Johnson Leads the Way by 3 Woods on the Comeback
It has been a while now since Tiger Woods came roaring to life in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, with his best round of the year and taking him back into contention for the lead. After some sloppy bogeys early on, Tiger Woods managed to find his stride with some fancy putting and some magic shots like the Tiger of older times.
After an accurate downhill birdie putt on the 17th hole. He proceeded with a great shot on the 18th with a 3-wood curving the ball around a cypress and round right back onto the green close to 15 feet, which culminated in a two-putt birdie. This was to be the most birdies Tiger had ever hit in a round in the U.S. Open and he was ecstatic.
“It’s been a while,” Woods said, “I hadn’t played good enough for anyone to cheer anything. So it was nice to actually put it together on the back nine and put myself right back in the championship.” Being in the mix of things is where Tiger Woods excels and makes his game come to life.
Not to be outdone, Dustin Johnson the two times champion and currently defending his title, turned on the heat in his own rights. Birdying his last two holes and hitting a 6-iron for a smooth entry onto the green on the 18th for a 5-under 66 and giving him a three shot lead over Graeme McDowell.
McDowell struggled down the stretch, fell out of the lead on the 17th and finished with an even-par 71. He will play in the final group Sunday, with a familiar face – and a familiar game – directly in front. Woods was alone in third, five strokes back after his own 66.
“I’m going to be tough to beat,” said Johnson, who was at 6-under 207.
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