ARDMORE, Pa. -- With three holes to play in Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open, Cal star Michael Kim was at 3 under for the day, even for tournament, trailing only then co-leaders Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel by two shots.

But then reality -- or perhaps disbelief -- set in, as Kim, the 2012-13 national collegiate player of the year, limped in with two bogeys wrapped around a double bogey to finish the day at 1-over 71 and 4 over through three rounds.

Four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine highlighted Saturday's round.

That's good enough to be alone in 10th place, five shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.

Michael Kim walks the 17th green before hitting out of a bunker during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Saturday, June
Michael Kim walks the 17th green before hitting out of a bunker during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. ((AP Photo/Julio Cortez))

"I just thought it was super cool to see my name on the leader board with Schwartzel, Donald and Mickelson," said Kim, who just finished his sophomore season. "I kind of had a 'What if?' situation going through my head -- like 'What if I won or what if I did this?' I tried to snap out of it, but then I hit an awful tee shot on the next hole."

Kim said his main goal was to just make the weekend, never dreaming he could be a contender.

"I didn't feel that nervous, but looking back I definitely think I was," he said. "It's been pretty special."

Kim, from Del Mar, would shock the golf world Sunday if he became the first amateur to win the Open in 80 years.

Cal teammate Michael Weaver was at 16-over 226 after a 78.



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