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Summerhays drops back, is 6 shots back in a tie for 8th at U.S. Open

Daniel Summerhays reacts to his putt on the third hole during third round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Daniel Summerhays reacts to his putt on the third hole during third round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar, AP

Daniel Summerhays isn’t out of contention yet, but he may need to shoot a Johnny Miller-like round Sunday to win the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club where Miller shot his famous final-round 63 at the same course in 1973 to win.

Summerhays started the day three shots off the lead, but a couple of back-nine bogeys left him six shot behind leader Shane Lowry. The Fruit Heights resident stands at 1-over par for the tournament in a tie for eighth place with a little more than one round to go.

Twenty-four golfers didn’t finish their rounds Saturday, which was set behind because of weather delays on Thursday when half the field didn’t complete their rounds.

Summerhays still has four holes to play Sunday morning, as does Lowry, while some golfers have as many as five.

The former BYU golfer played the first nine in even par with birdies at No. 4 and No. 8 and bogeys at 1 and 7. However on the back nine he dropped a couple of shots with bogeys at 10 and 12.

The other Utahn in the tournament, Lehi’s Tony Finau, ended up missing the cut by just one shot when the second round was completed Saturday morning as he finished at 7-over-par with rounds of 72 and 75 on Friday. After six bogeys in 10 holes, Finau had battled back in his second round with birdies at 14 and 17, but he’ll lament a bogey at No. 18, which kept him from playing the final two rounds.

Last year, Finau finished in a tie for 14th place, while Summerhays finished in a tie for 27th place.