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GMac calls Woods 'super-human' closer

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BETHESDA, Md. – With the 54-hole leaders collapsing in three of the last four majors, U.S. Open defending champion Graeme McDowell expressed special appreciation Tuesday for the closing skills of Tiger Woods.

“To do what Tiger Woods was doing in the early 2000s, the way he was putting golf tournaments away was super human,” McDowell said.

Woods is 14-1 when leading or sharing the lead after 54 holes in majors.

Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open), Nick Watney (PGA Championship) and Rory McIlroy (Masters) all failed to break 80 holding the lead after three rounds in majors over the last year.

“I had the same problem at The Players Championship,” McDowell said of his 79 in the final round at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course last month. “When you’re out there under a microscope and you make mistakes and you start chasing, it is difficult . . . Sometimes you’ve got to throw a few away to really learn to win.”