This will require quite a bit more work.
“I’m in a decent spot,” Stricker said after an even-par 70 left him four shots behind Jim Furyk. “I’ve got a chance. That’s all I can ask for, I guess.”
Stricker has played sparingly this year, even skipping the British Open as he tries to spend more time with his wife and two children. He’s still among the top players in the game, and the most dangerous on the greens.
“There’s a lot of great players up there on top,” he said. “Furyk is obviously playing well. Adam Scott is up there. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Just have to be patient and go out there and hopefully get off to a good start and get righ in the mix real early.”
Stricker shared the 54-hole lead at Sahalee in the 1998 PGA Championship and was runner-up by two shots.
NOT GIVING UP: Lee Westwood had a 68 that put him at 3-under 207 for the tournament, and when he walked off the course, he thought he might be better off than he was. Oak Hill was tough Saturday in a swirling wind, and the leaders were dropping shots.
“I played with Jonas Blixt and he is 6 under,” Westwood said. “He could quite conceivably be leading at the end of the day. That would only be three off the lead. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the last round of a major.”
Turns out Jim Furyk finished strong for a 68 to reach 9 under. Westwood was six shots behind.
And there’s still no reason to lose hope. Remember, Phil Mickelson was five shots behind Westwood going into the last round at the British Open and won by three.
“So anything is possible on the Sunday of a major,” he said.
DIVOTS: Tiger Woods has shot in the 60s just once in 15 rounds in the majors this year. In seven rounds at Oak Hill in his career, he has yet to break par. … In five previous majors, only one player has posted all four rounds in the 60s at Oak Hill _ Lee Trevino in the 1968 U.S. Open. Going into the final round, only two players have that chance _ Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson. Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker join them as the only players to not shoot over par this week. … U.S. Open champion Justin Rose had two double bogeys and shot 42 on the front nine on his way to a 77. Matt Kuchar, a two-time winner this year, started the day two shots behind and shot 76. … Brooks Koepka started the year with no status on any tour. He won three times on the Challenge Tour to earn a European Tour card, and now plays the final round of the final major of the season with Tiger Woods.