Martin Kaymer was 2-over for the day but maintained a healthy lead in the U.S. Open.AP PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
Martin Kaymer was 2-over for the day but maintained a healthy lead in the U.S. Open. AP PHOTO

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PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) -- Martin Kaymer has shot a 2-over 72 on a brutal day at the U.S. Open, good enough to maintain a five-stroke lead heading to the final round.

After making only one bogey the first two days, Kaymer had five bogeys on his card in the third round Saturday. An eagle at par-5 fifth hole helped to limit the damage, and the 29-year-old German birdied the final hole to remain comfortably ahead of his closest challengers, Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.

Kaymer is at 8-under 202.

Fowler and Compton were the only players to break par, both shooting 3-under 67. That puts Fowler in the final group with Kaymer on Sunday.

Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson are six shots back. Brandt Snedeker is the only other player under par at 209.

Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, ripped off four birdies and an eagle in a seven-hole stretch to surge into contention.

"The conditions are extremely difficult," he said. "But when it gets really hard, that's when I seem to get really focused."

Fowler is one of the most popular players at Pinehurst, but he has only one career victory on the PGA Tour.

This would be quite a place to get another win.

"I just hung in there," Fowler said. "I hit a lot of great shots into the greens, and got up and down when I needed to."


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