Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk lead the U.S. Open going into the final day as Tiger Woods dropped of the pace.
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McDowell showed the kind of fight that won him a U.S. Open two years ago down the coast at Pebble Beach. He scratched out pars and finished with a 4-foot birdie putt that gave him a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead going into the final round at The Olympic Club.
”Probably for the first time this week, I actually enjoyed the round of golf,” McDowell said.
Woods fell out of the lead with two bogeys in the first three holes, couldn’t make a birdie on the stretch of holes that Olympic allows players to make up ground, and ended with a sloppy bogey on the 18th for a 75. It matched Woods’ worst score when he at least a share of the lead after any round of a major. He also closed with a 75 in 2009 at the PGA Championship when he lost a two-shot lead to Y.E. Yang.
”I’m just going to have to shoot a good round tomorrow, and post early and see what happens,” Woods said.
All was not lost for Woods, not to mention another dozen or so players. In a U.S. Open that has lived up to its reputation this week, it was difficult for anyone to get too far ahead.
|-1||G McDowell (NI), J Furyk (US)|
|+1||F Jacobson (Swe)|
|+2||L Westwood (Eng), E Els (SA), B Adams (US), N Colsaerts (Bel)|
|+3||W Simpson (US), K Chappell (US), J Senden (Aus), B Hossler (US, am), J Dufner (US), J Peterson (US)|
|+4||R Goosen (SA), M Kaymer (Ger), M Kuchar (US), T Woods (US)|