PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The leaders still aren’t scheduled to tee off for more than an hour but here are some of the things that we already know about the third round of the U.S. Open here at Pebble Beach:
– Tiger Woods will not win. He’s made two bogeys in the first three holes and does not appear to have a “run” in him today. He’s 6 over and nine shots off the lead.
– The other TW from Stanford, Tom Watson, made a little bit of a move. He missed a short birdie putt on the 18th hole but still shot 70 – with four birdies and three bogeys – and continues to amaze at the ripe young age of 60.
– There are birdies out there and U.S. Open Saturday, historically a difficult day, seems to be the easiest setup of the week. David Duval was 4 under through six holes and Davis Love III was 5 under through nine holes.
– For the second consecutive major, Tiger Woods has been criticized. Billy Payne took Woods to task at the Masters for his off-course behavior and here, USGA executive director David Fay told reporters that Woods was wrong to criticize the greens on Thursday. “He’s off on his facts,” Fay said. “These putting surfaces have never been better.”
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