A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected during the third round of the U.S. Open:
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel, six hours before leader Martin Kaymer‘ teed off @JasonSobelGC: No other way to say this: If you think a six-shot lead with 36 to play at a major is completely safe, you might need to watch more majors.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobel: You want a great story? We’re just one Martin Kaymer septuple-bogey away from Erik Compton leading the U.S. Open.
LPGA standout Cristie Kerr @CKGolferChic: My buddy Eric Compton really is my hero! Go Eric!!!
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman @KellyTilghmanGC: I’m pressed to think of a better story in sports than 2x heart transplant recipient Erik Compton winning golf’s hardest championship.
Caddie Scott Vail @thescottvail: Patience even more important today as the USGA has set out the most difficult pins. Thank you @theweeman77 and Kaymer for ticking them off!
USA Today golf writer Steve DiMeglio @Steve_DiMeglio: This just in from Mr. T: Prediction? Pain. No one shoots 65 today. Or 66. Or 67. Maybe a 68 ...
Golf writer Ron Sirak @ronsirak: Kaymer is having his bad round. Can he make it a 72 instead of a 76?
N&O’s Luke DeCock @LukeDeCock: Saturday at the US Open at Pinehurst and a local kid is in the final pairing. Tough to beat that.
ESPN’s Bob Harig @BobHarig: Brendon Todd is playing in his first major. Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis only players in last 100 years to win major in first try. #usopen.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel @JasonSobelGC: Brendon Todd is so new to playing a major that he’s wearing his player credential during a TV interview.
N&O’s Luke DeCock @LukeDeCock: USGA set up No. 3 as a driveable, 315-yard par-4 Friday. Almost every leader birdied. Playing 394 yards today.
Charlotte Observer’s David Scott @davidscott14: Yow, Toru Taniguchi with an 18-over 88 today.
N&O’s ACC Now @accnow: Pinehurst No. 2 definitely fighting back today. 88 is high score. Everybody who is done with their round shot over par.
Ron Green Jr. @RonGreenJr: If you like to watch the best golfers in the world struggle, you’re going to love this afternoon.
Yahoo golf writer Shane Bacon @ShaneBacon: Jordan Spieth just asked his caddie, “Is that left bunker bad?” Caddie - “Umm, yes.”
Golf Digest’s Mike O’Malley @GD_MikeO: Buckle up, my pretties: The players on the course at Pinehurst are a collective 104 over par so far. One under is the best round going.
Yahoo’s Shane Bacon @ShaneBacon: Golf Channel is currently airing a golf movie about a guy collapsing at a U.S. Open. I’m seeing what you did there!
Golf writer Steve Elling @EllingYelling: The USGA dismemberment count climbs: Four guys have failed to break 80 today.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405: Neutral not a bad gear. RT @Graeme_McDowell: Moving day here at @usopengolf but looking at the pin positions level par makes a move today.
Ron Green Jr. @RonGreenJr: The US Open is about avoiding the big one, which Martin Kaymer may have done at No. 4.
Golf writer Ron Sirak @ronsirak: What a 2nd shot by Kaymer on 5 at @usopengolf That’s why I love this set-up. Good shots needed; great shots rewarded!
Golf writer Ron Sirak @ronsirak: That front 9 by Kaymer could well have been a 40 and he made it a 36. That’s how you win the @usopengolf Can he keep it up?
Yahoo’s Shane Bacon @ShaneBacon: The way Pinehurst is playing today, hitting the wrong ball might have been the best shot Hunter Mahan hit all week.
Ron Green Jr. @RonGreenJr: Phil’s final round goal: ‘I think I can shoot 4- or 5-under par, end around even, finish second again.’
N&O’s Chip Alexander @ice_chip: Nick Lindheim was given option of having a marker to play with him Saturday in #USOpen but turned it down. For a special reason. Lindheim said a close friend, former PGA Tour pro Mike Smith, died recently. Lindheim said Smith was the one with him Saturday.
N&O’s Chip Alexander @ice_chip: As for round, Lindheim said he took bet from USGA he couldn’t complete round in 3:25. Did it in 3:15. “Owe me five bucks.” #USOpen.
Yahoo’s Shane Bacon @ShaneBacon: Per that Dustin shot, I once challenged him to a wrong-handed long drive competition. He hit the first one left-handed 276 yards. Game over
Ron Green Jr. @RonGreenJr: Without hope at this US Open what is there? Well, there’s always lunch.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell @darrenrovell: They are selling Chick fil-A at Pinehurst for the US Open. Told agreement has been made not to sell on Sunday.
Golf World writer Dave Shedloski @DaveShedloski: Hitting fairways is crucial in the US Open, right? David Toms hit 27 of 28 the first two rounds. Where is he? Missed cut. Oops. Never mind.