Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick share US Open lead after brutal day

England's Matt Fitzpatrick and American Will Zalatoris, each chasing his first major title, shared the lead after Saturday's third round of the US Open as brisk wind and brutal rough tormented golf's top stars.

Matt Fitzpatrick of England prepares to putt on the 18th green during the third round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 18, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts. (AFP)

Fitzpatrick birdied three of the last five holes at The Country Club but a closing bogey left him on two-under par 68 and level with Zalatoris, last month's PGA Championship runner-up who shot 67, on four-under 206 through 54 holes.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, the world number two from Spain, birdied three of the last five holes as well but made double bogey at 18 to stand third on 207.

Top-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler struggled to a 71 to share fourth on 208 with fellow American Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, and Canada's Adam Hadwin, Thursday's 18-hole leader.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy struggled to a 73 to share seventh on 209 with Americans Joel Dahmen and Sam Burns.

Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa, a co-leader with Dahmen after 36 holes, struggled to a 77 to stand on 212.