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Will Olympic Club give a chaser a chance? Not enough of one

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on June 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm with No Comments »
June 17, 2012 1:14 pm

Another fantastic weather day in south San Francisco (technically we are in Daly City, Calif.) for today’s final round of the 112th U.S. Open.

Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk lead.

Will they be there at the end of the day?

A Sunday score is out there because the Olympic Club has softened up ever so slightly. Today’s temperatures are down. A lingering marine layer might help keep some moisture in the fairways and greens. And the finishing stretch – the 16th, 17th and 18th holes – will give birdie opportunities.

Yet, I don’t know if THAT score is out there – say, a 65. Sure, Tiger Woods could be the one who produces that. A 65 would get him under-par for the championship. With that said, I am not sure that would be enough.

Here is my logic: McDowell and Furyk, who have battled their inconsistencies over the past months, are steady Eddies. I can see one of them having a bad round today. Can’t see both. The champion comes out of the final pairing, which means one will end up being a multiple U.S. Open winner.

* Columnist John McGrath wonders if the USGA’s unbending approach toward U.S. Open scoring is the right one.

* UCLA golfer Patrick Cantlay still maintains ties to the Puget Sound area – the Perry family.

* Here is my gamer from the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

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