Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the third cround of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
David Goldman
June 14, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) Now that's more like it.

After two days of lower-than-expected scores, the U.S. Open is finally showing its bite at Pinehurst No. 2.

Japan's Toru Taniguchi shot 88 on Saturday. Russell Henley soared to an 82. Boo Weekley struggled to an 80.

With no rain to soften the perilous turtleback greens and devious pin placements making it tough to get anywhere close to the flags, the storied course is producing the sort of portly numbers that had been expected from the beginning of the tournament.

Martin Kaymer is scheduled to tee off in the final group with a six-shot lead after posting consecutive 5-under 65s. That gives him the lowest 36-hole score in Open history and is tied for the lowest at any major championship.

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