McDowell leads US Open, Tiger drops down leaderboard

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)


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