FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Don’t look now, but Tiger Woods is chasing a record owned by Lou Graham, not Jack Nicklaus.
Graham set the record for the largest come-from-behind victory at the U.S. Open after 36 holes in 1975 at Medinah. Graham was 11 strokes behind Tom Watson midway through.
Woods is in the same spot. At 3-over-par 143, he entered the third round Saturday night 11 shots behind leader Ricky Barnes.
Woods’ problem has been putting. He took 61 putts the first two rounds. He called the greens “so bumpy and so slow. They’re getting slower and slower.”
“My score doesn’t reflect how I’ve been playing,” Woods said.
Then he addressed his chances of winning – with humor.
“You never know,” he said. “I’ve got 36 more holes over the next probably three days.”