U.S. Open 2016: 5 Things We Learned Saturday at Oakmont

June 19, 2016

1. Dustin Johnson is close (again) to winning his first major. Can he break his Sunday curse? DJ put together a spectacular Round 1 and 2, shooting a bogey-free 67 and a 69 respectively. Things started to crumble, just slightly, on Saturday, with two bogeys and a double through his first 13 holes in the third round. Johnson has been here before. He’s currently T3 with Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia. Will he let another one slip away?

2. Andrew Landry has serious staying power—and a new sponsor. When Landry raced to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday, almost no one expected him to stay there. But the steely 5’7″ Texan has defied all expectations and remains in second place, just two shots behind Shane Lowry. He also picked up a new sponsor for the weekend—Austin-based Moonshine Sweet Tea.

3. Jason Day is the real deal. Day made big moves on moving day, charging up the leaderboard to T8 after turning in a stunning, focused Round 3 score of 66. Wife Ellie Day, with some help from the Twitterverse, cheered him on.

4. Phil Mickelson will have to wait another year to complete his career Grand Slam. Mickelson missed the cut on Saturday after shooting seven over in the first two rounds. That score included 10 bogeys and only three birdies. When we polled our Top 100 teachers last week about Phil, a whopping 93 percent of them believed that this Open was Lefty’s last chance to grab the title he wants most.

5. Oakmont showed its fangs. Many notable players missed the cut at grueling Oakmont on Saturday, including Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson. Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson didn’t show up for his tee time at all this morning.