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Tee times: U.S. Open, Round 3 at Pinehurst No. 2

Here are the tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut

Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major-championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.

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Watson, Dufner headline stars missing Open cut

Bubba Watson fell one shot short of making the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open, as did Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel.

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Henderson fires 62 to win Women's Porter Cup

In a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round bogey-free 9-under 62 at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., to win the second annual Women’s Porter Cup.

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McIlroy (68) might need to change his game plan

Rory McIlroy was pleased with his 2-under 68, but sitting nine shots back of Martin Kaymer, his conservative game plan for the week might need to be thrown out the window.

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By the numbers: Kaymer strong in several stats

A look at the numbers finds Martin Kaymer performing well at the U.S. Open in several statistics, understandable given his six-shot lead, plus Pinehurst's strengths and (relative) vulnerabilities.

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Tuten holds lead at Southeastern Amateur

Shad Tuten fired a third-round 66 and will carry a one-shot lead into the final round at the 85th Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.

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Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year . . .

Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now . . .

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Add U.S. Open contention to Todd's big season

Brendon Todd is in his first major, but he hardly blinked when he saw a U.S. Open leaderboard at Pinehurst with his name nestled beneath that of runaway leader Martin Kaymer.

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Amateurs: Whitsett falls short; Fitzpatrick makes cut

Cory Whitsett fires a 1-under 69, but comes up one shot short of making the cut at Pinehurst No. 2. Meanwhile, Matthew Fitzpatrick grinds out 73 and is the only amateur to make the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Rude: Is the U.S. Open over? Not by a long shot

Martin Kaymer is in complete control of the U.S. Open, but they don't crown champions after 36 holes. Pinehurst No. 2, as well as the players chasing, might have something to say about Kaymer taking the champion's hardware back home to Germany.

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U.S. Open Tracker: Kaymer stretches lead

Martin Kaymer posted a 65 to start the U.S. Open with the lead – and a record for an Open round at Pinehurst No. 2 at that despite an afternoon tee time. He hits the course early Friday to try and expand that margin.

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Kisner gives his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift

Kevin Kisner gave his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift on Friday. Kisner pulled his father, Steve, out of the gallery to caddie the last couple of holes knowing he wouldn't make the cut at the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open: The equipment counts at Pinehurst

The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.

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Glover debuts graphite-shafted Bridgestone putter

Lucas Glover used a new graphite-shafted, Bridgestone True Balance TD-03 putter at the U.S. Open.

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Notes: Quinn makes cut; Kuchar's non-penalty

Fran Quinn made a move at leader Martin Kaymer early in his second round, but settled for a 4-over 74 that left him 2 over for the tournament and playing the weekend with his son on the bag.

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Canadians Pendrith, Rank share Monroe lead

Two Canadians are camped atop the Monroe Invitational leaderboard entering the final round: recent Kent State graduate Taylor Pendrith and mid-amateur Garrett Rank.

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Connelly claims FJ Invitational title

Austin Connelly shot a final round 3-under 67 Friday to claim the FJ Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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Kaymer in a world of his own after another 65

Martin Kaymer thought that 8 over would be a good score come Sunday. Being at a record-breaking 10 under after 36 holes has even surprised the German himself.

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Wang wins Rolex Girls in wire-to-wire fashion

Elizabeth Wang completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship June 13 at The Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.).

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VIDEO: Jeff Rude breaks down Round 2 at mid-day

Jeff Rude sits down with David Dusek to chat about Martin Kaymer's record-breaking opening two rounds at the U.S. Open and what to expect for the rest of the day.

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Mahan, Donaldson hit wrong golf balls at U.S. Open

After Hunter Mahan had done some good work to get back into the U.S. Open, hitting the wrong ball in the 18th fairway proved costly for the standout player.

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Even at eight back, Dustin Johnson has plan

Dustin Johnson is among those looking for a fight with Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open, although Kaymer is threatening to run away from the field. "My approach won't change at all," insisted Johnson.

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Short game helps Koepka make big move

Brooks Koepka needed only 27 putts on Friday at Pinehurst, carding a 2-under 68 and vaulting well up the leaderboard heading into the weekend.

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Ballard steps down at Rutgers afters 21 years

Maura (Waters) Ballard, who competed as a student-athlete at Rutgers before guiding the Rutgers golf programs for the past 21 years, has decided to step down as head women’s golf coach.

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Chris Hill named head coach at Pacific

Pacific has announced Chris Hill as head men’s golf coach. Hill will head to Pacific after working at Houston for the past four years.

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Friday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst No. 2

A look at how the USGA set up the course for Friday play at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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VIDEO: Maddening to magical, Duke's hole out

Only time will tell how much of an impact Ken Duke’s ninth hole in Friday’s second round will have on his U.S. Open, but safe to say that it immediately wins the door prize for wildest par of the championship.

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VIDEO: Alter-egos of Spieth, Woodland, Mahan

Look what Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland and Hunter Mahan sent over to Golfweek prior to teeing it up at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. In this compilation video, comedian Anthony Anderson makes a guest appearance as his alter-ego, as well.

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What’s up with those 'not rough' areas? A primer

It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.

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2014 Father of the Year: Optimist, caregiver Dolch

The optimist: In caring for his ailing son, Craig Dolch perseveres amid a heart-wrenching daily trial. Dolch is a clear choice as Golfweek's 2014 Father of the Year.