Michael Kim did what most 19-year-old amateurs two shots out of the lead in the third round of the US Open would probably do. He looked at every scoreboard he could find, just to see his name.
After shooting a third-round 71, the skinny sophomore at California is 4 over, five shots behind Phil Mickelson, one of the names he kept seeing on the big boards so close to his. That brush with greatness came during a six-hole back-nine stretch that saw Kim make four birdies and take Merion by storm. He has a five-shot lead on Cheng-Tsung Pan (75) for low amateur. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.