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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 June 2007, 07:39 GMT 08:39 UK
US Open third round as it happened
Tiger Woods
Woods cards a highly impressive 69 on day three at Oakmont

Leaders:
+2 (18) A Baddeley
+4 (18) T Woods
+5 (18) P Casey
+5 (18) S Ames
+5 (18) J Rose
+5 (18) B Watson

Australia's Aaron Baddeley birdied the last for a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods going into the final round of the 107th US Open at Oakmont Country Club.

Baddeley shot a level-par 70 for two over as Woods ended four over after a highly impressive 69.

Paul Casey carded 72 for five over along with Justin Rose (73), Stephen Ames (73) and Bubba Watson (74).

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker posted early six overs but England's Nick Dougherty slipped to nine over.

ACTION AS IT HAPPENED (All times BST)

By Rob Hodgetts

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0040: What a day. Tiger Woods has won 12 majors but has never won coming from behind after the third round. He's two adrift of Aussie firebrand Aaron Baddeley. Game on. See you back here tomorrow.

0034: Overnight leader Angel Cabrera finishes in disappointing fashion with two closing bogeys for a 76 and six over. Bubba Watson ends with a 74 for five over and will rue his hot-headed triple bogey on nine.

0032: "I felt a little bit out of sorts today," said Justin Rose. "I found a little groove with my putter and made some key putts coming in. I'm still in the hunt but the key tomorrow is to get off to a better start. Anyone can still win."

0029: Angel Cabrera drives into a ditch on 18 and after much debate and to-ing and fro-ing he hacks out into the fairway.

0024: Angel Cabrera bogeys 17 as Bubba Watson pars. Justin Rose finds the bunker on 18 and takes three more to get down for 73 to slip back to five over, two adrift of playing partner Aaron Baddeley, who birdies 18 to card 70 for two over.

0017: Angel Cabrera takes a driver at the reachable par-four 17th but fires from the left rough into the right rough over the green.

0015: Stephen Ames and his teeth bogey the last to take 73 and end five over.

0012: "The greens have changed from yesterday. They're not as receptive. They're brown, they're crusty, they're difficult so I'm quite happy with that. I've got to take the positives out of it. I made some birdies."
Paul Casey after a 72.

0015: Aaron Baddeley makes a good par from a horrible lie in the bunker on 17. Justin Rose dribbles in a super-brave putt to save his par to stay four over. He may look a bit like a gawky school kid but he's got some kahunas.

0007: Justin Rose struggles on the short par-four 17th, finding rough and the left bunker before splashing out to eight feet.

2356: Paul Casey, with his luxurious sideburns and tight trousers, cards 72 to end five over.

2353: Justin Rose draws on all his Augusta experience of contending in the final round to drain his par putt to stay four over. Aaron Baddeley misses his to slip to three over, one clear.

2350: Justin Rose sees his chip roll a good 10 feet past on 16 as Aaron Baddeley splashes out of the right bunker to six feet. On 15, Bubba Watson drops a shot to slip to five over.

2342: Leader Aaron Baddeley drops a shot at the 15th to slip to two over as playing partner Justin Rose misses his birdie chance but makes the one coming back to stay four over.

2329: Justin Rose picks up his second straight birdie on 13 to get back to four over.

2323: The imperious Tiger Woods drops his first shot of the day on 18 after finding the fairway bunker with his drive. Playing partner Nick Dougherty drops another shot to end nine over.

2308: Aaron Baddeley birdies 12 to lead at two over. Nick Dougherty takes a double on the driveable par-four 17th to slide to eight over. Niclas Fasth also makes double at 13 to drop to five over. Tiger Woods makes a nervy par putt on 17 to stay three over.

2303: Angel Cabrera shanks one virtually at right angles from the rough on 12.

2256: Tiger Woods drives through the back of the 313-yard par-four 17th. Playing partner Nick Dougherty hoiks his drive into the bundu left of the green.

2248: Tiger Woods pars 16 to stay three over as Jim Furyk birdies 17 and 18 to end on six over and a share of the clubhouse lead with Steve Stricker.

2236: Angel Cabrera's bogey on 10 brings Tiger Woods into the lead for the first time.

2226: Justin Rose is hanging on by his fingertips here and is in danger of letting go as he drops another one to slide to six over.

"I've gotta say I know nothing about golf but I asked my mate who to bet on. He said Casey so I chucked 15 quid e/w on the geezer at 66/1. Let's hope he's still in contention come end of round 3. Tiger Woods is tooo good though, sounds harsh but I hope he injures himself. Goooooo Casey lad."
Robinson47 on 606

2220: Bubba Watson runs up a triple-bogey seven on nine. Paul Casey bogeys 11. The Englishman is wearing white strides. I'd rather wear Ian Poulter's pink ones (washed obviously) than white. No-one wears white. Unless they're in a disco. And they're female.

2215: Bubba Watson completely duffs a chip from the rough on nine and then rushes up and spanks his third through the green. He's lost his head. I've had a few hot-headed moments on golf courses, but then I've never been leading the US Open at the time.

2212: Justin Rose three-putts nine from 25 feet to slip back to five over, three over for the day.

2207: Tiger Woods is on fire with his approach play but misses yet another birdie putt to stay three over after 13.

"If Tiger Woods wins this he should run for president."
Iain Fraser, golf nut from Troon, via text

"Fasth to make the play-offs with Tiger."
Thanks a lot BBC [honestly!], from 606

2159: Tiger Woods just misses another birdie, this time at the 12th, to stay three over.

2154: A two-shot swing as lefty Bubba Watson birdies seven and Angel Cabrera bogeys.

2149: Paul Casey bogeys nine to slip back to three over. Of the leading five, only Niclas Fasth isn't wearing blue.

2142: Vijay Singh cards a level-par 70 for eight over. Justin Rose pars the 7th to stay four over. Graeme McDowell is struggling and slides to 10 over after 10.

2139: Nick Dougherty is getting into the Woods experience and birdies 11 to inch back to five over.

2137: Angel Cabrera drops a shot at the 6th. Steve Stricker fires 68 after holing his second on the last for six over.

2134: Paul Casey hands a shot straight back at eight to slip to two over.

2128: Justin Rose is faltering but makes a good par save on six to stay four over.

2120: Justin Rose slides his par putt past on five and makes bogey, as does Aaron Baddeley. Paul Casey birdies seven to get to one over.

Vijay Singh birdies 16 and 17 to get to six over.

2113: Bubba Watson makes a bit of a hash of the 4th as Angel Cabrera just misses out on his eagle. The Argentine goes back ahead at level par, two clear of the pack.

2108: Nick Dougherty almost chips in on nine. He stays six over.

2056: Niclas Fasth eagles four to get to two over. But Paul Casey "escapes" with a bogey five at the 5th after much adventuring to go back to two over.

"Tiger seems to have birdie chances on every hole today. My prediction - Woods leading at +2 by the close of play."
Electricmriain on 606

2053: Ian Poulter cards 72 for 11 over. "I played awesome today," he said. "But I only made two birdie putts. The course is playing pretty good today. Someone can go out and shoot a score."

2043: Paul Casey misses his eagle chance on the 4th but knocks in the birdie to get to one over. Tiger Woods misses his birdie chance on seven to stay three over, while Angel Cabrera narrowly misses a birdie on the 2nd.

2025: Ernie Els cards 74 for 13 over. Everyone seems to be in blue today. Apart from Ian Poulter, obviously. He's dressed as a Pittsburgh Steeler in yellow and black.

2018: Paul Casey birdies the 2nd to get to two over. It's all change at the top as Carl Pettersson gets to three over and Justin Rose drops to three over.

2015: Tiger Woods misses his shortish birdie chance on five to stay three over. Nick Dougherty drops a shot though.

Back on the 1st it's boom-boom time as big-hitters Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera set off in the final group.

It's game on folks, they're all out there. Sit back and enjoy the fireworks. There'll be plenty of drama tonight.

2006: Justin Rose tees off down the 1st but wallops it right to embarrassed murmurs and is fortunate that it hits a rather portly-looking spectator and nestles in the rough. Playing partner Aaron Baddeley hooks it left.

David Toms birdies the 3rd to get back to three over.

2002: Tiger Woods has a 20-foot eagle putt on the 4th and puts it a tee-peg's width wide. The birdie takes him to three over, just three off the lead. The world number one means serious business.

Playing partner Nick Dougherty fires in a fine approach to 10 feet and rolls in the birdie to get back to five over. He doesn't look too overawed by the Woods circus so far.

1956: Paul Casey leaves his birdie putt an inch short on the 1st to stay three over.

1946: I just caught myself shouting "Get in the hole" in true American style as Nick Dougherty putted for par on the 3rd. Sorry about that. I'll try to keep some decorum. Fortunately, it worked and he stays six over.

Tiger Woods slots in a neat birdie and edges ominously to four over.

1943: Nick Dougherty makes his way down the 3rd via two fairway bunkers. Back on the 1st, the smiling, white-trousered Paul Casey tees off with Brandt Snedeker. He actually tees off with a driver, but he's playing with Snedeker.

American Scott Verplank is the highest-placed player on course at four over after one.

1934: Nick Dougherty holes out from about 12 feet for his par to stay six over. Tiger Woods gets down in two from about 50 feet and remains five over.

1932: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell bogeys the 1st to slip back to six over.

1930: Nick Dougherty is in more trouble after coming up short with a nine iron on the 2nd. Tiger Woods splashes out from the fairway bunker and watches in agony as it trickles back down the green, coming to rest about 50 feet away to cries of "stap, stap". That's how it sounded anyway.

1924: Denmark's Anders Hansen, the recent PGA Championship winner at Wentworth, is officially last after a second straight 79 to be 19 over.

South African Rory Sabbatini is next worst on 18 over, which is great news, though not necessarily for him. He was on my shortlist to back before the tournament. In the end, I didn't get round to backing anyone, but Quincy82 on 606 did.

He got American Jerry Kelly at 220-1 earlier this week. Kelly is now four over, the highest-placed player out there after a birdie on the 2nd.

1916: Tiger Woods shaves the cup with his birdie effort but taps in for par to stay five over. Nick Dougherty misses his par putt to slide back to six over.

1912: Tiger Woods looks to have his game face on, though when does he not really? He fires into the heart of the 1st green, in keeping with his stated strategy of staying below the holes to give him uphill putts. Nick Dougherty nudges his out of the rough down the fairway and spins his approach to about eight feet.

American Jerry Kelly is the highest-placed player on course at five over after one. Ernie Els picks up another birdie at 13 to get to 12 over. 1905: Tiger Woods and Nick Dougherty set off down the 1st. Woods is in azure blue shirt and navy strides, Dougherty in a similar shirt and grey slacks. Woods booms one down the middle, Dougherty finds the thick stuff. One up to the dark troozas.

Up ahead, Vijay Singh bogeys the 7th to slip back to seven over.

1900: American Hunter Mahan joins Vijay Singh at six over with birdies at three and four.

"I've got a quid on Niclas Fasth at 50-1. I thought it was a long shot at the time, but its not looking too bad at the moment!"
Lee at Heathrow, via text.

1853: "I've got to try to hit double digits in fairways off the tee."
Paul Casey explains his gameplan before the third round.

1850: Ernie Els arrests his horror run of three bogeys and a double with a birdie at the 11th to inch back to 13 over.

1846: "I have just put my money on Verpank 25/1 and Pettersson 50/1."
Carlmidd on 606

Well, anyone reckon Carlmidd is quids in? Who's yer money on now?

1840: Vijay Singh makes another move with a birdie on the 5th to get to six over. He's looking good here.

1830: Ernie Els fans may want to look away now. But this being a text commentary, you won't know when to look back, so just brace yourself instead...yer man bogeyed three straight holes going into the turn and is 12 over.

"We're just trying to keep the head attached for another two rounds," said Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell before his third round. McDowell leads the greens in regulation stats this week and at five over, he is right in contention.

1820: England's Lee Westwood pars the 1st to stay seven over.

1815: News for Ian Poulter fans. He's garbed in Pittsburgh Steelers colours today - canary yellow pants, black shirt, yellow visor. Oh, and he's nine over for the event after six holes.

Ken Duke, younger son of Uncle Jesse, is the only other man under par for the day beside Vijay Singh. Kenboy is one under after eight holes, eight over for the tournament.

1800: Vijay Singh takes over as "current best mover" (though I suspect not on the dance floor, although having said that he would probably practise longer and harder than anyone else and may well have a bit of languid, rhythmical Fijian-ness about him)

Anyway, Singh has birdied the 2nd to inch to seven over. Possibly one for a shortlist.

Ian Poulter hands his shot back at the 5th to slip to nine over, while Ernie Els drops his first shot at the 7th to slide to 10 over.

1750: Poor old Kevin Sutherland is having a shocker. The American was right up there the other day and is now right down there in dead last. He's seven over after 10 holes, 17 over for the tournament. Oops.

1735: In response to my question of what will be leading tonight (I said one over. See below):

"1 over would lead the tournament after 54 holes, but then I think so would 2 over. My guess is 3 over to be in the final grouping."
Flippinmurder on 606

"This course is brutal. Could be as much as 3 or 4 over. Lets hope Casey puts in another great round to prove us all wrong."
Nigusa on 606

1729: Huzzah and hurrah. Let's hear it for England. Well, Ian Poulter anyway. He becomes the only player currently under par for the day with a birdie at the 3rd for eight over.

Ernie Els has had five straight pars to stay nine over but Jose Maria Olazabal drops one at the 2nd. (Does that sort of puerile nonsense still make anyone else giggle? Just me then.)

1722: Jose Maria Olazabal and Ben Curtis are the highest-placed players on the course at eight over after they both parred the 1st.

I don't know about you lot, but I've got bit of a soft spot for former Open champion Curtis. People might say it was a fluke and a one-off but he was the one who held his nerve when all about were burying theirs in the sand. Thomas Bjorn, anyway.

And he's played some decent-ish stuff since. More than Todd Hamilton has, though I wouldn't begrudge him his title either. He was the best for those four days.

1710: Anders Hansen is no longer last. That honour is currently held by...Masters champion Zach Johnson, who is 14 over after six, four over for the day.

Ian Poulter has begun with a par to stay nine over.

Anyone care to take a punt on what the leading score will be tonight? I'll go first and suggest one over. Over to you.

1700: Three straight pars for Ernie but none of the early starters are currently under par for the day. Ominous signs? Some great American names being bandied about on 606.

"My fave American sportsman is Nascar driver Dick Trickle....what clever parents!!"
Nigusa on 606

1650: The Big Easy negotiates another safe par at the second. Kenneth Ferrie, who scraped into the weekend right on the number, steadies himself with two pars after an opening bogey to stay 11 over.

And Anders Hansen, who won the PGA at Wentworth recently, is four over for the day after seven holes. At 14 over, the Dane is in last place.

1634: The 1994 Oakmont champion Ernie Els is on course and pars the 1st to stay nine over. C'mon Ernie. In a non-biased kind of way.

Ken Duke, Bo and Luke's brother, is also nine over after one. For the tournament, not the hole.

1615: Afternoon all. I'm pumped, having just watched the "Living with Lions" DVD from the 1997 tour to South Africa for the first time ever.

Cycling in to work I had my war face on, and was composing motivational speeches as I went. With plenty of swearing. But now to the rather more genteel environment of golf and Oakmont Country Club.

Mind you, judging by the way the course is playing, I don't think the language will be any prettier out there.

And for the record, my current favourite all-American name is Brandt Snedeker. I can just hear the gym coach giving it, "Snedeker, get down and give me 20."

By James Standley

606: DEBATE

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1609: Ernie Els tees off in just over five minutes, and the big names are in action on here as well as Rob Hodgetts, the doyen of golf-based live text commentary, has eased himself into the hot seat just across the office from me. Enjoy the pain people, this could get messy scores-wise.

1606: "The most American sounding (and genuine) name I can think of is former NFL coach Marty Shottenheimer, only an American could combine those two names, or for a non sporting how about Lawrence Eagleburger?
stuartoxford on 606

The BBC's political department tells me the aforementioned Lawrence Eagleburger was secretary of state under the first George Bush, as I'm sure you all knew.

1601: Nine players on the course, seven of them over par, two level and none under. And the two who are level - Kevin Sutherland and Marcus Fraser - have only played the first. This could be carnage.

"I wish I could remember my best shot! It probably came when I played the front 9 of the K club (mostly the Ryder Cup back 9) in one over par. This was after lunch, 6 pints of the black stuff..."
gabo1970 on 606

1556: "My own personal best shot was a holed 8 iron from 135 yards over the trees to my last hole for an eagle and a 2 over front nine - sadly only my playing partner at the time saw it!

"Why is there never a gallery when you want one but always a huge one to watch you top your opening drive???"
megagoonerjj on 606

1553: Right, there's seven players on the course, only one of them has played more than two holes and between them they're already a combined five over par.

First man out Goggin has come to grief on the third and slipped back to join the five-man group struggling along on 11 over.

1548: "Here's hoping that Justin Rose has learnt from the Masters and the PGA championship on how to finish what he's started. Perhaps fate will make him the first British winner since Tony Jacklin.

"As for my moment of glory, the 13th on my previous course is a 310yd par four. In nice warm still conditions I ripped a beaut of a drive to 10 ft of the pin. Well at least I walked off with a birdie as you will of guessed the eagle put didn't drop."
driveslikejohndaly on 606

1540: That's more like it, Rory Sabbatini and Michael Campbell - the 2005 champion - both start their rounds with bogeys. They won't be the last.

1538: Estes and Hansen have joined Goggin on the course and between them they have managed four holes without dropping a shot - a sign of better scoring to come, or a false dawn?

1534: "My best shot? A towering pitching wedge to about three inches on the par four fifth at Trent Park in north London.

"A very unusual hole for me in that I followed up a decent three wood off the tee with a perfectly hit wedge that spun back a couple of feet (big pitch mark on green to prove it) stone dead.

"It was only about an 85 yard shot, but as you can't see the green from the fairway I had no idea whether it was close or not as I lost the ball in the sun - one of only a handful of birdies I've ever recorded."
Peter the 606 manager

1528: "Re. more American-sounding name. Yes - Charlston T Gunglefinger Jnr, the Shove-Halfpenny Champion of Nebraska."
voice_of_experience on 606

Some in-depth research reveals the above name is, shockingly, FICTIONAL. There's no room for that on the BBC, anyone got any real examples of sportsmen who could only hail from the good ol' US of A?

1523: Goggin has opened his round with a par at the first to remain 10 shots off the lead. He'll be a relieved man, having started with bogeys in the first two rounds.

1519: A 66 round Oakmont is like scoring a century in a Test when the next highest score was 15.
BBC Five Live's golf correspondent Iain Carter on Paul Casey's superb second round.

1510: Matthew Goggin has got the third round under way at Oakmont.

The Tasmanian turned 33 on Wednesday - I suppose making the cut at the US Open is not a bad belated birthday present.

1445: Afternoon all, the third round of the US Open will get under way shortly at a devilish Oakmont.

The final two rounds see the leaders go out last, so it will be a long time before the men involved at the business end of the leaderboard start swinging.

Because an odd number of players made the cut one man will have to go out on his own and Australia's Mathew Goggin has drawn the short straw.

He tees off at 1005 local time (1505 GMT), followed by American Bob Estes and Denmark's Anders Hansen 10 minutes later.

It will take time for things to really get going so we want to hear from you.

Can one of the three English challengers - Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Nick Dougherty - break their major duck?

Is Tiger Woods capable of coming from five off the pace (well duh)?

And is there anyone in professional sport who has a more American-sounding name than Bubba Watson, who is out in the final pairing with leader Angel Cabrera from Argentina?

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SEE ALSO
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