SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods held the 36-hole lead going into the weekend at Olympic, but a 5-over 75 on Saturday caused him to move to T-14 at 4 over.
Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell share the lead at 1 under heading into the final round.
What caused Tiger to move down the leaderboard? Check out our Tiger Tracker for a shot-by-shot recap.
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No. 18, Par 4, 344 yards
• Off the tee: Hitting iron off the tee, Tiger starts the ball down the left and cuts it into the fairway, leaving himself with a good angle.
• Second shot: Tiger has 137 yards to the hole. He lands in the short primary cut around the right side of the green.
• Around the green: Tiger stubs his chip, leaving himself with a long par putt.
• On the green: Tiger’s left-to-right putt breaks further right than he’d anticipated. He makes bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over (thru 18 holes; 4 over for tournament)
• Playing competitor: Jim Furyk makes par on No. 18 to remain tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell.
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No. 17, Par 5, 522 yards
• Off the tee: Tiger lands his ball in the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: With the ball well below his feet and 205 yards to the green, Tiger misses his ball right. He lands in the first of two sand traps on the right side of the green, leaving himself with a 50-yard bunker shot.
• Around the green: Tiger lands his long, difficult bunker shot in the front of the green.
• On the green: After a perfect tee shot, Tiger fails to take advantage of this relatively easy par 5. He two putts for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (thru 17 holes; 3 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the Course: Graeme McDowell birdies No. 18 to take the lead at 1 under. Jim Furyk rolls in a birdie putt on No. 17 to move to 1 under and a share of the lead with McDowell.
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No. 16, Par 5, 670 yards
• Off the tee: Tiger begins his backswing and then backs off and resets. He unleashes a powerful drive, but pushes it to the right where it lands in the tree line.
• Second shot: Tiger got a good break with his drive – his ball landed past the right rough and in a hardpan gallery area. He has a clear shot between two trees, and lands in the fairway. He looks unhappy with his shot.
• Approach shot: Tiger has a slight downhill lie. He hits 6-iron into a right greenside bunker, where he will have some green to work with.
• Around the green: Tiger catches his bunker shot fat, and the ball rolls past the hole.
• On the green: Faced with a right-breaking slight downhill putt, Tiger misses to the left and makes bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (thru 16 holes; 3 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the Course: Jim Furyk bogeys No. 1. Moving to even, he’s tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell.
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No. 15, Par 3, 154 yards
• Off the tee: Tiger puts his ball in the center of the green, but will face a long birdie attempt.
• On the green: Tiger putts from the back part of the green. His putt stays on line and rolls just past the right side of the hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 15 holes; 2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the Course: Tiger’s playing competitor Jim Furyk narrowly misses a birdie putt on No. 15 to remain at 1 under.
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No. 14, Par 4, 419 yards
• Off the tee: Tiger hits a low bullet down the left side of the fairway, landing in the first cut of rough.
• Approach shot: Using wedge, Tiger aims at a right greenside bunker and hooks the ball onto the green. He looks pleased with his approach shot.
• On the green: Tiger misses his an uphill right-to-left birdie putt by six inches. He makes par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 14 holes; 2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the Course: Amateur Beau Hossler finishes his third round at 3 over.
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No. 13, Par 3, 199 yards
• Off the tee: Tiger hits 8-iron off the tee and lands in the front-center portion of the green, right of the pin.
• On the green: Tiger leaves his lengthy birdie putt just short of the hole. He taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 13 holes; 2 over for tournament)
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No. 12, Par 4, 451 yards
Tiger is now three shots off the lead and will need to start applying pressure on Furyk.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the rough off the tee, but gets a good lie. Furyk finds the primary rough with his tee ball, but the ball is sitting up.
• Approach shot: From 196 yards, Tiger plays a fantastic shot to even get it on the green, hitting short of the green and sitting about 25 feet right of the flag for a birdie putt. Furyk plays a bad shot and finds a greenside bunker.
• On the green: With a left-to-right putt from below the hole, Tiger leaves it out to the left and misses another opportunity for a birdie. He taps in for a par. Furyk gets out of the bunker, but leaves himself about 10 feet. He makes that putt to stay at 1 under for the tournament.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 12 holes; 2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell has moved to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at the par-3 13th hole. John Peterson has moved back to 3 over after a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th hole.
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No. 11, Par 4, 430 yards
That was a missed opportunity for Tiger on the 10th hole, wasting a huge drive with a poor wedge shot.
• Off the tee: With driver again, Tiger tries to take it up the left side and he finds the left rough and the balls sits down a bit. Furyk finds the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger has a lot of rough to get through and takes it up high, but falls short of the green, but should have an easy chip to the hole. Furyk takes his ball to pin-high and about 10 feet to the right of the cup.
• On the green: Tiger two-putts for a par, while Furyk drains his birdie attempt to get to 1 under and take a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 11 holes; 2 over for tournament)
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No. 10, Par 4, 424 yards
With a much-needed birdie at the 9th, Tiger will take on the final nine, which is the easier of the two nines.
• Off the tee: Again with driver, Tiger hammers it up the middle of the fairway, getting some nice roll, leaving a likely wedge into the green. Furyk finds the left rough, but the ball sits up and he should be able to get a good swing on it.
• Approach shot: From 118 yards, Tiger takes wedge and thinks he will get a big kick, but the ball checks and he’ll have about 40 feet for birdie. Furyk plays a nice shot to about 20 feet under the hole.
• On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie attempt about three feet short, but knocks that in for par. Furyk two-putts to stay at even par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 10 holes; 2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Nicolas Colsaerts birdies the par-4 11th hole to pull even with Furyk at even par. Ernie Els chips in for eagle at the par-5 17th to get to 2 over, just two shots off the lead. Graeme McDowell picks up a shot with a nice birdie at the par-4 10th hole to get back to 1 over for the tournament. Meanwhile, Beau Hossler drops a shot at the par-3 13th hole, but responds with a birdie at the 14th hole to get stay at 3 over. It is shaping up to be an impressive leaderboard, with Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and David Toms all three back of the lead, while Retief Goosen and Martin Kaymer are four back.
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No. 9, Par 4, 449 yards
Tiger is now three shots off the lead and simply is making mistakes with his putter, three-putting from 40 feet at the par-3 8th hole.
• Off the tee: Tiger needs to find a spark, having just completed his front eight at 4 over. Tiger pulls driver and tries to take it up the left side, but instead goes into the rough and will have a very difficult second shot. Furyk also finds the left rough, but finds a nice lie.
• Approach shot: From 128 yards, Tiger hits wedge and hits it in front of the green and bounces on and he’ll have about 10 feet for birdie. Furyk comes up just short of the green and will have an uphill putt for birdie from about 12 feet.
• On the green: Tiger drains the birdie putt on a huge left-to-right break and picks up his first birdie of the day. Furyk doesn’t put enough juice on his birdie attempt and settles for par to stay at even par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 9 holes; 2 over for the tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell falls back to 2 over with a bogey at the par-4 9th hole, finding trouble off the tee. Meanwhile, Beau Hossler birdies the par-4 12th hole to get back to 3 over, tied with seven others, including Tiger.
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No. 8, Par 3, 200 yards
The par at the par-4 7th is almost like a bogey for Tiger and is now two shots back of his playing competitor, Jim Furyk.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes 6-iron off the tee, tests the wind and nearly jars it, landing it no more than a foot beyond the hole and it runs out to about 40 feet for his birdie attempt. Furyk finds the back of the green, about 35 feet from the flag.
• On the green: Tiger misses the birdie on the left side of the cup, running it past by about three feet. He misses the comebacker and picks up his fourth bogey in eight holes. Furyk also two-putts for par, putting nice speed on his birdie attempt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (thru 8 holes; 3 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood drains a 40-footer for birdie at the 18th to card a 3-under 67 and move to 2 over, two shots off Jim Furyk’s lead.
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No. 7, Par 4, 288 yards
Tiger is now one off the lead and in solo fifth place and must take advantage of one of Olympic’s few birdie holes.
• Off the tee: Tiger uses fairway metal and tries to bring it in from the left, but finds a greenside bunker and will have a lip to deal with on his second shot. Furyk finds the bunker on the right.
• Around the green: Both players have tough bunker shots, with Tiger puts his to about 18 feet and Furyk to 12 feet.
• On the green: Tiger misses his birdie under the hole and taps in for par, while Furyk takes the outright lead by holing his birdie attempt to get back to even par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 7 holes; 2 over for tournament)
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No. 6, Par 4, 489 yards
There is now a five-way tie for the lead, including Fredrik Jacobson, Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk. Jacobson is 2 under on his round.
• Off the tee: Tiger seems to be finding his comfort zone off the tee again, hammering an iron up the left side of the fairway, giving his club a bit of a flip as soon as he made impact.
• Approach shot: With a downhill lie from 203 yards and in front of the only fairway bunker at Olympic Club, Tiger walks after his 7-iron, but it hits on the false front and rolls back down and is about six yards short of the green.
• Around the green: Tiger hits an aggressive chip and it doesn’t check, running past the hole by 15 feet.
• On the green: Tiger misses to the right and picks up his third bogey of the first six holes. Furyk two-puts for par to stay in a tie for the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (thru 6 holes; 2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Beau Hossler is holding steady, getting through his first nine holes at even par and remains at 3 over for the tournament, now just two shots back.
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No. 5, Par 4, 498 yards
The 4th hole was Tiger’s best of the day, looking more comfortable with his swing, although the putter does seem to be a bit off. Meanwhile, Furyk is holding steady as players position behind him.
• Off the tee: Again with iron, Tiger finds another fairway, landing it on the right and it funnels back toward the middle.
• Approach shot: With 225 yards left, Tiger takes 6-iron and comes up short and in a greenside bunker on the right. He was trying to bring it in from the right, but blocks it. Furyk plays an odd shot and hooks it behind a greenside bunker and in the long rough.
• Around the green: Tiger plays a great bunker shot, leaving it about three feet short of the hole. Furyk takes his shot about 35 feet past the hole, which he’ll have for par.
• On the green: Tiger knocks in his three-footer for par, while Furyk two-putts for a bogey, creating a five-way tie for the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 5 holes; 1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: David Toms has fallen back to 2 over with his third bogey in his first five holes.
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No. 4, Par 4, 438 yards
Tiger is sputtering a bit with his putter early, missing two par saves at Nos. 1 and 3 and now is one shot behind Jim Furyk.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes iron off the tee and puts it right in the middle of the fairway. Furyk finds the long rough on the left, leaving a very tough shot into the green.
• Approach shot: With 167 yards left to the flag, Tiger studies the wind and hits a right-to-left cut shot into the green and lands it right next to the flag and it runs out by about 25 feet behind the hole.
• On the green: Tiger hits a solid putt that tracks just past the hole and he taps in for par. Furyk misses his birdie putt, but makes an easy par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 4 holes; 1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Fredrik Jacobson has strung together three straight birdies Nos. 7-9 to move into a share of second at 1 over. Beau Hossler has also birdied the seventh for the third straight day, moving back to 3 over.
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No. 3, Par 3, 247 yards
Now in a two-way tie for the lead, Tiger and Furyk approach the long par 3, playing more than 250 yards.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes it up the left side, but comes up short of the green, getting a nice kick out of the rough, but he’ll have a long shot to the pin in the back of the green. Furyk finds the rough on the right.
• Around the green: Tiger uses putter from about 90 feet, and he leaves it about eight feet short of the hole. Furyk nearly holes out from the rough, hitting the flagstick and has a 5-footer for par.
• On the green: Tiger misses the putt to the right and taps in for a second bogey of the day. Furyk makes his par to take the outright lead by one over four others.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 3 holes; 1 over for the tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Michael Thompson, who entered the day at 1 over and started off with a birdie on No. 1, just doubled the par-4 fourth hole. He also bogeyed No. 3 and is currently at 3 over. Also, John Peterson just bogeyed the par-3 third hole to fall back to 2 over.
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No. 2, Par 4, 428 yards
The lead has been cut to one shot with Tiger, Jim Furyk and David Toms all picking up bogey at the par-4 1st hole.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes another iron and smacks it down the right side of the fairway and it kicks to the left and into the middle of the fairway. It continues to run and should have a nice look with his approach. Jim Furyk is also safe in the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger takes his ball out to the right and hooks it back in slightly, holding the green on the right side and giving himself about 35 feet for birdie. Furyk finds a greenside bunker in the back.
• On the green: With a right-to-left bender, Tiger leaves his delicate birdie attempt about 18 inches short of the cup and makes his par. Furyk gets up-and-down from the bunker for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 2 holes; Even for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: David Toms pars the second hole, but bogeys the third hole to fall out of a tie for the lead. Lee Westwood is now just three shots back at 3 over after a birdie on the par-4 11th. Westwood stuck his second shot about 4 feet from the hole to set up his second straight birdie and fourth of the round. He’s 2 under for the round and charging with seven holes to play.
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No. 1, Par 4, 520 yards
Tiger is wearing a lime green shirt, with no sweater or jacket, as the temperatures in San Francisco are hovering around 70, with a light breeze at about 6 mph.
• Off the tee: Tiger pulls iron and hits it up the left side and catches the rough, leaving him a tough shot into the green, as the ball did not run very far down the fairway. Jim Furyk finds the fairway with driver in hand.
• Second shot: With more than 240 yards left to the flag, Tiger simply takes his medicine and lays up about 100 yards short of the green. Furyk flares his shot out to the right and will be chipping from a gully to the right of the green.
• Third shot: With wedge in hand, Tiger plays a good shot that lands about eight feet under the hole and rolls about 12 feet to the right of the pin. He’ll have that to save par. Furyk takes his chip about 12 feet past to the left of the flag.
• On the green: Tiger takes his time studying the putt and leaves his par putt about an inch short, opening with a bogey. Furyk doesn’t give his par putt enough juice and two-putts for bogey. There is three-way tie for the lead at even par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 1 hole; Even for the tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: David Toms drops out of red figures with a bogey at No. 1, while John Peterson, Nicolas Colsaerts and Graeme McDowell all par the first hole to stay at 1 over.
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Update #21: 3:01 p.m. PDT
Beau Hossler is hanging in there. After a bogey at No. 3, Hossler birdies the par-4 4th (he double-bogeyed the hole on Friday) to get back to 3 over and in a tie for ninth.
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Update #20: 2:56 p.m. PDT
Phil Mickelson celebrated his 42nd birthday with a 1-over 71, falling to 8 over for the tournament. A sloppy bogey at the 18th kept Mickelson from carding his best round of the tournament.
Blake Adams opened his round with a bogey at the 1st, falling back to 3 over. Meanwhile, Hunter Mahan – who has won twice on Tour this season – birdies No. 2 and is now 2 over.
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Update #19: 2:48 p.m. PDT
Michael Thompson recovered nicely from some trouble off the tee, knocking his third shot from just off the fairway at No. 1 into the hole for an unlikely birdie to get to even par for the tournament. Thompson was the first-round leader after shooting a 4-under 66 to lead by three shots.
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Update #18: 2:45 p.m. PDT
Lee Westwood didn’t stay in the top 10 very long, missing on the low side on a 10-foot par putt on No. 8 to fall back to 1 under for the day and 4 over for the tournament.
Jason Dufner (3 over) has started his round with two pars, while Hunter Mahan pars No. 1 to stay at 3 over as well.
Meanwhile, Beau Hossler drops a shot at the par-3 3rd hole, finding the rough in front of the green and putting a bit too much on his chip and running just off the green. The bogey pushes Hossler to 4 over for the tournament.
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Update #17: 2:38 p.m. PDT
Beau Hossler, 17, exorcises his second-hole demons with a solid par to stay at 3 over for the tournament, in a nine-way tie for ninth place.
Through play thus far for the week, the course is playing at an average of 74.25, with the front nine holes playing nearly three shots over par.
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Update #16: 2:33 p.m. PDT
Jordan Spieth fired a 1-under 69 for his first round in the 60s at a major, but the 18-year-old said it was a grind at Olympic Club.
“Off the tee, it’s the most demanding. The course is really fast. Balls are bouncing in the fairway. And they’re severely sloped. Even though it’s an average yardage of 25 yards you’re hitting into throughout the course, you really only have ten yards to hit it in. You’re trying to place a drive out there that’s going to carry 275 in a 10-yard space. So everyone is going to miss fairways. You pick and choose which side you miss it on. And one it up from there.”
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Update #15: 2:27 p.m. PDT
One of the pre-tournament favorites, Lee Westwood is starting to make a bit of a move, picking up birdies at Nos. 5 and 7 to get to 3 over. He is 2 under on his round. Meanwhile, Retief Goosen birdies the par-4 10th to also get to 3 over.
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Update #14: 2:21 p.m. PDT
Big Beau Hossler cards a par at the first hole after a nice approach shot that rolled onto the green. Solid start for the 17-year-old. He now heads to the par-4 2nd hole, where his “bogey train” started on Friday.
Meanwhile, Webb Simpson jumps back into the top 10 with a birdie at No. 10 after a bogey at No. 9. He is at 3 over with eight others, including Hossler.
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Update #13: 2:15 p.m. PDT
Looks like there might be an advantage to playing early, with Casey Wittenberg – who has the low round of the day at 3-under 67 – telling the media after his round:
“I think by the time Tiger and those guys tee off, I think (course is) going to be a brick.”
There are already four rounds in the 60s. There were only seven on Friday and six on Thursday.
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Update #12: 2:09 p.m. PDT
Overnight sensation Beau Hossler – a trending topic on Twitter for the better half of six hours on Friday afternoon after the 17-year-old took the lead – has teed off on No. 1, booming a big drive down the middle of the fairway. Hossler says his goal is to be low amateur in the tournament and is four shots clear of Jordan Spieth, who carded a 1-under 69 to get to 7 over for the tournament. Patrick Cantlay is at 9 over after a 1-over 71.
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Update #11: 2:04 p.m. PDT
Casey Wittenberg has carded the round of the day thus far, using an eagle at the par-4 7th hole to fire a 3-under 67 and move to 5 over for the tournament. Wittenberg had three birdies and two bogeys as well.
Lee Westwood (thru 5), Retief Goosen (thru 8) and Kevin Chappell (thru 6) are all 1 under on their respective rounds and sitting at 4 over.
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Update #10: 1:41 p.m. PDT
Rickie Fowler is in the clubhouse with his best round of the tournament, a 1-over 71 and is currently T-56. Fowler has hit only 29 of 54 greens in regulation, while finding the fairway only 18 of 52 times, which simply won’t get it done at the surgical Olympic Club.
Every player at T-9 has yet to tee off on Saturday with the exception of Webb Simpson, who just birdied the par-4 7th hole to get to 3 over. He is 2 under on his round.
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Update #9: 1:37 p.m. PDT
More red numbers are starting to show up, with eight players now under par for the day, led by Angel Cabrera who is 2 under through 16 holes.
Steve LeBrun is in the clubhouse with a 1-under 69, a day after he birdied the par-3 8th hole (his final hole of the day) to make the cut and secure the third tee time off No. 1 this morning. LeBrun is a Florida Atlantic product making his first U.S. Open appearance.
Meanwhile, Lee Westwood is even on the day thru four holes and is still at 5 over, six shots off the lead.
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Update #8: 1:05 p.m. PDT
The USGA just released plenty of details about course set-up for Saturday, and needless to say, the course may be tougher than the past two days.
On the greens: This morning’s green speeds once again averaged in the low 13s on the USGA Stimpmeter immediately after the cut and roll. They will settle out in the mid 12s by midday.
Water management: Hand-watering was applied to all putting greens last night; more water was applied to all the greens this morning. The amount of hydration was based on firmness and moisture readings. All fairways, green approaches and closely mown areas were watered on an as-needed basis last night. There has been an attempt to mimic firmness conditions from rounds 1 and 2.
One big observation: The par-5 16th hole will play at full length, a monstrous 671 yards with the pin all the way in the back. Getting there in three shots – and accurately – will be a test.
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Update #7: 12:35 p.m. PDT
There are some numbers out there to be had at Olympic, although they are few and far between.
Jordan Spieth (thru 12) and Alex Cejka (thru 7) are both 2 under on their rounds, with Spieth on the back-10 – the easier of the two sides. Spieth has moved to 6 over overall, while Cejka is at 5 over.
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Update #6: 12:31 p.m. PDT
The beauty of the U.S. Open is that you get to know players that might otherwise fly under the radar.
Jeff Curl, a pro since 2001, made the cut on the number on Friday and is currently one of six players on the course playing Olympic at under par, posting nine straight pars to start the day and then snagging a birdie at the par-4 10th hole.
Curl has not exactly lit up the Nationwide Tour, making a little more than $235,000 in his career, while registering one small paycheck on the PGA Tour. In six events on the Nationwide this season, he has two missed cuts, but is coming off a T-6 performance at the Rex Hospital Open (an event James Hahn won, who also qualified for the U.S. Open, but missed the cut).
Curl’s father, Rod, played on the PGA Tour for many years.
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Update #5: 12:24 p.m. PDT
Webb Simpson, who missed his last two cuts on the PGA Tour (The Players and Memorial), opened his third round with a birdie to get to 4 over. Simpson was T-14 at Congressional in 2011, his first appearance in a U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson is still riding the Olympic roller coaster, with bogeys at Nos. 2 and 6 with a birdie sandwiched in between at No. 4. He is 8 over for the tournament, nine shots back of the lead.
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Update #4: 11:56 a.m. PDT
Jordan Spieth is a model of consistency thus far on Saturday, putting up pars on holes Nos. 1 thru 7, a birdie on No. 8 and another par at No. 9. Spieth had been 7 over on holes Nos. 1 thru 6 in the first two rounds.
Of the players on the course, only five are in red figures.
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Update #3: 11:50 a.m. PDT
Patrick Cantlay is stringing together some good holes, moving to 1 under on his round behind birdies at Nos. 7, 8 and 10. He also got through the tough opening six holes at 1 over and is only 4 over on those holes for the week. Cantlay is
Phil Mickelson is currently playing his fourth hole of the day, dropping a shot at the par-4 2nd hole and is now 8 over for the tournament. Playing competitor Alex Cejka is 1 under on his round to get to 6 over.
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Update #2: 11:01 a.m. PDT
Angel Cabrera has jumped out of the games in nice fashion, picking up birdies at Nos. 4 and 5 – which are tough holes to even produce par – to moe to 6 over for the tournament. Cabrera is playing with one of the three amateurs to make the cut, Jordan Spieth. The Texas sophomore received a late invite after Brandt Snedeker withdrew on Monday and then also received some good fortune on Friday when the cut line moved back to 8 over, allowing him to stick around for the weekend.
The only other red figure on the course right now is Kevin Streelman, who is 1 under thru his first seven holes. Streelman was the first player off the tee this morning.
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Update #1: 10:17 a.m. PDT
Nick Thompson – brother of LPGA teen star Lexi Thompson – has teed off with Casey Wittenberg, both of them at 8 over and making the cut on the number.
Lexi is headed to the CVS Charity Classic next week while Nick’s brother Curtis is currently playing in the Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, Pa.
As a parent, who do you choose to follow?
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2012 U.S. Open: Third-round coverage
• Tee times: Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk will tee off in the last pairing at 3:05 p.m. PDT. Pairings.
• Burning questions: Can Jim Furyk or David Toms really handle Tiger Woods? Who should you look out for on Saturday? Our staff debates 5 burning questions . . . 5 Things.
• Calculated risk: Charl Schwartzel is willing to put his health and career in semi-jeopardy to compete this weekend at The Olympic Club. Story.
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2012 U.S. Open: Second-round coverage
• Just like old times: Despite the Hollywood buzz and huge galleries surrounding the Open’s rock-star group, one player emerged in a league of his own – Tiger Woods, simply reminiscent of old times. Story.
• Sneaking in: Phil Mickelson’s birdie on the par-3 eighth to close his second round got him under the cutline, which fell at 8 over at the end of Friday. Others, including Vijay Singh and Dustin Johnson, weren’t so lucky. Story.
• Beau-dacious: At 17, Beau Hossler never expected to be leading a U.S. Open. But, for a short time, the world took notice of a teenager maturing before our eyes. Story.
• Ambassador of awards: What’s a major championship without a few well-deserved awards? Jim Achenbach doles out titles to players including Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner, among others. Story.
• Made for this: Aside from Tiger Woods, when it comes to U.S. Open golf, perhaps no one in the field at Olympic is as dependable as Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk. Story.
• Hanging around: Ernie Els may have shot 1-under 69 Friday, but the veteran, playing in his 20th U.S. Open, was just glad to get through Friday’s round at Olympic. Story.
• ‘Doesn’t come easy:’ Defending U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy won’t be around for the weekend at Olympic after missing the cut for the fourth time in his past five starts. Story.
• In the hunt: Steve Stricker has a solid U.S. Open track record, but has never finished better than T-13. Could his strong finish Friday, which has him at 4 over, change that? Story.
• Take notice: Don’t look now, but Nicolas Colsaerts’ stock is steadily rising. The Belgian claimed one of six sub-par rounds in the morning wave at Olympic Club. Story.
• Nothing to lose: John Peterson has never been short on opinions, but he let his game do the talking on Friday as he vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open. Story.
• Prolonged ouch: Nos. 1-6 at Olympic Club are a different kind of difficult. They’re so bad, in fact, that the 156-man U.S. Open field played them in 410-over par on Thursday. Story
• Burning questions: There are plenty of storylines to watch on Friday at the U.S. Open – including how Michael Thompson will hold up as a leader – so we debated five that will be prevalent as the cut is made at Olympic Club. Story
• Outside the spotlight: Tiger Woods is so close to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, it’s distracting. Alex Miceli lists a handful of other scenarios that are just as entertaining. Story