded, had the American frozen stiff.

After a brief lap of honour, DJ's ball almost turns the corner and heads back towards the hole.

8:40 - IF ONLY FRANCESCO COULD PUTT LIKE SPIETH

Italian Francesco Molinari is currently the most accurate player off the tee on the PGA Tour. Today at Chambers Bay he is 4-over for the day but it's his play on the greens that has been letting him down:

Molinari Stats

7:45 - US OPEN WINNING SWING?

He's one of the longest hitters in the game with the most unusal hand action of any golfer in this week's field.

Claude Harmon posted this video of Dustin Johnson warming up on then range this morning. Pretty impressive stuff, Johnson is now on course in the second last group of the day.

 

7:40 - EAT YOUR GREENS

Rory McIlroy missed a number of putts in his third round at the US Open which will most likely keep him out of contention on Sunday afternoon at Chambers Bay.

When asked after his round about the condition of the green, in relation to Henrik Stenson's comparison yesterday about the greens being like broccoli, McIlroy continued the vegetable-related banter.

7:26 - senden's 70

Queenslander John Senden parred the last hole of his third round to settle for an even-par round of 70 on Saturday at Chambers Bay. He stays at 4-over.

Senden's back nine was solid, when a bogey on 15 followed five straight pars, but the World Number 60 bounced back immediately with a birdie and two pars.

Expect his score to look better by the end of the day as the field drops back.

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7:14 - MCILROY TREADS WATER IN ROUND THREE

Rory McIlroy posts a third round 70 to remain 4-over for the tournament at Chambers Bay. 

The World Number One hit the ball well but made almost nothing on the difficult greens to sit T30 as the leaders are about to tee off.

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6:53 - DAY GINGER ON THE RANGE

After yesterday’s bizarre and frightening collapse on the 9th fairway, Aussie Jason Day has been on the range this morning in an attempt to get out on course for his third round.

Those watching on eagerly to see if the World Number 10 would make it to the first tee were not full of praise for the way Day was looking.

6:49 - HORSCHEL A HAIR AWAY FROM A HOLE IN ONE

The always colourful Billy Horschel was millimetres away from holing his tee shot on the par-3 3rd hole. 

We're not sure whether it would have made much of a difference as he is 9-over for the tournament through 14 holes in the third round:

6:35 - OOSTHUIZEN MAKING HEADWAY

South African Louis Oosthuizen is proving there are scores to be had at Chambers Bay on day three of the US Open.

The 2010 Open champion is 3-under through eight holes and even par for the tournament after ripping round the course in 4-under 66 yesterday.

An opening 77 may prove too much to overcome for Oosthuizen but his hot streak will give plenty hope on moving day.

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Photo: Copyright USGA/John Mummert

6:18 - AUSSIES ALREADY ON COURSE

Four Australiansa are already on the course at Chambers Bay for the third round of the US Open. 

Geoff Ogilvy is -1 thru 1 (E total), Adam Scott is E thru 3 (+1 total), John Senden E thru 13 (+4 total) and Marcus Fraser +2 thru 4 (+4 total).

Cameron Smith tees off in five minutes and Jason Day in a little more than half an hour.

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