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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
14-17 June, 2007

Angel Cabrera
Cabrera is the first Argentine to win a major since De Vicenzo in 1967

Final leaderboard:
+5 (18) A Cabrera
+6 (18) J Furyk
+6 (18) T Woods
+7 (18) N Fasth
+9 (18) B Watson
+9 (18) D Toms

Angel Cabrera carded 69 to win the US Open by one shot from Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk at Oakmont Country Club.

Woods, needing to birdie the 18th to force an 18-hole play-off on Monday, carded 72 for six over.

Former champion Jim Furyk finished strongly with a 70 for six over with Sweden's Niclas Fasth one further back after a round of 70.

Bubba Watson (74) and David Toms (72) ended nine over with Nick Dougherty (71) and Justin Rose (76) 10 over.


By Rob Hodgetts


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0040: What a great finish to an amazing week. See you all at the Open.

0030: Tiger Woods, chasing a 13th major title, stalks his birdie putt which will force a play-off with Angel Cabrera, who has never won a major. The Argentine watches on intently from the scorer's hut.

Woods eventually settles over his ball and sends the putt on its way but it stays right and Cabrera is the US champion.

0025: Aaron Baddeley signs off with a round of 80 for 12 over after leading by two at the start of play.

0020: Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams have a long discussion over their choice of club and type of shot for the second into 18.

They settle on a wedge and Woods takes a fat divot as he flies it almost pin-high. The ball rolls 20 feet past leaving Woods a simple task - hole it. Only trouble is, he's had one birdie on the last 31 holes.

0015: A twirl of the driver as Tiger Woods looks pleased with his bomb up the last. But he watches it catch the first cut of rough and shakes his head ruefully while Aaron Baddeley, who is 11 over, drives.

Up ahead, Paul Casey, who birdied 17, fires inside 10 feet and holes the birdie putt on 18 to card 76 for 11 over.

0012: Tiger Woods knocks in his par on 17 to give himself a final lifeline going up the last. It's simple - a birdie for an 18-hole play-off with Angel Cabrera on Monday.

0010: Tiger Woods' birdie chip slides a three feet past on 17.

0006: Tiger Woods watches as Aaron Baddeley plays up and then steps into the bunker, a deep, vast crater well below the green. He blasts out but the ball rolls across the green and dribbles into the first cut on the other side.

England's Justin Rose cards a six-over 76 to end 11 over, while Bubba Watson ends with a 74 for nine over.

0000: Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams opt for a three-wood for the 313-yard par-four 17th. Woods unleashes a high one into the right greenside bunker but will prefer that to the lush rough surrounding the putting surface.

2355: Jim Furyk steps back several times from his par putt but rams it in for par to end with a 70 for six over.

2354: Jim Furyk opts for the putter with his ball nestling against the fringe at the back of the 18th. He walks the course of the putt, has one last crouch behind it and strokes the ball holewards. But it slides right.

Back on 16, Tiger Woods drains his par putt to stay six over.

2350: Tiger Woods thumps his long putt up the ridges and hollows to four feet on the short 16th.

2348: Jim Furyk's approach to 18 flies to the back left of the green and the birdie he needs to catch Angel Cabrera looks like just eluding him.

2343: Tiger Woods finds the putting surface on the short 16th but is 35 feet from the hole. Local lad Jim Furyk slices the 18th fairway in half.

2338: A hugely important putt for Tiger Woods and he studies it from every angle before taking a deep breath at addressing the ball. As he does so, Jim Furyk misses his par putt up ahead and Woods strokes his in.

2337: Jim Furyk lobs his third shot high into the air on 17 to avoid the edge of the bunker and leaves himself with an eight-footer for par. Tiger Woods has six feet for par at 16.

2334: After a massive drive down 18, Angel Cabrera fires his second into the heart of the green. Back on the short par-four 17th, Jim Furyk makes a hash of his chip after driving into the rough.

2331: Sweden's Niclas Fasth fires a stunning approach to inches on 18 to end with a 70 to climb to seven over.

2336: Angel Cabrera misses his par putt on 17 and goes bogey, bogey to rejoin Jim Furyk at five over. But Furyk's drive on 17 finds deep rough.

2323: Angel Cabrera duffs a chip on the 17th to leave him with eight feet for par. Tiger Woods is unable to convert his birdie putt on 14 and Jim Furyk completes a brave par save at 16.

2312: Tiger Woods dribbles his short birdie putt past on the 13th which could prve costly as Angel Cabrera drops a shot on 16.

2310: Jim Furyk bags a third straight birdie to climb to five over.

2307: Tiger Woods drives to five feet on the short 13th.

2306: Nick Dougherty: "As far as my career is concerned I have done a world of good to my profile over here in the States. I have competed against the best players in the world and I have held my own. I'm chuffed with that."

2305: Tiger Woods bombs a huge drive down the 667-yard par-fve 12th but can only get to 20 feet away in three and has to settle for par.

2255: Angel Cabrera fires a stunning approach into the 15th to set up a birdie, while Jim Furyk drains a long one across the 14th green to join Tiger Woods at six over.

2249: One by one they're dropping back but Jim Furyk picks up a shot at the 13th to inch back to seven over, three adrift.

2243: Tiger Woods bogeys the 11th to drop to six over and hand Angel Cabrera a two-shot lead.

2239: Jim Furyk bogeys 11 and 12 to slide to eight over.

2237: Unless someone makes a major league mess of things from now on, the winner of the wooden spoon for last place out of those that made the cut is American George McNeill, who carded 72, 76, 77, 81 to end 26 over.

2231: Nick Dougherty pulls of an impressive par on the last but a bogey at 16 and a missed birdie at 17 ruined any outside hopes he may have had. He cards 71 for 10 over.

Angel Cabrera misses another golden chance to take a two-shot lead.

2228: Tiger Woods stares hard at a 10 footer on the 10th for birdie but doesn't give it enough and the break slides it under the hole to about two feet. He makes the one coming back, though, and marches off muttering to himself.

2223: Angel Cabrera has a six footer for birdie on the monster par-five 12th but misses. He remains the leader by one at four over.

2220: Justin Rose drops a second straight shot to slip to nine over after 11. News of other Britons and Graeme McDowell cards 77 for 17 over, Lee Westwood takes 72 for 18 over and Ian Poulter 77 for 18 over.

2218: Stephen Ames birdies the 10th to edge back to nine over.

2213:Nick Dougherty lips out with his birdie attempt on 17 and slumps to his knees, holding his head in anguish. He's still fighting, and I like that.

2211: Tiger Woods drops his club on the follow-through as he hits a wayward approach to nine.

2206: Justin Rose trickles his par putt past on 10 to slip to eight over.

2201: Tiger Woods chips up to a couple of feet on the long short 8th and makes a safe par. Partner Aaron Baddeley drops a shot, while Nick Dougherty misses a 15ft par putt on 16 to slide to 10 over.

2159: Angel Cabrera birdies the 11th to lead on his own again at four over.

2155: American Steve Stricker becomes the latest to wilt under the pressure and drops back after a double on 10.

2152: Aaron Baddeley's woe's continue with a double bogey on seven to drop to seven over.

2148: Nick Dougherty is battling away and just shaves the cup with a birdie chance on 15 to stay nine over.

2139: Stephen Ames takes a triple-bogey seven at the 7th to slide to eight over.

2132: Tiger Woods treats us to his first fist pump as he holes a clutch par putt on six to stay four over. Justin Rose drops a shot on nine.

2128: Angel Cabrera bogeys nine to drop back to the pack on five over. Tiger Woods splashes out to eight feet on the 6th.

"I may be missing something but it seems to me the players doing 'well' are sporting great shoes, and vice versa. Case in point is Casey and his terrible footwear. Badds on the other foot, where can i get my hands on them?!"
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2125: Tiger Woods finds the same bunker on the 6th that caused Paul Casey so much pain.

2121: Paul Casey runs up a triple-bogey on the short 6th and plummets down the leaderboard. Stephen Ames drops a shot at six to leave Angel Cabrera in the lead on his own at four over.

2115: Paul Casey is in a world of trouble and has to play away from the pin from a bunker on the 6th.

2114: Tiger Woods is in more trouble on the 5th. Angel Cabrera birdies the 300-yard par-three 8th. But Stephen Ames is in trouble at the 6th so it could be a two shot swing.

2106: Aaron Baddeley has a long putt for eagle on the 4th but three-putts to stay five over. Tiger Woods conjures a defet pitch and taps in his birdie to get back to five over.

Paul Casey misses his par on the 6th to drop to seven over.

"What on earth does "lips out" mean? Did he hole it or miss it?"
NN6NTFC on 606

It means the ball rolled around the lip but stayed out.

2101: Bubba Watson lips out for a hole in one on the 6th. Playing partner Justin Rose hits his to six feet but misses the birdie putt.

2055: Justin Rose lips out for birdie on five while Paul Casey misses yet another birdie chnce on four to stay six over.

2049: Tiger Woods lags his first putt on the 3rd and settles for a double-bogey six to slip to six over.

Aaron Baddeley gets his par, while Steve Stricker birdies five and six to share the lead at four over.

2046: Aaron Baddeley wins the chipping contest against Tiger Woods at the back of the 3rd. The Aussie sticks his to about six feet while Woods hoofs his through the other side and leaves the chip coming back halfway.

2044: Justin Rose fires to two feet on the 4th and makes the putt for birdie to get back to six.

2041: Tiger Woods finds Justin Rose country at the foot of the steep slope behind the 3rd green. Playing partner Aaron Baddeley joins him.

2040: Paul Casey bogeys the 3rd to slip to six over.

2033: Angel Cabrera picks up a second straight birdie to get to four over after five.

2030: Tiger Woods has to play away from the pin from the bunker behind the 2nd. His 25-foot third trickles to within a few inches and he takes par.

2027: Justin Rose double bogeys the 3rd to drop to seven over.

2024: Tiger Woods drives into the bunker on the 2nd, while Justin Rose is in trouble on the 3rd.

2020: Paul Casey drives the green on the par-four 2nd but misses a second good birdie chance to stay five over. Angel Cabrera also climbs back to five over with a birdie on the 4th.

2013: Tiger Woods' first putt is tentative but he taps in for par. But Aaron Baddeley drops three after a putting nightmare and sloppy approach work.

2011: Justin Rose answers his bogey at the 1st with a long one for birdie on the 2nd to get back to five over. Behind him, Aaron Baddeley is having a nightmare start and his third shot rolls off the green.

2006: Tiger Woods' drive ends up at more than 340 yards and he pitches from the middle of the fairway to 10 feet. Aaron Baddeley is at least 80-yards behind Woods in the rough and his second catches more long stuff short of the green.

2002: Stephen Ames birdies the 1st to get to four over. Paul Casey settles for a par despite firing his approach to about three feet.

2000: Tiger Woods, in his final-day red, spanks a drive down the 1st. The world numbr one seems to be getting physically bigger by the minute.

US Open leader Aaron Baddeley goes off last but swings within himself and catches the right rough.

1957: Ian Poulter is incredulous as his long birdie putt stays out on nine. He makes a rather rude gesture in the direction of the ball and stays 15 over. Nick Dougherty bogeys six to slip back to nine over.

1952: Justin Rose leaves himself a five-footer but misses left and drops back to six over. Bubba Watson misses from a couple of feet and takes double bogey after a sloppy second. He drops to seven over.

1950: England's Paul Casey and his sideburns and Canada's Stephen Ames and his teeth tip off down the 1st.

Niclas Fasth birdies the 2nd to inch to six over.

1947: Justin Rose heaves a big sigh before hacking out of the rough on the 1st. He does well, and the ball scampers to just short of the fringe.

1944: Young master Dougherty, as Peter Alliss might describe him, answers a bogey on the 3rd with birdies on four and five to get back to eight over, six back.

1940: Justin Rose and Bubba Watson set off down the 1st on their date with destiny. Rose, hiding behind dark shades and wearing a white and blue "cycling" top, looks nervous, takes an age over his drive and drags it left into the rough.

Long-time leader Angel Cabrera is up and running and pars the 1st to stay six over.

1930: Jim Furyk, the 2003 champion, and Steve Stricker set off down the 1st. Not long to go now until this thing goes crazy.

1920: Jerry Kelly birdies the 2nd to inch to seven over, just five back.

1908: The on-course leader is Hunter Mahan, who has birdied the 2nd to reach eight over, just six back. Nick Dougherty, though, drops a shot at the 3rd to slip to 10 over.

1852: "I would definitely take even par today. I'd take five over now and sit in the clubhouse," Paul Casey

Young American rookie Anthony Kim fired a three-under 67, so there are birdies out there. Leaders, take heed.

1845: "Sounds like Kevin Sutherland has played more shots that the West Indies and England combined."
Bennyrpike on 606

Thing is, Benny boy, Kiefer's brother is now not the worse. That honour is currently held by Jason Dufner, who's 10 over for the day after 11 holes, and 25 over for the tournament.

1840: Lee Westwood's not having a bad day - he's level par after 16 holes. Trouble is, he's 16 over for the first three days.

1830: "It should be noted that the peak temperature predicted at Oakmont today is some 33 degrees! If the greens have been watered, the effect, I guess, will be nullified as the day goes on, so those greens will still be lightning fast as the leading pack approach the end of their rounds. I reckon perhaps 3 or 4 over will be the top score at the end and I certainly wouldn't rule out a play-off!"
Daripa on 606

1824: If anyone needs some more clues as to the winning score, the current average score to par is 73.84 (par is 70). Only the 2nd, 17th and 18th are playing under par.

Nick Dougherty tees off down the 1st at nine over. Up ahead, countryman Ian Poulter bogeys the 2nd to slip to 12 over.

1816: Nothern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is under way but bogeys the 1st to slip to 11 over. Ian Poulter is also 11 over after an opening par.

1804: Paul Casey has just rocked up at Oakmont in a white shirt, blue strides, white belt and humungous pair of black shades. He gets out of his courtesy Lexus, steps into a chauffered golf cart and is driven just across the car park to the clubhouse. Brilliant.

Justin Rose is wearing those slacks that look like jeans again. Could he be the first US Open winner disqualified for breaking the dress code?

Ok, let's have a little think about the winning score. There's a good debate occurring on 606 about who will actually win but let's discuss how the scoring will go. I reckon it'll be a touch easier and someone, though not necessarily the leaders, will go under 70. But my winning score is......two over. Anyone else?

But having just written that it will be a touch easier, I learn that the par-three 8th will measure more than 300 yards from tee to pin today. Ouch.

1758: We have a new on-course leader and it's none other than.....Harrison Frazar. Or is it Frazar Harrison. Whatever, he's 11 over after a birdie at the 2nd.

I'm going to have a golf lesson this week. After 20 years of struggle, the time has come to nudge the handicap into the low teens. A sub-80 round at a decent course is one of my life goals. Along with getting tubed on a surfboard. I wonder which will come first?

1750: American Kevin Sutherland cards 75 to end the tournament on 24 over. Will he win the wooden spoon? I'll let you know. Exciting, isn't it?

1733: If someone's crying, the generally accepted noise they make is "boo-hoo" right? Well, I'll tell you Boo who - Boo Weekley, that's who.

He's two under after four for the day and 12 over for the tournament. That's just 10 off the lead and the best-placed player on the course. Now that would be a remarkable story.

Headline writers, stand by your pens.

However...I've taken the liberty of doing some research, and have discovered the US Open record for a final-round comeback is seven shots, set by Arnold Palmer at Cherry Hills in 1960.

1725: Kevin Sutherland is the man propping up the tournament at 25 over after 16 holes - six over for the day.

1715: Ernie Els is up and running but unless something pretty spectacular happens, by which I mean gob-smackingly spectacular, he won't be defending his "Oakmont" crown. He pars the 1st to stay 13 over.

1700: American Boo Weekley, who seems to have become a bit of a favourite among you this week, is the highest-placed player on course after a birdie on the 2nd takes him to 13 over.

1642: Lee Westwood edges to 14 over with a second birdie inside five holes. Anthony Kim is also three under for the day.

Does this mean the USGA have relented and watered the greens overnight to give us a shoot-out rather than a last-man standing train smash?

1625: Ahem, thanks Pranav! Afternoon everyone. Looking forward to it? You betcha I am. I already have my lackey standing by with a pale of water ready to splosh it on my steaming fingers as the pace of typing gets furious a bit later on.

I envisage plenty of lead changes, position changes, thrills, spills and a 13th major for Tig.......oh no, sorry, I'm ruining it for you.

Some time tonight a hero will be born, or another step taken on the road to greatsville. Bring it on.

By the way, Mrs Dufner? Jason has slipped to 16 over.

By Pranav Soneji


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The legend that is Rob Hodgetts has just entered the office, so I shall bid you all adieu and here's hoping to an enthralling finish at Oakmont.

Referring to the front nine/back nine drama. Way back in the 70s I was playing in my first monthly medal at North Berwick. My partner was a cocky three-handicapper who had played in the Open at St Andrews in 1964. I was a complete nervous wreck on the first tee, eventually playing five off the tee, two of my attempts landed in the top of David Huish's shop!

North Berwick is nine out along the seashore and nine straight back and I spent a lot of time on the beach! Anyway, out in 55, eight down and watching my fiver disappear! But turning round everything fell into place on the 18th tee all square, drove the par-four green, sank the putt for an eagle - back in 33 and one-up! He never spoke to me again.

"The fact that Tiger hasn't won a major coming from behind matters not one jot when you've won 12 of them. How anyone can question his guts is beyond me."

"Nick Faldo won the Open by scoring 18 pars on the final day. Can Aaron do the same?"

1558: A solid start from Lee Westwood, who birdies the second, while Denmark's Anders Hansen drops his second shot of the day on the fifth. He managed a double bogey on the same hole on Saturday, so you could say it was an improvement. I'm sure he wouldn't see it that way though.

1547: Kenneth Ferrie scores the first birdie of the day on the third.

1546: England's Lee Westwood gets under play playing alongside Olin Browne, both men parring the first hole without too many problems. "There are two Englishmen riding comfortably high on the leaderboard, and, young as they are, this has to be seen as a possible 'now or never'."

"Tiger has won majors even when not playing at his best. Can any other golfer in the world say the same? It's kind of hard to question his guts. Anyway he's the man to beat - beat Tiger, win the US Open."

1528: England's Kenneth Ferrie, who bogeyed the first hole for three consecutive days, finally manages to score a par-four.

1525: It's not exactly rivetting action at the moment, but of the five players who have teed off today, only Anders Hansen has dropped a shot, bogeying the 482-yard first.

"Tiger hit 17 greens yesterday and only managed a 69. He won't repeat that standard and an over par round today is more than possible. Because of this, 5 over par could easily win it. Come on Justin and Paul! A British winner would be class!"

"If Tiger doesn't win, a BBC golf writer should write an article about whether Tiger has the guts to come from behind and win a major. I think it would be a legitimate question."

1505: One of my esteemed colleagues has reliably informed me that we discussed horrendous rounds of golf on Thursday, so you have my permission to totally ignore what I wrote at 1455.

So instead let's try any stories about heroic back nine performances. Ever had the worst front nine before pulling it back with of the finest golf you've ever played? Let us know your tales on the 606 page.

1455: So while we wait for the business end to kick in, why not share your thoughts on how the day will pan out or any horrendous rounds of golf you've had the misfortune of experiencing.

I have all the golfing prowess of a comatosed mullet with a club in my hand, I can't actually remember ever having a good day. Click on the 606 link and reveal all your darkest secrets...

1440: Afternoon all, a noisy squatter has taken residence in my head and refuses to leave after an unplanned night out yesterday, but I'm pretty sure none of really give two hoots about my pains because it's golf, golf and more golf from here on in.

Wonder how Aaron Baddeley slept last night knowing he's only 18 holes away from US Open glory. Probably not the best knowing that Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Just Rose, Stuart Ames and Bubba Watson are hot on his heels.

First up we have Kevin Sutherland, who according to our tee-off times page, is playing on his own. Poor lad, wonder if anyone will take pity and ask him to join their round.

Baddeley tees off at 2000 BST alongside Tiger Woods, who trails the leader by two shots.

Anders Hansen and Rory Sabbatini tee off next at 1500 BST.



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