Pride Seeks Fathers Day Gift

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Dicky Pride is tied for fifth place through three rounds of the U.S. Open; a long way removed from where he was in 2002.
 
The 33-year-old Alabaman battled gallstone pancreatitis, which can be fatal, last spring.
 
Its kind of unbelievable, considering a year and a half ago I was sitting in the hospital in (Orlando, Fla.) about to die, he said after shooting a Saturday 66 to get to 4-under par for the tournament.
 
Pride is competing in his third-career U.S. Open. He missed the cut in 1992 and 2001, never shooting better than 77. His father caddied for him in his debut. Dick, a former golf coach at the University of Alabama, is suffering from Parkinsons and Picks disease.
 
Pick's disease is a form of dementia characterized by a slowly progressive deterioration of social skills and changes in personality, along with impairment of intellect, memory, and language.
 
Dads having a little bit of health problems and, hopefully, hes seen me. Hopefully, hell see me tonight in the interview and know that Im thinking about him and love him very much, said Pride, who is splitting his time this year between the PGA and Nationwide tours.
 
Sunday, of course, is Fathers Day.
 
THE WAIT CONTINUES
 
For the 44th time, it can be written: Phil Mickelsons major championship hopes have been put on hold.
 
Mickelson shot 5-over-par 75 Saturday to fall to 5-over for the tournament. Hes 15 shots behind leader Jim Furyk.
 
Mickelson started the third round seven off the lead, at even par, but made only one birdie and six bogeys. He has just six birdies in three rounds combined this week.
 
Most of the problem can be attributed to his erratic driving. He has hit only 15 of 42 fairways. His 35.7 percent accuracy rates him tied for last in the field.
 
DREAM DEFERRED?
 
While one dream is dead, another is on life support. Mike Weir all-but-lost his opportunity to win the seasonal Grand Slam when he only managed a 2-under 68 Saturday.
 
The Masters champion was rising into contention on the front nine. He shot 4-under 32, to get to 4-under for the tournament, but came home in 2-over 36 to finish the day at 2-under-par 208.
 
Making the turn, obviously, I felt very good. And even the back side I felt very good, he said. Like the first two days, just not making enough putts to sustain any sort of challenge.
 
A three-time winner in 2003, Weir needed 30 putts in round three.
 
Id probably have to shoot a Johnny Miller-like round tomorrow, he said in reference to Millers Sunday 63 to win the 1973 U.S. Open. You never know, it could happen.
 
Miller was six back through 54 holes the year he won; Weir is eight behind Furyk.
 
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