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US Open round three as it happened

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By Ben Dirs


0423: If anyone's still out there in the gloaming, many thanks for sticking with us. Great day today, and what a day we've got in store tomorrow, see you then...

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0413: McDowell bends his birdie putt to within two feet and taps in for a slightly disappointing par - a 71, and if you'd sold him that at the start of the day he would have bitten your arm off. Birdie for Johnson though - the American in with a magnificent 66 and he'll take a three-shot lead into the final day.
-6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Mickelson +3 Clark, Cejka, Ishikawa

0410: Johnson is on in two at 18, he's got a very good chance to extend his lead, and the more shots he can get between him and Woods the better. Bit ragged from McDowell though, caught that heavy, but he's safely on at least...
-5 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Mickelson +3 Clark, Cejka, Ishikawa

0407: McDowell lays up safely at 18 before Els leaves his birdie effort short. The South African is in with a 72 though and will playing with Mickelson tomorrow - book now. Ishikawa in with a very respectable 75, he's eight shots off the lead.
-5 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Mickelson +3 Clark, Cejka, Ishikawa

0403: Els has contrived to stick his second under a tree at 18, but that's a good recovery, safely on in three. Ishikawa's already dancing, the 18-year-old has held it together well down the stretch and is +3. Johnson well in range of the green in two after a coruscating tee shot, but McDowell has pushed his just right... beyond the trees though, he'll have a safe line in. Blinding light ricocheting off the Pacific, all very dramatic...
-5 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Mickelson

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0357: McDowell solid enough with his second at 17 but that's by no means a gimme par putt. Mickelson's birdie putt at 18 bobbles and bumbles its way towards the cup but breaks too soon. Cracking recovery though, in with a 73 for +1 overall, he lives to fight another day. Johnson snatches the lead in dramatic fashion, curling in a lengthy birdie putt at 17... McDowell snatches at his par putt, the American, two-time Pebble winner, marches to the 18th with a two-shot lead.
-5 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Mickelson

0351: Mickelson's found his ball down on the kelp, but mercifully he's not going to do a Van de Velde - knowing Mickelson, you half expected him to pull out some flippers and start wading in. Els appears to get a snooker 'kiss' off the club face at 17, putting for par - back to level he goes. Mickelson plays a marvel shot at 18, his ball just staying up over the bunker. McDowell safe enough off the tee at 17, but he'll be chipping on. Johnson finds the dancefloor.

0351: Mickelson's found his ball down on the kelp, but mercifully he's not going to do a Van de Velde - knowing Mickelson, you half expected him to pull out some flippers and start wading in. Els appears to get a snooker 'kiss' off the club face at 17, putting for par - back to level he goes. Mickelson plays a marvel shot at 18, his ball just staying up over the bunker. McDowell safe enough off the tee at 17, but he'll be chipping on. Johnson finds the dancefloor.

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0345: All change at the top - Johnson nails his par putt, McDowell's in for bogey five. What is Mickelson up to? Leftie tees it up, pulls out the big dog and crashes his ball into the rocks, and out again, and back into the rocks. Mickelson's chances, erm, on the rocks...
-4 McDowell, D Johnson -1 Woods, Els level Havret +1 Mickelson

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0341: McDowell has got a horror lie at 16, he can barely see his ball, and he gets a flyer over the other side of the green - he's got a 40-footer for par. Better from Johnson, a makeable par putt for him. Mickelson taps in that par putt, Leftie's going nowhere... Casey cuts a forlorn figure now, bogeys at 16 and 17, he's six over.

0337: McDowell discusses his second shot at 16 at length with his caddie before sticking it in some rubbish front left. Not good. Johnson's approach is a little nervy, too, he's left himself with a chip as well. Mickelson's not as bad as we thought and what a recovery that is, his ball coming to rest a couple of feet from the cup.

0335: GO ON ERNIE! The Big Easy has bent one in from the apron at 16 for a second straight birdie - the two-time winner is back in the red, and he could be partnered with Woods on the final day. Not such good news for Mickelson, he's snap-hooked off the tee at 17 and is in a bit of a pickle...
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson-1 Woods, Els level Havret +1 Mickelson

0330: My each way bet Timmy Clark rallied well down the back nine to card a third successive 72 - that's what you call smart course management. He's eight off the lead though, tied for seventh.

0328: The greens like billiard tables now and that's a peach of a shot from McDowell, flipping on at 15 to give himself a four-footer for par. Big swinger from Johnson and his ball bobbles well left of the hole, he'll have a tricky one for par. Ernie now at 16 and that's a pretty decent second, he'll have a shot at birdie. Johnson makes his par, and McDowell makes light of a twitchy tee shot with a par of his own.

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0324: Mickelson squeezes in a birdie from the fringe at 16 and he's back to +1 - the sheepish smile is back. I must apologise for my ignorance a few entries back - I thought Northern Ireland had a World Cup team, but of course Ireland, as in rugby, compete as one entity. Although, the reason we use the Euro flag for Northern Irish players is basically because we can't be sure whether they consider themselves British or Irish, or whether those watching in Northern Ireland consider them... you get my drift... the sad part is, I went out with a girl from Belfast for four years, but it's just so ruddy complex...

0318: Well done Ernie, the big man curls in a splendid 10-footer for birdie at 15 and he's level par. McDowell hooks off the tee at 15, but he's safe. Johnson pings one straight down the middle, this pair are holding firm. Havret for par at 18 and that's a great clutch putt - five at the last, a 69 and he's in the clubhouse at level par.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson-1 Woods level Havret, Els +2 Mickelson

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0314: McDowell is safely on at 14, but the same cannot be said for Johnson... oooh! Saved by the dew, his ball's stayed on. Mickelson was in with a safe par at 14 to stay +2, another shot gone for Poulter at 17, he drops back to +7. Westwood, meanwhile, is in with a 76 - he's one shot further back. McDowell safely negotiates the 14th, in with a par to stay five under. Johnson with a good save, he stays four under. Cejka bogeys 15, drops back to +3.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson-1 Woods level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson

0306: Ishikawa gets to within a couple of feet with his bunker escape at 14, he should make par. Martin Kaymer of Germany is in with a one-over 72, he's four over for the week. Ernie doesn't hit his birdie putt at 14, that's about the sixth putt he's left short today. Johnson sprayed his tee shot right at 14 but gives himself a shot in with his second. Social golf, McDowell knocking his second to within a few feet. Casey is still grinding away, he's on a run of five straight pars between 11 and 15 and remains +4.

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0259: Cejka pushes his par putt right at 14 and drops back to +2. Johnson drops out of the lead after missing a six-footer at 13, and McDowell makes no mistake, the Portrush man stays five under. Els safely on in three at 14, no monkey business for him.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson-1 Woods level Havret +1 Els +2 Cejka, Mickelson

0256: Anyone betting against Woods now? I know he's never won a major when not leading going into the final day, but that back nine charge has left most of his rivals visibly wilting. Mickelson's fourth at 14 is out of the sand and he's played that well, he's left himself a makeable putt for par. Gregory Havret has flown in under the radar today, he's two under for the day and level for the tournament. Mickelson slides in that par putt at 14 to stay +2, great up and down.

0249: Poulter splashes out at 15, he escaped with a six at 14 to drop back to +5. Charl Schwartzel's round has come apart down the stretch, five bogeys coming home, he's now +7. Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson of Sweden are in the clubhouse on eight over after rounds of 77 and 75 respectively. Another shot gone for Ishikawa at 13 the 18-year-old is now three over and four over for the day. It's as if Woods has thrown a grenade at the top of the leaderboard...

0245: Massive from McDowell, he's buried that monster for par at 12, and that's a great clutch putt from Johnson, he too stays five under. Double ballsy. My man Tim Clark, the Players champion, has pouched birdies at 15 and 16 and is right back in it at +3.
-5 McDowell, D Johnson-1 Woods level Havret +1 Cejka, Els +2 Mickelson, Ishikawa

0240: Els leaves himself a whole leg of chicken for par at 12 and his effort comes up short - he's back to +1. Choi of Korea doubles the 14th to drop back to +3, as Johnson finds sand off the tee. Safe par for Mickelson at 13, he heads off to the treacherous 14th. McDowell with his second at 12 and he's heavy with that, he'll be putting for par from off the green.
-5 McDowell, D Johnson-1 Woods level Havret +1 Cejka, Els +2 Mickelson, Ishikawa

0230: Johnson rolls in a birdie putt at 11 to reclaim a share of the lead and McDowell follows him in for par. Poulter's followed Westwood into the Englishman's graveyard at 14 - Westwood came away, zombie-like, with a seven on his card; Poulter's still hacking away... Luke Donald, by the way, carded a 74 today to leave him seven over.

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0227: Gregory Havret sidles up next to Els on level par after a rare birdie at 14. Ishikawa tumbles downwards with a bogey at 11, Els made par. Mickelson crashes one down the 13th after making bogey at 12, it's been a real armwrestle for Mickelson after the fireworks of yesterday.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson -1 Woods level Havret, Els +1 Choi, Cejka

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0223: Johnson's birdie effort lips out at 10, his short game is killing him. McDowell has a six-footer for par - and makes it. Padraig in with a 74 today for +7 overall. He never really got anything going and a double at 14 rather knifed any hopes he might have had. A couple of texts asking why we use the European flag for McDowell rather than the British one - well, McDowell competed for Ireland at last year's golf world cup (playing with fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, incidentally), finishing second, which rather suggests he considers himself Irish, not British.

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0213: Westwood's entered the Hell Hole - not Forest Gate, but the 14th at Pebble Beach. His ball rolls off front, that's the position that eights and nines are made of. Mickelson with a four-footer for birdie at 11, Leftie back to +1. Casey right into the heart at 12 - just that one mistake from the Englishman today, when he found jungle at two, but that's all it takes - Pebble Beach is a cliff-top tightrope.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson -1 Woods level Els +1 Havret, Choi, Cejka, Ishikawa, Mickelson

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0208: Martin Kaymer gobbles up a couple of birdies at 13 and the horrid 14th and is +2 again. Kjeldsen lets shots go at 10 and 11 and drops back to +3. Ernie in for par at 10, the two-time winner stays level, one behind Woods and five behind leader McDowell. Poulter has never really recovered from that lapse in concentration on the seventh tee and has just bogeyed 12 to drop back to +4. Still no birdies on Westwood's card - he's two over through 13, the English challenge is but a pile of embers...

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0201: Apologies, this Woods putt is for eagle of course, not birdie... he sends it on its way, but he hasn't hit it and it comes up just short. Taps in for birdie though, his ninth, a round of 66 - he's four shots off the lead, and the leaders have got the hard yards to come... great save from Mickelson at 10 to stay +2, as McDowell reclaims a share of the lead with a birdie at nine... scratch that, he's outright leader, Johnson, not the most solid of putters, muffs a short one.
-5 McDowell -4 D Johnson -1 Woods level Els +1 Havret, Choi, Cejka, Ishikawa

0157: Shot gone for Els at nine, he's back to level, as is playing partner Ishikawa. Choi's let one go at 11, Woods is third, and he's got a putt to get within three of the lead...
-5 D Johnson -4 McDowell level Woods, Els +1 Havret, Choi, Cejka, Ishikawa

0153: Woods has left himself a scary old second into the 18th green - he's going to have to cut one under that tree, out over the Pacific, and back again. God speed you... SHOT. OF. THE. WEEK. OFFICIAL. Unbelievable, he was in love with that from the moment it left the club face, and caddie Steve Williams' little chuckle says it all - he's got a very makeable birdie putt to get into the red. Watch his competitors melt...

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0149: Thanks for pointing out that the radio coverage wasn't working, I hope we've fixed it now. Actually, I've just taken the link out, but apparently it works on the golf index. Sorry, not my area. Woods awry off the tee at 18 but he should be able to fashion something under that tree. Ripsnorter from Johnson down nine and McDowell bombs one past him. Poulter with a peach into the 11th and he hoovers up a birdie to get back to +3.

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0143: McDowell's come over all tentative, another putt comes up well short at eight. Kaymer with a boomerang putt at 13, big eight-foot break on that and he's nailed it - the German back to +3. Shake and bake, shake and bake - McDowell drains a saver at eight to stay four under. Two gone for Phil at nine, all of a sudden he's trailing Woods by two - that's what happens when you feel the hot breath of a Tiger on the back of your neck...
-5 D Johnson -4 McDowell -1 Els Level Woods, Choi, Ishikawa

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0139: Woods for birdie at 17 - HE'S ONLY GONE AND HOLED IT! Tiger six under for his last 14 holes, and that was classic Tiger, a swinging right-to-lefter and suddenly he's tied for fourth. Good recovery from Johnson at eight, he should make par. Oh my giddy aunt, Mickelson's playing one of those "he's gonna chuck it all away" shots, right-handed out of the rough... nails it, but this could be a couple of shots gone...

0136: Young Ishikawa, built like a bus ticket, hits it like a circus strongman - and his touch around the greens isn't bad too. A great save for the 18-year-old at eight, he stays level, while Els will be disappointed with his par. Choi drops out of the group at one under with bogey at eight. Mickelson in strife at nine - first he clips the top of the lip with his bunker shot and then he sticks his approach into jungle front right...
-5 D Johnson -4 McDowell -1 Els Level Choi, Mickelson, Ishikawa

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0131: Matt Richardson of Worcester carded an 80 today to fall back to +15, and Ross McGowan's also finding the going tough, he's +6 through 14. Martin Kaymer lets one slide by at 12, three shots gone since the turn. Remember this guy? Woods slaps his tee shot to within eight feet at 17, another birdie chance...

0128: A double for Clark at eight, but he bounced back with a birdie at nine to get back to +3. Casey has settled himself after that triple on two - six straight pars since then, he's three over. Lee Westwood hasn't been able to get out of third gear today - two over through 11, no birdies on his card and he's about to enter the hard yards.

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0125: Many thanks Hodgo, Ben Dirs back in the chair. A Woods fist pump - a birdie at 16, he's back to +1 and six off the lead. Scarily though, there are now just six men between him and the leader. Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen is level through eight and +1 overall. Havret of France birdies 10, he's tied for fourth.

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0120: Dustin Johnson birdies the long sixth to join McDowell in the lead at four under. The double AT&T National Pro-Am winner is staking his claim to outright ownership of Pebble Beach. And no sooner do I write that than the American spins one back to a few feet on the short seventh for the first birdie of the day there and grabs the lead on his own. McDowell finds the left fringe and his chip back on runs 10 feet past. Gutsy putt coming back keeps him within one of his playing partner. Poulter, meanwhile, is unsettled and doubles the ninth to slide to three over. Kaymer also makes double bogey on the 10th for three over.
-5 D Johnson -4 McDowell -1 Els Level Choi, Cejka, Mickelson, Ishikawa


0110: McDowell sends European hearts fluttering as he launches his second shot out to the right and seawards-looking on six. Fortunately, it catches the bunker short and right of the green. Gmac and bagman Ken Comboy puff out their cheeks in unison as they stride up the fairway. Mickelson safely negotiates the tricky short seventh and remains level par on the eighth tee.

0103: Poulter settles himself after his outburst on seven and makes a par on the eighth to stay one over, five adrift. Harrington, by the way, suffered a double bogey seven on the treacherous 14 to slide to seven over. Els birdies six to get to one under.
-4 McDowell -3 D Johnson -1 Els Level Havret, Choi, Cejka, Mickelson, Ishikawa

0100: Woods just shaves the cup with his birdie putt on 14 but is looking ominous with four to go plus 18 tomorrow.
-4 McDowell -3 D Johnson Level Havret, Choi, Cejka, Mickelson, Ishikawa, Els

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0055: Iain Carter on Twitter: "Could be carnage on back nine, of 41 completed rounds only one beats par, greens firming ,winds freshening, hold on to your hats..."

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0053: McDowell splashes out stiff from the back bunker at the fifth to secure his par. Mickelson misses a tiddler on the sixth, a golden chance for a birdie gone begging. Cejka goes close with his eagle putt on the same hole but makes birdie to edge to one over. Woods almost pitches in on 14 but the ball has vicious spin on it and rips backwards and to the left of the green. Crucially, it stays on the upper flat bit on this banana skin of a green.

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0045: McDowell misses his birdie chance on four, Woods first pumps as he makes his bird at 13. Johnson then edges to three under with an eagle on four. Things are happening.
-4 McDowell-3 JohnsonLevel Havret, Mickelson, Ishikawa, Els

0040: Tiger Woods shouts at his second shot on 13: "AW. Come on. Be the right club." And it is. Woods fires to about feet for a birdie chance. McDowell is wayward off the tee on four following his first bogey, while up ahead on the green Ishikawa inches to one under. Poulter makes a bogey on the seventh after chipping from the thick collar at the back of the green stuck out in the sea. Back to one over for the Englishman, while countryman Lee Westwood drops a shot at eight to go five over.

0030: Hi team. All good? Nice. Not for Phil Mickelson, though. It's not quite going Lefty's way so far today but he makes a birdie on five to inch back to level par. Graeme McDowell has an awkward stance as he chips onto the third to about eight feet, but slides his putt past to drop a shot. Up on the very short seventh, playing downwind with the pin at the front, Ian Poulter fires through the green and stands there in front of the microphone and exclaims "How on earth are you supposed to play that? That is ridiculous." PS, just refresh your screen and we'll be cooking on gas while Dirs is away.
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0026: Johnson out of the traps with two straight pars, he's been rather burnt for pace by McDowell. Frenchman Gregory Havret has got his dander up - birdies at five and six, he's level. Tim Clark got one back at four to get to two over. I'll leave you with Mickelson splashing out at five - not the start he would have envisaged, two bogeys, two pars... here's Rob Hodgetts while I rest my eyes...

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0020: Scott Langley, an amateur who had to shoot two 66s to get here, is having a belting day - birdie at four, eagle at six, he's one over. I was going to say he's five off the lead, but he's not - McDowell buries a birdie putt at two and is now five under, four clear of playing partner Johnson.

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0015:Gaz (see below), we think they'll be finishing about 4ish, which is some lock-in. The glorious days of lock-ins - do you know Killeshandra in Cavan? We basically lived in a pub there for about three weeks on a golf tour back in 1993... Poulter makes par at five to stay level, Woods has drained a left-to-righter at 11 and is back to +3. Not quite a full smile, you know you're in trouble when he flashes one of them...

0012: Jerry Kelly engaged in a right royal punch-up with Pebble Beach - two doubles to start, but he's bounced off the ropes and hit back with two straight birdies. I still fancy Pebble coming out on top. Mickelson's second into the third grips and he's got a very makeable putt to get back to level. Ishikawa rolls in a par at the second, good recovery, but Els has made a real hash of that, somehow coming up with a five to drop back to -1.

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Gaz, Ireland, via text on 81111: "Ben, any idea what time UK time the final round should finish. I may have to ask for a lock-in in the pub."

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0005: Mickelson's start has been rather a damp squib after all the mustering - two straight bogeys, Leftie's back to +1. No mucking about there though, he takes his frustrations out on his ball on the third tee, sticking one right up the backsides of Casey and De Jonge in front.

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0001: Poulter getting his wand working, bending in a birdie at four to get to level par - it's been a while since he was there. Johnson, who's putting has been his problem the last two days, misses with his birdie effort at one. He taps in for par, stays one under. This to open up a three-shot lead for McDowell... in it goes, his 12th birdie of the week...

2359: Els looks in decent nick, whip-cracking his tee shot miles down the second, that's a whopper. Ishikawa's showing some teenage nerves - wild off the tee and he bounces one off a punter in the gallery. KJ Choi of South Korea birdies four to climb to +1, and what a shot that is from G-Mac, out of the rough at the first and to within three feet. Johnson follows him on...

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2355: Tom Watson was waxing lyrical earlier about Ishikawa's putting, so it comes as a surprise to see him make bogey at the first. Els is in for a par and stays one under. Mickelson with the strength of 10 men with his approach at two, at least a club too long. Disaster for Casey at two by the way, triple-bogey, that could be his challenge over.

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2351: Casey finally plops on in four at the second, that could be two gone. Good clutch putt at eight from Woods but he drops to +4. Here's the final pairing of the day - the wiry Dustin Johnson of the United States, a two-time winner at Pebble and leading the stats tee to green, rattles one down the middle, before leader McDowell pushes his just right.

2347: Westwood at five, and he's tugged it left of the green. Harrington with a 20-foot putt for birdie at 10 but the Irishman's struggling to get anything going, his ball slides by. Stenson's charge is over - bogey at 13, a double at 14, back to +5. Ernie from the rough on one and that's pretty good, his ball sidling onto the dancefloor, and Ishikawa follows him on. Casey has entered the house of pain - thigh deep in jungle, he stays in after one hack and there may be more hacking to come...

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2343: Ishikawa of Japan, who has seven wins on the Japanese tour at the age of 18, is away at the first. He's playing with two-time champion Els, who pushes his tee shot into the rough right. Cejka squeezes his birdie putt right at the first to stay level. Shot gone for Westwood at the fourth, back to +4.

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2340: Misread from Mickelson, and it's a bad one, he's left himself a 15-footer for par. Tim Clark of South Africa bogeys two to drop back to +3. Schwartzel of South Africa buries a long-range birdie putt at the fifth, he's two over, one behind playing partner Kaymer, who birdied two and three. Shot gone for Mickelson...

2336: Cejka with a nice settler at the first, his ball skipping on to within 10 feet. Shot gone for Woods, Tiger back to +5. Five-time tournament runner-up Mickelson comes up short with his second at the first. Hertfordshire native Luke Donald chips to within four feet at nine, he let a shot go at eight and is now four over.

2333: Cejka of Germany is playing alongside Mickelson and he laces an iron down the first. Mickelson, who looks like he's trying to hit the cover off the ball even when he's playing safe off the tee, finds the fairway. Woods splashes out at eight and he's got his work cut out to save par. Ross McGowan has left a very makeable birdie putt just left of the cup at six, but he's still one under and two over for the week.

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2329: Casey, second in putting yesterday, is safely on in two at the first. Mickelson, a modern-day Palmer, strolls onto the first tee, bristling with intent... Donald with a 15-foot par putt at eight and he slides it by to drop back to +4. Nice save from Poulter at two, he stays +1, and he's entering the birdie zone...

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2324: Woods missed that birdie putt at seven, while Singh, gripping that belly putter as if it's the first time he's ever gripped anything, pulls his short par putt left. Westwood's birdie putt curls too soon at three, he stays +3. Duval blowing up down the stretch like an old classic being taken to its limits, three straight bogeys between 12 and 14.

2315: That's the best we've seen today at the par-three seventh, Woods getting his ball to yo-yo back towards the hole. Still got work to do for his birdie though. Not so good from Vijay, his ball skips into the fringe. Westwood leaves his lengthy birdie putt short at two before Poulter's birdie putt looks to be in all the way before doing a Jabulani, veering off line at the death.

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2310: Touch of a miniature portrait painter from Singh, curling in a birdie putt from 30 feet. Woods' eagle effort misses just left but he knocks that in for birdie - he's back to three over, and the strut from the green tells you everything. Kaymer off to a flyer - birdies at two and three, he's +1 now. Wouldn't it be typical, with so many English players in the mix, if a German went out and won this? Kaymer and Cejka are right in there.

2308: Edoardo Molinari went out in three under by the way, he's now just five shots off the lead at two over. World number three and Britain's number one Lee Westwood is out and he's parred the first. Poulter all in black - did someone die? - in the first cut off the tee at the first. Donald onto the back of the green at the par-three seventh - there won't be many birdies there today, not where the pin's positioned.

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2255:Gary (see below), Tiger's doing his best to prove you wrong, following up his two birdies with a rip-roarer down the par-five fifth. Kaymer of Germany has picked up a shot at the second to get to +2. Him and playing partner Charl Schwartzel have been inseparable all week, both carding rounds of 74 and 71 when playing together on the first two days.

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2255: Duval lets his par putt slide by at 12, he drops back to +4. Ross McGowan birdies two, well done sir, he's back to +3. Basildon-born, McGowan, but a son of Cheam. Harrington with another par at six, just squeezing in the side door from about 15 feet.

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2249: Five straight pars for Harrington, which sounds great, but not when you consider others have been making hay down that front nine. Jim Furyk's wheels are in danger of departing - a good start, but he's bogeyed seven, nine and 10 to drop back to +6.

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2245: Woods to within a few feet off the tee at five. Interesting story behind the fifth - the land used to belong to an old lady who'd lived there for many a year and refused to sell up. Bet her grandchildren's hands had almost worn out from being rubbed together when she finally cashed them in. "Like putting over a herd of turtles," is how Tom Watson describes the Pebble Beach greens. Don't try dropping that into everyday conversation, only avuncular multi-major winners can pull lines like that off... Woods sinks that birdie putt and he's now +4...

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2239: Plenty of wind now, Woods' trousers being tugged this way and that as he waits to putt, but the world number one makes that six-footer at four disappear for birdie. Duval with a bender in a bun at 11 - nice line, but it misses just left. He stays +3, but his fellow American Leonard has come blasting out of the traps with two threes, he's +1. "Who will buy this beautiful opening?" I can hear him warble as he makes his way to the third.

2233: Stenson and Love both found the green in one at the par-four fourth and Woods very nearly does only to come up short. Leonard, one of the game's great putt-smiths, sticks his second to within a couple of feet at two - he'll have that for a second straight birdie to get to +1.

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2229: Tom Watson shaves the hole left at 18 but is in with a one-under 70. The second-oldest man to make a cut at the US Open at 60, after Sam Snead in 1973, he's a ruddy marvel. Donald bends in a birdie at four and he's now +3 - an old-school persuader of a golf ball, he's got every chance. Duval's let one slip at the par-four 10th, he falls to +3.

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2225: Former Open champion Justin Leonard birdies the first to get back to +2, but Sergio's run out of steam, another bogey at 16 and he's now eight over par.

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2222: Woods gets a flyer out of the rough and misses the lengthy par putt coming back - another shot gone, he's now six over and nine off the lead. Stenson, who was three outside the cut with nine holes to play yesterday, has picked up another birdie at nine and is +2 again. The softly-spoken Ross McGowan pars the first to stay +3, Harrington kicks off with four pars.

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2218: Canadian southpaw Mike Weir is in with a round of 83 for +19 overall. Battered and bruised by Pebble Beach, I'm imagining him being led from the course with an icepack pressed to his cheek and draped in a dressing gown. Donald pops in a birdie putt at three to climb back to four over. Hmmm, Tiger's overcooked his approach at three and his ball is buried in some rough stuff. For Tiger at the start of today's round it must be like rummaging around for fifth gear in a Ferrari, not being able to find it before thinking to yourself "hang on a minute, something's not like it should be..."

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2209: Woods leaves his long par putt short at two and that's a shot gone; one gone for Singh, too. Duval, clad in wind cheater, such is the temperature, pars the seventh and eighth and ninth to remain +2. Molinari picks up another shot at six and is now +3. Sean O'Hair, a 27-year-old from Texas, birdies four and five and is +3. Pebble Beach strikes back - bogey for Furyk for seven, back he goes to +4...

2204: Woods missed the green front left at two and he's got a fiddly little chip over a bunker... makes a hash of it, he's left himself a brute for par. Watson rattles in a fine saver at 16 to stay +5, before we have a slight controversy as Singh uses his extra long putter to mark out his penalty drop. That can't be right, can it? Evidently it is.

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2159: Curtis is out in two under and therefore back to +4 but his fellow American Lucas Glover, the defending champion, has let shots go at one and three to slip back to six over. Open champion Stewart Cink is in with a 71, he's improving with every round. Garcia losing his grip on the greasy pole, bogey at 14, back to +7...

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2152: Furyk involved in an armwrestle with the course, he picks up a birdie at six to get back to +3. Fours for Woods and Singh at the first but Watson has let one go at the par-four 15th to fall to +5.

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2150: Good second from Tiger at the first, finding the heart with a nine iron. Better from Vijay, using the bank on the left and his ball curling back towards the cup. Davis Love has dropped shots at 13 and 14 to find himself on +4. Italy's Edoardo Molinari is under for the day and four over for the event.

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2144: Three-time champion Tiger Woods on tee, and he's a Siberian tiger today, all in white. Iron off the first and he's safely away. Singh opts for rescue metal and follows his old rival down the middle. This is a Ben Curtis kind of course and he's plodding along nicely, one under through eight. Shot gone for Luke Donald at the first, the Englishman drops back to +5.

2141: Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2007 champion, is two over for the day and seven over overall. Here comes Tiger marching to the first tee, accompanied by six or seven officers of the law. Woods playing with Vijay Singh today, whose best finish at a US Open was tied third in 1999.

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2135:Steve (see below), I was just chatting about Big Phil, and the consensus is that he'll take one risk too many, somewhere, and come a cropper. Mickelson's no respecter of golf courses, and Pebble Beach is a cruel madam, she demands respect... Furyk drops a shot at five, back to +4, Padraig Harrington pars the first...

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Steve Cooper on 81111: "Right, that's Cameroon out, now for the golf. Do you think Big Phil will be too aggressive? As for the betting, I fancy Tim Clark and Alex Cejka at 40 and 50/1!"

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2131: Davis Love missed the cut when the US Open was last staged at Pebble Beach 10 years ago, but it's to his liking today. The 1997 PGA champion only just made the cut yesterday, but he's scorching the course up today... hang on, he's just bogeyed 13, back to +4... Duval with eagle at six, he's two over...

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2126: "Don't get suckered into going for any silly flags," says Lee Westwood, who's due out at 2240. There should be a sign on the 14th tee with exactly those words. Zach Johnson is in full reverse - bogey at 14, double at 15, he drops to +11. World number four Steve Stricker is four over today through 12, he too is 11 over.

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Andrew from Newcastle on 81111: "Similar performance to yesterday and the Grand Slam talk may ensue for Mickelson. I'd love Poulter and Casey to have a good round and really put themselves in the picture for tomorrow."

2121: Former world number one David Duval, who very nearly won this thing last year, is two under through five to get back to +4. Who's yer money on? I had a little flutter on little Timmy Clark last night, he's two over, still fancy his chances.

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Stuart from Belfast via text on 81111: "Hopefully Tiger can go on the prowl and eat a couple of birdies, maybe even eagles, they are out there to get! Come on TIGER!"

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2113: Why are there 18 different nationalities in the top 55 but no Australians? Not my question, the question of kwiniaskagolfer on 606... a few eagles already at the par-four, 331-yard fourth, the latest coming from Henrik Stenson of Sweden - he's three under through four and two over overall. Old Tom Watson has snaffled another birdie at 12 to get to +4. Of course, he doesn't mind a spot of links golf...

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Steve Cooper via text on 81111: "Sorry mate but the Denmark game is a cracker! As for the golf, I think Ishikawa is going to come good, he's young and has no fear!"

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2105: Crackerjack day at Pebble Beach on the northern Californian coast, and Jim Furyk, he of the swing only its mother could love (and what an ugly mother she must be) has picked up another shot at three to nudge up to +3. Another shot gone for Mike Weir, he's +17 now.

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2056: Furyk has picked up a shot at the par-four second, he's +4. It would be nice to get some texts in today - I'll forgive you for last night, there was a football match going on after all, but this page is nothing without you...

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2047: Davis Love III is taking his revenge on Pebble Beach today for delivering him so many ills over the previous two days - out in five under, he's right back in the mix at +2. Birdie for Stenson at two, the Swede back to +4.

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2040: Tom Watson on the march - birdie at nine, out in two under and +5 overall. Former champion Jim Furyk is out on course and he's parred the first to stay +5. Worcester's Matt Richardson is proving himself to be a plodder of some distinction this week, he's ground out four straight pars to stay +6. Mike Weir is disintegrating to such an extent that he'll be just a faint blob by the time he walks down the 18th - three double-bogeys, five bogeys (and an eagle) through 13, he's now 16 over.

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2021: American Brandt Snedeker has gone out in three under and is +4, but Perry has landed a double at the ninth to drop him back to five over. Better news for Sergio Garcia today (so far) - the Spaniard has flickered into life with birdies at four, six and seven and is two under for the day.

2018: I should add that while there are birdies to be had, there are also plenty of bogeys - Kent Jones of the States is currently propping up the field on +14, he's seven over through 16. Former Masters champion Mike Weir is six over through 11, and that includes an eagle at four. And Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland is four over after five, making him 11 over overall.

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2007: The front nine is offering up chances - Davis Love has picked up another shot at six to move level with Perry on three over for the tournament. Tom Watson has made birdies at four and six and is six over for the tournament. Rhys Davies, the only Welshman at Pebble Beach this week, is out and about and has bogeyed the first to drop back to seven over.

2001: Some tee times for you - you can see the full list on the right of this page - 2120 BST Harrington; 2130 Donald; 2140 Woods; 2240 Westwood; 2300 Poulter; 2320 Casey; 2330 Mickelson; 2340 Els; 2350 McDowell.

1956: Stat attack, Woods v McDowell - Greens hit 63.89% v 61.11%. Fairways hit 71.43% v 67.86%. Av driving dist 292 yds v 287.5 yds. Putts 63 v 54. Just as the clubhouse bores tell you, driving's for show, putting's for dough...

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1955: No pictures yet from Pebble Beach so be patient with me. I can tell you that Kenny Perry of the United States, soon eligible for the Champions Tour, is four under for his round through seven having picked up shots at three, four, six and seven. Compatriot Davis Love, runner-up in the event in 1996, is three under through five after an eagle at four.

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LBO8021991 on 606: "Let's hope McDowell moves forwards. Apparently when he does well in a tournament he sorts out a large drink for everyone in the club house in Portrush. I've backed Donald for a top 10 finish so I hope he plays well today. Looking forward to this."

1948: Sun in Northern California today, or so I'm told, and it looks like there are birdies to be had, with five men under par today, including two-time champ Retief Goosen, who only made the cut by one shot courtesy of a long-range birdie at the last, and former Masters winner Zach Johnson, who was in contention yesterday until a nine at the dastardly 14th rather scuttled him. What about that 14th green? Fair or what? Ian Poulter, who took eight, has called it "joke", while Woods, who played it well, called the approach "the toughest third shot in golf".

1935: Afternoon all. Or morning. Or evening. I'm confused, I only got up four hours ago. Moving Day at Pebble Beach - will Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell move backwards, sideways or forwards? Will Mickelson move mountains, as he did yesterday? Can the English boys move into contention? And will Tiger Woods prove that moving on is easy to do? Stick around and I'll tell you...



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see also
Thursday & Friday Open tee times
14 Jun 10 |  Golf
Majors clubhouse scores
23 Apr 10 |  Results
McDowell defies Mickelson charge
18 Jun 10 |  Golf
Woods toils again at Pebble Beach
18 Jun 10 |  Golf
Westwood still upbeat on chances
19 Jun 10 |  Golf
US Open - day two photos
18 Jun 10 |  Golf
US Open round two as it happened
18 Jun 10 |  Golf
Golf on the BBC
01 Jul 11 |  Golf


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