U.S. Open 2013: 'It's better than I would have done'

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Jamie Donaldson, of Wales, hits on the 17th hole 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)

Jamie Donaldson, who started today's third round of the U.S. Open at 6-over par, found himself in a little bit of trouble on the 17th hole at Merion.

After a birdie on 16 to bring himself to back to +1 for the day, made a six on the 254-yard par 3. But that didn't stop him from enjoying himself.

After putting his tee shot in the bunker off the front-right of the green, he appeared to ground his club - he may have actually hit the ball and just not been able to get it out of the trap. He then put his shot over the green and almost into the grandstands, leaving himself with this lie.

Donaldson then chipped over the bunker, but didn't reach the green. From there, he chip on and putt his way to double-par.

The crowd reacted with a big cheer when he tapped in, but Donaldson took the light-hearted mockery in stride, tipping his cap to the gallery.

One fan yelled, "Don't worry. It's better than I would have done!"

Donaldson smiled and again tipped his cap before stepping up to the tee on 18, where he would push his drive into the right rough. Not the best start to your day, but hey, at least he's having fun out there.

Me? I got a five on the 17th when I played here in April, so take that professional golfers. Don't worry about the fact that it played 50 yards shorter, or that I followed it up with an eight on the 18th.

Okay, yes, it's definitely better than I would have done playing in these conditions...