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2012 U.S. Open Golf Leaderboard: Socal Amateur Patrick Cantlay Improves In Round 3

Round 3 of the 2012 U.S. Open is underway, and UCLA rising junior Patrick Cantlay has shot his best score yet. The world's top ranked amateur shot a 71, an improvement on the 72 he posted in Round 2 and the 76 he posted in Round 1. Cantlay had an up and down day, picking up bogeys on holes 4, 9, 11, 14 and 17, but managing to pick up birdies on holes 7, 8, 10 and 18. Holes seven and 17 showcase what a mixed day it was for the young man; on seven he managed to birdie a hole he had bogeyed in both previous rounds, and on 17 a hole that was a birdie in the two previous rounds became a bogey. He may have improved on his previous scores but it didn't help him much in the standings, as he is currently tied for 58th at 9-over.

The leaders have yet to tee off, and things at the top of the leaderboard remain where they were at the close of Round 2: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, and David Toms are all tied for first at 1-under.

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