The hardcore will tell you that the hardest, most emotionally draining day of golf in the professional ranks is the final round in the U.S. Open.
That is the challenge that former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler will face as he sets out to try to catch the tournament leader, Martin Kaymer, who owns a five-shot lead over the always colorful former Big 12 golfer heading into Sunday’s concluding round of this year’s U.S. Open championship at formidable Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
The 25-year-old Fowler shot his lowest score of the tournament, a three-under-par score of 67, on Saturday to climb into a second-place tie with Eric Compton and cut five strokes off of Kaymer’s 10-stroke advantage over Fowler after 36 holes.
Fowler, in his fourth season on the PGA Tour, had five birdies and two bogeys in his Saturday round, three of those birdies coming on the back nine.
Former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth was nine shots off the lead after the first two rounds. The 20-year-old Dallas native dropped a shot to par on Saturday, but remains nine strokes back of the German Kaymer.
Entering the final 18 holes on Sunday, here is how the six other pros with Big 12 ties stand in the 114th edition of the U.S. Open:
T13. Jimmy Walker (Baylor) +3 (213)
T36. Cody Gribble (Texas) +6 (216)
T47. Bo Van Pelt (Oklahoma State) +9 (219)
T51. Gary Woodland (Kansas) +10 (218)
T62. Justin Leonard (Texas) +15 (220)
T65. Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State) +17 (225)