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Sunday, June 21, 2015

An Amazing Day

"Benign positional vertigo" has suddenly become a well-known problem because of golf. Jason Day fell during the second round when hit by one of the occasional bouts of dizziness that have hounded him over the last year.

Saturday he played through it and positioned himself for a possible win at Chambers Bay today.

Jason Day during Round 3

The crowds at the US Open are cheering just as hard for Jason as they are for Jordan Spieth, and they're hoping they'll get to cheer for him again today. As I'm writing this, we have no idea if he'll be well enough to finish the week. Nausea and dizziness make it difficult to walk Chambers Bay, let alone play competitive golf there!

But while Jason moved into the lead and some other favorites -- like Phil Mickelson -- probably played themselves out of contention, even more players got right back into the game Saturday. The most notable was Louis Oosthuizen, who came back from a 77 on Thursday with back-to-back 66s. He's now only 3 shots off the lead and, with the lead falling back, could find himself with another major if he can somehow post a third 66.

Here's where we are going into today's final round:

Tied for first place at -4:
  • Jason Da
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Brenden Grace
Tied for fifth place at -1:
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Cameron Smith
  • Shane Lowry
  • JB Holmes
Tied for ninth place at +1:
  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Andres Romero
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Tony Finau
  • Joost Luiten
  • Patrick Reed
Tied for fiftenth place at +2:
  • Charl Schwartzel
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Alexander Levy
  • Kevin Kisner
Think about this for a moment: Patrick Reed shot +6 on Saturday but if he could manage a 66 (-4) today, he could conceivably at least make a playoff at -3. And depending on how much the leaders come back today, even more players from farther back might still have a chance.

This final round is full of stories just waiting to happen... and at least one of them has put himself in position to do something monumental. A truly amazing Day may be ahead of us.

FOX starts the broadcast on their regular broadcast channel (not FOX Sports 1) at 2pm ET today.

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