06/15 18:40 CDT The Latest: Spieth the latest major champion to go backward
The Latest: Spieth the latest major champion to go backward
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) --- The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):
Jordan Spieth made his first birdie of the day. And then he removed his cap and
shook hands with Nate Lashley.
It was the end of his round at the U.S. Open.
Spieth was the latest multiple major champion who needed a good round to get
back in the mix and went the other direction. Tiger Woods had to birdie two of
the last three holes for a 71. Phil Mickelson put one in the ocean for triple
bogey on the 18th for a 75. Spieth made nothing but pars until a double bogey
at No. 11. His birdie at the 18th gave him a 73.
Gary Woodland stretched his lead to four shots at one point with a great par
save on No. 5 and a birdie on the par-5 sixth. But he had his first bogey in 35
holes with a long three-putt from fringe on No. 8, dropping him to 10 under.
Justin Rose made birdie, a two-shot swing that allowed him to close within two
Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was three shots behind as he chases
the ghost of Willie Anderson, the only player to win the U.S. Open three
Phil Mickelson saw his hopes of a career Grand Slam washed out to sea at Pebble
Mickelson's problems began with a bogey on the par-5 14th and a bogey from the
bunker on the par-3 17th. And then it really came undone on the par-5 18th,
when he drove left into the Pacific. He hit a wedge into a bunker and when he
finally walked off the green, Mickelson had a triple bogey and signed for a 75.
The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn't won. This was his fifth try at
completing the slam since he picked up the third leg at Muirfield in the 2013
British Open. Adding to the anticipation this year was that Mickelson won the
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am in February for the fifth time in his career.
Next year the U.S. Open returns to Winged Foot, where Mickelson had a one-shot
lead going into the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open and made double bogey to
finish one shot behind.
Tiger Woods made more birdies Saturday than his previous two rounds combined in
the U.S. Open.
He didn't have a choice after his poor start.
Woods made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th and two-putted for birdied on the
par-5 18th for an even-par 71. His five birdies Saturday were offset by five
bogeys --- three on the opening seven holes. Woods was at even-par 213 for the
Former Masters champion Danny Willett has posted the low round of the day at
Pebble Beach with a 67.
Gary Woodland hit out of another deep divot in the fairway to 2 feet for his
first birdie of the round on No. 4. Most of the late starters are picking up a
birdie or two --- even an eagle or two --- on the opening seven holes. That's
how to score at Pebble Beach.
That's what Woods didn't do.
Patrick Cantlay has shown what kind of scoring day Saturday might be at the
U.S. Open. He shot a 68 long before the leaders teed off, and that's the low
score of the third round so far.
The greens are firmer than the opening two rounds, which is keeping players
from making a run. Dustin Johnson opened with three birdies in seven holes,
along with a bogey on the par-3 fifth. He was at 4 under for the tournament.
Gary Woodland, at 9 under, still has not teed off.
Tiger Woods can't seem to make a putt from above or below the hole. He was 1
over for the day through 14 holes, still 10 shots back. Phil Mickelson was 1
under for the day and seven shots behind. Jordan Spieth played the front nine
with all pars.
Tiger Woods has finally ended his birdie drought at the U.S. Open.
Woods had gone 19 straight holes without a birdie at Pebble Beach before
recording them back-to-back on the fourth and fifth holes in the third round.
Woods had 15 pars and four bogeys in his previous 19 holes, and the birdies
moved him to even par, nine strokes behind Gary Woodland. The leader had yet to
begin his third round.
The two best scores early in the third round are by Danny Willett and Hideki
Matsuyama, both of whom started at even par but moved into contention. Willet
is 4 under through seven holes, and Matsuyama is 3 under on the day.
Tiger Woods got off to a shaky start as he tried to make up ground on the
leaders in the U.S. Open.
Woods pulled an iron off the first tee into the deep rough, couldn't reach the
green with his second shot and missed a 15-foot putt for par.
That left him 10 shots off the lead held by Gary Woodland, who wasn't going to
tee off Saturday for another three hours.
Woods began his round in chilly weather, with the temperature in the mid-50s
and overcast skies. He's playing in a twosome with South Korea's Byeong Hun An.
Tiger Woods was on the putting green in tennis shoes a few hours before his
third round at the U.S. Open, and for good reason.
Woods took 32 putts in the second round and made only one putt longer than 5
feet. That was on his second hole (No. 11), and it was his only birdie in a
round of 72.
Woods has made just three bogeys or worse through 36 holes at Pebble Beach.
That's the fewest he has ever recorded going into the weekend in the 21 U.S.
Opens he has played, including even his dominant win at Pebble Beach in 2000.
Missing are the birdies, which is why Woods is nine shots behind in his bid to
join Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson as the only
four-time winners of the U.S. Open. History is not on his side. In the last 23
U.S. Opens, only one player won from outside the top six on the leaderboard
going into the weekend.
Gary Woodland has the 36-hole lead in the U.S. Open, the second time in his
last four majors he's been ahead at the halfway point.
It's really no lead at all. This U.S. Open is just getting started.
Woodland was two shots ahead of Justin Rose going into the third round, with
the leaders not teeing off until 5:45 p.m. EDT so the broadcast can be in prime
time in the eastern United States.
Woodland was at 9-under 133, the lowest 36-hole score for a U.S. Open at Pebble
Beach. He had a one-shot lead last summer at Bellerive in the PGA Championship,
which Brooks Koepka won.
Koepka was five shots behind in his bid for a record-tying third straight U.S.
Open, and his fifth major in his last nine tries. Tiger Woods was nine back.
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