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Rocco Mediate, right, jokes with Amateur Michael Thompson following their second round.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Rocco Mediate, right, jokes with Amateur Michael Thompson following their second round.

Former Augusta State All-American Oliver Wilson recovered from a disastrous start to shoot 3-over-par 74 on Saturday.

Wilson bogeyed three of his first four holes but shot even par the rest of the way and is tied for 15th at 4-over 217.

He dropped shots to par on the first two holes, both par 4s, and gave back another shot on the par-4 fourth hole. He then made four consecutive pars before recording a birdie on the par-4 ninth to make the turn 2-over for the day.

Wilson suffered a double bogey on the par-4 12th before parring the next four holes. He then birdied the par-4 17th to get back to 3-over for the day.

MOVING DAY

Among the big movers in the third round were former U.S. Presidents Cup member Hunter Mahan (below), 2003 Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir and The Players Championship winner Sergio Garcia.

Mahan, a member of the 2007 U.S. Presidents Cup team, shot 2-under 69 to vault from a tie for 35th into a tie for sixth at 215.

Weir, whose best finish in the U.S. Open is a tie for third in 2003, also shot 69 to move from a tie for 42nd into a tie for 11th at 216.

Garcia, who won The Players Championship in May, is also tied for 11th after shooting 70. He began the third round tied for 42nd.

AMATEUR WATCH

Former University of Alabama All-American Michael Thompson (below) is the low amateur by four shots.

Thompson shot 73 and is at 220.

Thompson, who qualified by virtue of his runner-up finish in the 2007 U.S. Amateur, had four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

Derek Fathauer shot 78 and is at 224. He had eight bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies.

Rickie Fowler, who was 1-under after the first round, shot 76 and is at 225. His round consisted of six bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies.

Fathauer and Fowler received special exemptions into the field from the USGA.


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