WNCN will update the action from Pinehurst throughout the tournament. Here is our live blog from Saturday’s play. And remember, NBC is carrying the event on WNCN. Local Webb Simpson had a rough day, finished 6-over for the tournament at the end of his round.
Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton are tied for second at 3-under. Our live blog will be back again tomorrow for the final round of the U.S. Open. Check WNCN.com for updates on tee times and Kaymer's thoughts on his round.
BIRDIE FINISH FOR KAYMER: Martin Kaymer grabs a birdie on 18, finishes at 8-under for the tournament and has a five shot lead going into Sunday.
BRENDON TODD IN CLUBHOUSE: Todd finishes with a par at 18, sits at 5-over. Nine shots over on the day.
Both Kaymer and Todd land on the green, opportunity for birdies.
BRANDT SNEDEKER: Snededer finishes 1-under par, six shots off Kaymer's current score.
KEVIN NA IN CLUBHOUSE: After getting as far as 4-under, Na will finish his round at even par.
Kaymer and Todd are walking down the fairway at 18. Both are in good positions.
An interesting fact, there are going to be only two sub-par rounds today. That's the fewest at the U.S. Open since 2007.
Kaymer and Todd both par hole No. 17.
Kaymer is getting a bit of a relief. His ball was near a sprinkler head, so he's able to drop it.
Snedeker and Na both par hole No. 17.
DUSTIN JOHNSON IN CLUBHOUSE: DJ ends with a par on 18, finishes at 2-under.
BROOKS KOEPKA IN CLUBHOUSE: Koepka hits a birdie on 18 to finish at even par.
Dustin Johnson lining up for a long birdie put... and it breaks hard and rolls past the hole.
Only three groups left on the course now. Everyone is finishing up, making one last push at Kaymer before Sunday.
KEEGAN BRADLEY IN CLUBHOUSE: Bradley finishes the day at 4-over par.
DE JONGE IN CLUBHOUSE: De Jonge finishes at 1-over on the day.
Kevin Na continues to fall, picks up another double bogey on hole No. 16. Now sitting at even par.
TODD UPDATE: Local Brendon Todd picks up two straight bogeys on 14 and 15, now 5-over par for the championship. He started today at 4-under.
STENSON IN CLUBHOUSE: On 18, Stenson misses a par putt, and finishes up at 2-under.
KAYMER PICKS UP A BOGEY: And just like that, Kaymer misses his par putt, and drops 7-under.
DJ drops to 2-under after a missed par putt.
Dustin Johnson is going to have a tough par putt coming up on hole No. 16.
RORY MCILORY IN CLUBHOUSE: McIlroy finishes his round Saturday at 3-over par.
Dustin Johnson goes from bunker to bunker on hole No. 16.
Na nearly chips in for birdie, but comes up just short on 15.
Kaymer nearly had a birdie, but the ball decided to stop. Right. Over. The. Hole. A third of the ball was over the hole, but it would not go in. Taps it in for par.
Stenson pars hole No. 17 to stay at 3-under par.
So now four players are tied at second place with 3-under par. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are the two still playing... as Kaymer hits a great shot and now has a birdie opportunity.
DOUBLE BOGEY FOR NA: Hole No. 14 was not kind to Kevin Na, a few bad chip shots around the green and Na drops to 2-under.
CAN NA TAKE ADVANTAGE?: It doesn't look like it, chips a shot over the green, then proceeds to whiff and his ball doesn't even get on the green. Not looking good for Na.
KAYMER BOGEYS: Kaymer picks up his first bogey on the back nine this week, now sits at 8-under.
Stenson just misses another birdie, still sitting at 3-under.
KAYMER IN TROUBLE: Martin Kaymer in a tough spot on the green on 13, and now he's got a long putt for par.
BRENDON TODD UPDATE: Todd adds another bogey on hole No. 12. The Green Hope product is at 3-over.
Uh oh, Kevin Na hits it a little long on hole No. 14. His ball rolls off the green and he's got a much tougher shot.
COMPTON IN CLUBHOUSE: Compton missed a birdie opportunity on 18, but finishes the day at 3-under, tied for third.
Dustin Johnson grabs a birdie at 14, now sits in a tie for third at 3-under.
Kevin Na misses his birdie putt on 13. It came THIS close to going in, but popped out! Na still holds second on his own at 4-under and five shots off the lead.
Martin Kaymer picks up another par, really holding that 9-under.
Dustin Johnson with a solid approach, could have an opportunity for birdie coming up on hole No. 14.
Kevin Na has a good approach shot on hole No. 13 and now has an opportunity to cut Kaymer's lead to 4 shots.
Stenson misses a birdie putt long on 15. The par putt might be a little tricky.
Kaymer pulls out some magic yet again, landing on the green from a very tough spot. WOW!
Golfers all over the back nine are just barely missing putts, the greens are making them work. Not a lot of movement going on because of it.
Kaymer's tee shot on hole No. 12 goes off to the left, he's in the wicked stuff on the side.
An update on local Brendon Todd. He continues to fall, picking up a bogey on hole No. 11. He now is 2-over for the championship.
A couple of players are starting to go backward. Bredon de Jonge has his second bogey in a row, now at 2-under. Compton also has a bogey, now at 3-under.
Kaymer with a birdie putt on 11 and... it's no good, put an easy putt for par.
Another close birdie putt for Rickie Fowler, and it just trickles off. Fowler will end his day at 3-under, currently six shots back.
Rickie Fowler in a interesting position, might be able to pick up a birdie on hole No. 18.
Snedeker loses a little bit of momentum, picks up a bogey. Now at 2-under.
It's been said a few times now, but if Kaymer wasn't so dominate, Sunday would be shaping up to be dramatic and intense. Unless the pressure gets to him though, it doesn't look like Kaymer's lead is going anywhere.
Brendon de Jonge takes a step back, grabbing a bogey on hole No. 12. Now at 3-under.
Don't look now, but Rickie Fowler is moving up the leader board! Now sitting at 3-under.
Compton grabs a birdie! Now back at 4-under through 15 holes.
KAYMER: He just misses his birdie putt, taps in for par, stil at 9-under.
Erik Compton hits a good shot on hole No. 15, has a birdie opportunity to get back to 4-under.
KAYMER: It isn't a perfect shot, but Martin Kaymer does have a birdie opportunity on hole No. 10.
Snedeker is making a move, now sits at 3-under through 10 holes.
On the par 5 tenth hole, Kaymer lands on the green-side bunker. He's going to have a long bunker shot coming out, could get a birdie if he has a solid shot.
So now that the final group is making a turn, let's take a look at the leader board. Kaymer is dominating at 9-under. Next up is Na and De Jonge at 4-under each. Compton and Stenson are at 3-under. Four other golfers are at 2-under, and one more at 1-under. If Kaymer is able to hold on to this lead, it's going to be really tough to catch him on Sunday.
Na and De Jonge are really hanging in there. Looks like they'll be the ones to apply pressure to Kaymer for the rest of the championship. Speaking of Kaymer, he nails another tough par putt... again. He's looked so impressive.
Kaymer's first putt is not bad, but still a little bit to go for the par.
Compton hits a tough par putt, still sits at 3-under.
KAYMER: Lands on the par 3 nine green, but has a REALLY long putt coming up for birdie, could be a tough par.
Kevin Na with a long birdie putt at hole No. 9, and comes up just short. Kaymer hits the par putt on hole No. 8, still sits at 9-under.
De Jonge picks up a birdie, now at 4-under through 10 holes. And trouble could be brewing for Kaymer. He has a long par putt coming up.
Keegan Bradley may be struggling, but at least his shoes are fresh, right?
Charlotte native Brendon De Jonge misses an eagle putt, has a solid look for a birdie. That would bring him to 4-under with Na.
Kaymer's second shot on hole 8 is just shy of the green.
Henrik Stenson is sneaking up the leader board, now 3-under through ten.
Compton misses his par putt, picks up a bogey on hole No. 12.
Things just aren't working for Todd, he grabs a double bogey on hole No. 7. Now at 1-over on the day.
Kevin Na grabs a birdie on the eighth hole, now tied with Compton at 4-under. Compton may not be there for long though. He leaves a bunker shot a little short and has a long putt for par on hole No. 12.
Kaymer just barely misses his birdie putt, taps it in for a par.
Kevin Na hits a great second shot on hole No. 8, if he hits his birdie putt, he'll tie Compton at 4-under.
COMPTON NARROWING THE GAP: Erik Compton, who has had two heart transplants, hits a LONG putt, and now holds second place by himself at 4-under.
Even with the up and down play, Martin Kaymer still has a 6-shot lead.
TODD: Picks up another bogey, after his par putt lips around what seems like half of the hole.
Kaymer putts it onto the green, just comes up short, hits it in for a bogey.
For his birdie putt, Kaymer gives it too much, now off the green.
TODD: Brendon Todd left a lot after his birdie putt, now has a tricky shot for par.
Kevin Na has a solid shot on hole No. 7, has a birdie opportunity.
Both Kaymer and Todd land on the green at the par-3 sixth hole.
Erik Compton birdies hole No. 10, now joins Snedeker and Na at 3-under.
Kaymer hits the eagle on the fifth hole. WOW. He's back at 10-under. WOW. He's playing lights out.
Todd rights the ship, hits his birdie putt. Now sits at 2-under for the championship.
Brendon Todd's eagle putt comes up just short, solid distance for birdie.
No fairway? No problem! Martin Kaymer lands close to the hole on the par-5 fifth, he may just grab an eagle and jump back to 10-under par.
De Jonge, who is tied for second, misses a par putt on hole No. 7, now drops to 2-under.
Kevin Na, who is tied for second, just landed in the bunker on the par 3 hole No. 6. Snedeker, who is also tied for second, lands on the green.
So Todd is quickly falling apart. He's going to have to get things together if he wants to get back into contention.
Kaymer misses the fairway again on hole No. 5.
So with all the action, let's take a look at the standings. Kaymer is 2-over on the day, but still stands at 8-under, with a five shot lead. Three are tied at 3-under, three at 2-under. Brendon Todd has now bogeyed three straight holes and sits at 1-under.
Kevin Na misses an eagle putt on hole No. 5, but sinks the birdie and moves to 3-under for the championship.
Kaymer saves himself, only grabs a bogey. Being in the situation he was in, pulling out a bogey is HUGE for Kaymer. Now sits at 8-under.
Kaymer has a solid approach shot, but has a long putt for bogey. Also, Rickie Fowler had a long putt for birdie and sinked it. Now back at 2-under.
De Jonge misses his par putt, and Kaymer is IN TROUBLE. He has to take a drop shot, and then hits well short of the green. His next shot is for par.
An update on Kaymer, his ball is buried in sand and pine needles in a wooded area. Sounds like he won't be getting relief, so may be a rough situation for Kaymer.
Fun fact about Brendon De Jonge, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Another Brendon has grabbed second, Brendon De Jonge now sits at 4-under. Speaking of Brendon, Todd bogeys hole No. 3 after three putting it, now back at 2-under.
TODD: His long birdie putt is close, but misses, has a little left for par. Kaymer misses a birdie putt, settles for a par.
Kaymer hits an absolutely beautiful shot, has an opportunity for a birdie putt to increase his lead.
TODD: Brendon Todd's second shot lands him on the green on a dangerous third hole.
Rickie Fowler is still having the best day so far, 2-under on the day and championship through 8 holes.
Rory McIlroy is struggling, three straight bogeys, sits at 3-over.
Kaymer and Todd both tee off, both land on the fairway of hole No. 3.
Webb Simpson and Phil Mickelson have both finished, Simpson is at 6-over and Mickelson is at 5-over. Both are essentially out of the running for the tournament.
Kaymer bogeys hole No. 2, now at 9-under. Todd can't take advantage though, and bogeys the hole as well, now at 3-under.
TODD: YIKES! Todd goes for a long birdie putt and it flies straight off the green! Not a good spot for either of the leaders.
Kaymer could be in trouble, on the second hole he has a long putt for par.
Quick update on Simpson, two straight bogeys, he's back at 6-under.
Adam Scott misses a par putt, moves back to even for the tournament through six holes.
TODD: Lands on the green with his second shot, has a long putt for birdie. Kaymer is in a similar situation, just off of the green.
Snedeker hits a par putt to stay at 3-under, Kevin Na does not, now at 2-under. The group is through two holes.
Kaymer's tee shot on hole No. 2 roles into the brush on the side, could be a tricky second shot for him on the LONG par 4.
TODD: Makes his par putt, still at 4-under through one.
Matt Kuchar chips it in from a bunker for birdie, his second in a row! Now sits back at 1-under.
Kaymer just barely misses a birdie putt, after one hole he still sits at 10-under par.
Todd putts from his spot just off the green, has a decent look for a par putt
Second shot for Todd and Kaymer. Todd lands past the green, Kaymer on the fringe close to the hole.
Matt Kuchar comes back from a terrible start to grab a birdie on hole No. 3. Dustin Johnson misses a par putt, drops to 1-under.
Adam Scott just barely misses a putt for eagle, has a tap in for birdie though to move to 2-under.
Erik Compton hits an eagle on hole No. 5, moves to 1-under.
AND THEY'RE OFF:Todd lies right in the middle of the fairway on one. Martin Kaymer lands right next to him.
McIlroy gets his second bogey of the day, only four holes in. Now sits at 1-over for the championship.
Kaymer and Todd will tee off in just a couple of minutes now. Things are really tight behind Todd, who's sitting at 4-under, but unless Kaymer comes back to Earth, no one is going to be catching him.
SIMPSON: Webb hits the birdie on hole No. 15, moves to 4-over on the championship.
Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson came within feet of knocking in a hole-in-one on 15. Simpson is now in position to tap in an easy birdie.
Mickelson with a bogey on hole No. 14, now sits at 4-over for the tournament.
Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Na are teeing off now. Just a reminder, the final group, Todd and Kaymer, tee off at 3:25 p.m.
Stenson and Kuchar may not save par, but they both avoid a double bogey, dropping one shot each. Stenson sits at 2-under, Kuchar at 1-over.
Stenson and Kuchar on hole No. 2 both try a chip, both have the ball role right back to them, time to see if they can save par.
Rickie Fowler making a move! He's now sitting at 2-under for the day and tournament through just five holes.
SIMPSON: Webb with a birdie on hole No. 13, back to 5-over for the tournament.
Rory McIlroy had some great shots on hole No. 2, but still walks away with a bogey after three putting it. Now sits at even par.
Henrik Stenson hits a long birdie putt on hole No. 1 to bring is score to 3-under, now tied for third place.
Simpson still holding at 6-over par.
Fun fact, the last time someone lost a six shot lead at the U.S. Open was 94 years ago. 94 YEARS AGO. Things looking good for Kaymer.
Scott and Spieth pull out pars on hole No. 1. Just under one hour until leader Martin Kaymer and second place Green Hope product Brendon Todd tee off.
Spieth finds the green with his second shot on 1, Scott finds the bunker.
SIMPSON: Not a good look for Webb. He bogeys hole No. 10, moves back to 6-over par.
Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth are stepping up to the tee box right now, and the marquee groups are getting under way!
WOW, Rickie Fowler with a GREAT second shot on hole No. 3. He's got a foot-and-a-half putt for birdie and to get under par for the tournament.
India's Shiv Kapur is having the best round so far on the course, through 11 holes, he has four birdies.
Poulter, Matsuyama, and Fowler are all holding even through one hole, even for the tournament. They're still ten shots back... let that sink in...
SIMPSON AND MICKELSON AT THE TURN: Phil and Webb are half-way through their third round at Pinehurst No. 2, Phil is even on the day, 3-over for the tournament. Webb is 2-over on the day, 5-over for the tournament.
Simpson and Mickelson both went to the tee on nine, both landed in a bunker.
Yep, Simpson does get up-and-down, just one shot too late, picks up the bogey at hole No. 8.
SIMPSON: Yikes! Not a good approach shot by Simpson, his ball rolls off the green, looks like he may be dropping to 5-over soon.
Lefty grabs a birdie! Mickelson moves back to even on the day, 3-under on the tournament.
Looking at those who are making their way through Pinehurst No. 2 today, only two players are under par. Should be really interesting to see what the leaders can do.
Alright, now the top-20 players are starting to tee-off, well known names like Jason Day and Justin Rose are trying to see if they can catch up to Kaymer.
NO ONE MAKING A MOVE: The leaders don't tee off until later today, but this morning, no one made a move on Martin Kaymer and the others at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard.
Of those who teed off before 1 p.m., only Sergio Garcia (at 1-under) was under par for the day. That may mean the course is playing tough on this third day of competition.
A tough course would seem to be an advantage for Kaymer, since that'd make it hard for anyone to zoom up the standings and challenge Kaymer.
By the way, many golfers with North Carolina ties failed to make the cut. Falling out of the field after Friday were Mark Wilson (UNC), Chad Collins (who played at Methodist in Fayetteville), Joe Ogilvie (Duke), Kevin Streelman (Duke) and Ryan Blaum (Duke).
Garth Mulroy of N.C. State made the cut and is 4-over for the tournament as of 1 p.m.
INTERESTING PAIRINGS: Some interesting pairings today in the U.S. Open.
Webb Simpson of Raleigh tees off at 11:56 a.m., just before NBC’s live coverage begins at noon. He’s paired with Phil Mickelson, and remember, the U.S. Open is the only major crowd favorite Mickelson has never won.
Expect big galleries today for those two, who are both 3 over for the tournament.
Brendon Todd, who played high school golf at Green Hope, will tee off at 3:25 p.m. Todd is 4-under, which is normally good enough for the lead at the U.S. Open. But with Martin Kaymer a spectacular 10-under, Todd is well behind the lead.
But Todd is still in a solid second place and his efforts on No. 2 demonstrate how far his game has come.
Todd won the state 4-A golf titles in 200, 2002 and 2003. He had a stellar college career at the University of Georgia but stumbled after turning pro. He went five years without a Web.com Tour win, but turned his game around by working with golf instructor Bill McInerney Jr.
Todd has focused on staying relaxed, focusing on his breathing, and he has shot up the PGA standings. The U.S. Open is his first major.
He has a PGA exemption through the 2015-2016 season.
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