Golf: Straka falls far behind at US Open

Golf: Straka falls far behind at US Open

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Sepp Straka is unlikely to set a new career best in his fourth appearance at the US Open. The 31-year-old completely botched his third round in Pinehurst with 78 strokes (eight over par) on Saturday and slipped from 27th place at the halfway point to 61st place.

16.06.2024 09.44

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In 2019, he tied for 28th on the course in North Carolina, and missed the cut there in the past two years. Bryson de Chambeau is on course for the title. The American delivered a round of 67 on Saturday and is three strokes ahead of the trio Patrick Cantlay (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR) and Matthieu Pavon (FRA).

De Chambeau wants to win his second US Open title after 2020 on Sunday. Top favorite and number one in the world rankings, the American Scottie Scheffler, who has already won five tournaments this year, has no chance of winning as he is in 42nd place (six over par).

Straka lagging behind from the start

It will also be a disappointing tournament for Sepp Straka. He had already lacked consistency on Friday, but was able to provide a highlight thanks to his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour. That did not happen a day later in temperatures over 30 degrees.

After Friday’s triple bogey on the third hole, he also lost three strokes this time, but on the 13th. In addition, the Viennese native made five more bogeys (2, 6, 10, 16 and 17) – without a single birdie.

After a par round of 70 strokes at the start and a 72 on Friday, Austria’s golfing figurehead is now already ten over par. He is already seven strokes away from the top 20. The winner will receive a major tournament record of 4.3 million dollars (4.02 million euros), as was announced on Saturday.

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