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The BBC's Russell Fuller
"Woods takes a 10 shot lead into the final round"
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Tiger Woods
"I've got on a roll"
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Ernie Els
"we need breeze out there to catch him"
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Sunday, 18 June, 2000, 03:56 GMT 04:56 UK
Woods moves towards title
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods was in awesome form again
Tiger Woods set another record on his way to opening up a ten shot lead in the US Open in Pebble Beach.

The world no. 1 posted a three round total of eight-under-par, a shot better than the 54 hole total set in this tournament in 1921 by James Barnes.

After leading by a record six at halfway - and equalling the lowest-ever 36-hole aggregate of 134 - Woods battled through strong winds for most of his third round to add a level par 71.

Woods already holds the record win in the US Masters, an 18-under-par total in 1997, with his nearest rival 12 shots behind.

The biggest star in golf is the only player with a score better than par and barring a catastrophe is set to win his third mahor title.

Triple bogey


Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood: A birdie at the 18th saved his round
Woods even recovered from a triple bogey at the third and seemed incredibly relaxed throughout the round, in contrast to his serious demeanour seen so often on the American tour.

His lead is the biggest going into the final day of any major since Henry Cotton also lead by ten at the 1934 Open at Sandwich.

On yet another difficult day at the picturesque Pebble Beach course, South African Ernie Els leapt into second place with a fantastic round of 68.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington would have shared second place, but for calling a penalty on himself first thing in the morning when his ball moved just as he was about to putt.

He was forced to settle for a share of third place with Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who could only manage a 76.

Lee Westwood, who created his own piece of history at the end of his second round by becoming the first player in four US Opens at Pebble Beach to eagle the 543-yard last (he made a 70-foot putt), finished his third round with a 25-footer for birdie.

It was "only" for a 76, but he goes into the final day in joint seventh place.

Disaster

Colin Montgomerie's round turned into a disaster between the seventh and 10th rounds, where he eight shots.

Fellow Britain Darren Clarke faired even worse, finishing on 16 over thanks to an 83.

Out in 41 as well with double bogeys at the second and eighth, the Ulsterman then had a triple bogey on the 16th, a bogey on the short 17th and a double bogey seven at the last.

Six time major winner Nick Faldo managed par at the first five holes, but quickly slipped down the leaderboard, dropping six shots during the next 12 holes, before making a birdie at the last for a 76.

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