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Will Zalatoris sets clubhouse lead in blustery conditions in the US Open

Will Zalatoris establishes clubhouse lead in heady US Open conditions at Brookline as Justin Thomas declares ‘bull****’ not allowed to free drop from drain

  • Will Zalatoris puts outstanding 67 to elevate himself in clubhouse leadership
  • Difficult conditions at Brookline had made it difficult for several players to score low
  • The American had a record five top-10 finishes in the last six majors completed
  • Brit Matt Fitzpatrick remains within reach after impressive lap
  • Rory McIlroy seemed to have fallen out of the fray, but came back into it

Will Zalatoris set a test target for the clubhouse as stormy conditions wreaked havoc in the third round of the 122nd US Open at Brookline.

Zalatoris has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but has racked up five top-10 finishes in his last six completed majors, including a playoff defeat in last month’s US PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

And the 25-year-old proved once again that his game is ideally suited to the sport’s biggest events with a stunning 67, with four birdies and a single bogey, setting the target at four under par.

Will Zalatoris put a test clubhouse in the lead when he shot a stunning 67 at Brookline

Will Zalatoris put a test clubhouse in the lead when he shot a stunning 67 at Brookline

“After the US PGA, it was a bitter pill to swallow, but I feel good about my game,” said Zalatoris.

“Tomorrow will not be an easy test, you look at the great champions on the standings and this course is a beast. The job is far from done.”

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur at Brookline in 2013, was just one shot behind with four holes to go, along with defending champion Jon Rahm, who had seven left to play.

Rory McIlroy’s chances seemed to fade quickly as he completed his first seven holes in three over par to slip five behind world number one Scottie Scheffler, who had holed for an eagle from 102 yards in eighth.

The young American has five top-10s in his last six majors completed, while still looking for his first win on the PGA tour

The young American has five top-10s in his last six majors completed, while still looking for his first win on the PGA tour

Seamus Power returned to the clubhouse aligned after a 70 with an eagle

Seamus Power returned to the clubhouse aligned after a 70 with an eagle

However, Scheffler made a double bogey on the short 11th and dropped more shots on the next two holes, while McIlroy’s birdie on the 11th brought him back to two under par and just two behind Zalatoris.

Ireland’s Seamus Power was safe in the clubhouse on one over par after a 70 with an eagle on the par-five eighth.

“That put me on the right track toward the back nine,” Power said. “I need more of the same on Sunday and hopefully I can finish a little stronger.

“I’ll have to play a little better and hopefully you never know if some putts will fall.”

Justin Thomas stated he was taking drug addiction after being refused a drop away from a drain

Justin Thomas declared he was crazy after being refused a drop from a drain

US PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas was accidentally introduced as Justin Thompson on the first tee and was then heard to express his frustration after being denied a drop from close to a drain in the fourth fairway.

“That’s what puts me off because so many other people would lie about being able to hit that, but it’s like, I’m not going to hit it (the drain),” Thomas lamented. “That’s bull****, man.”

After a round of 72 which had left him three over par, Thomas said: “I called an official to make a ruling, and in the spirit of the game I wouldn’t get in trouble.

“I felt like I could have told her (the official rules) very easily that I was going and got a free drop, but I didn’t.”

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