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That's more like it: US Open scores begin to soar on a tough day at Pinehurst No. 2

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    Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the third cround of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

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    Steve Stricker hits from behind a tree on the fourth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

Now that's more like it.

After two days of lower-than-expected scores, the U.S. Open is finally showing its bite at Pinehurst No. 2.

Japan's Toru Taniguchi shot 88 on Saturday. Russell Henley soared to an 82. Boo Weekley struggled to an 80.

With no rain to soften the perilous turtleback greens and devious pin placements making it tough to get anywhere close to the flags, the storied course is producing the sort of portly numbers that had been expected from the beginning of the tournament.

Martin Kaymer is scheduled to tee off in the final group with a six-shot lead after posting consecutive 5-under 65s. That gives him the lowest 36-hole score in Open history and is tied for the lowest at any major championship.