J.B. Holmes holed out from a bunker for an eagle on the par-4 16th hole on Saturday to help him stay within reach of the leaders at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
The former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star also made a long par putt at No. 18 that enabled him to finish the day three shots off the pace set by Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace. They are tied at 4-under par for the tournament.
Holmes shot 1-over par Saturday, and his scorecard included the eagle, two birdies and five bogeys.
"I don't know too many people who didn't have an up-and-down round today," he said. "I felt like it was a pretty solid round. ... Even when you hit good shots out here, sometimes you're not in the best spot. It was a good day for me. I had fun the whole time. I enjoyed the challenge."
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Certainly, the highlight of his round was the eagle.
"Any time you can get a birdie out here or an eagle anywhere, it definitely helps," Holmes said. "It's pretty special, to be in a U.S. Open on Saturday and in contention and have that happen. That's pretty awesome. So I'll definitely log that in the memory bank as a great moment in my career."
Holmes said he'll stick to his same game plan on Sunday.
"Just go out there and have a good time and hopefully I get a few more putts to go in than I had today," he said. "After it leaves the club, there's not a whole lot I can control. All I can do is control my routines, enjoy being out there, enjoy the moment. And not too many people get to play in the U.S. Open, much less be in contention."