Brandel Chamblee - June 17, 2012


The thing that struck him most about Tiger Woods in the third round was the fact that he looked like any other player under Major Championship pressure. He seemed to be a bit confused with his swing on the course and he saw someone who was struggling from uneven lies and with his short irons…

There are a number of players at +4 along with Woods and when you look at the history of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, no 54-hole leader has been able to hold on to win. However, The Olympic Club is playing as a leader’s course this year because it is so difficult. It is quite a task to make a run at the leaders especially over the first 6 holes so as co-leaders, Furyk and McDowell will start the final round with a significant advantage over the rest of the field.

The biggest story may have been Tiger Woods on Saturday but the biggest surprise is Beau Hossler. As a teenager, he is doing things in the U.S. Open that have not been done in about 100 years. Hossler is helped significantly by having a great teacher in Jim Flick who Chamblee knows and is a big fan of. As a result of this relationship, Hossler has been able to develop good swing habits and does not suffer from the pitfalls that many other young players suffer from in their swings.

Looking at the final pairing of Furyk and McDowell, he is leaning towards McDowell especially if the wind blows because McDowell has a better ball flight off the tee and he is driving the ball better than Furyk is. Something that he has noticed about Furyk this week is that when he is in the fairway and under pressure, he misses to the right and if you miss to the right at The Olympic Club, you are in big trouble. McDowell is the best player on the PGA TOUR when it comes to his approach shots so he is inclined to give the advantage to the 2010 U.S. Open Champion in the final round.