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Many thanks for sticking with it folks, hope it was worth it - congratulations Graeme McDowell and see you all at the other Open in a few weeks' time...
A few words about the runner-up, Frenchman Gregory Havret - he qualified by the skin of his teeth at Walton Heath and performed like a major stalwart while some of the the old hands found the pressure too much to handle. And two Germans in the top 10 - Kaymer and Cejka both finished five off the lead.level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Of all the Europeans talked about as potential winners coming into the event, McDowell would have been down most peoples' list, behind the likes of Westwood, Casey and Poulter, but after that last-round performance you have to say most people were mistaken. The trophy is plonked into McDowell's arms like a new-born baby and the proud new father gives it a hug and a loving kiss. A sweet moment indeed. level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Magnificent effort from Graeme McDowell of Portrush - he's the first European to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 and the first Northern Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly in 1947. Steely, steely stuff from McDowell - he make look a bit fancy-dan at times, but there's nothing soft about him, when other, bigger beasts withered in the heat, he glowed like a rod of iron. level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
McDowell cosies his birdie putt to within a couple of feet, this for the US Open... AND HE'S DONE IT! level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
The greens like linoleum still. Johnson feathers his eagle attempt to within two feet and lips out with his birdie effort - a final-round of 82 for the world number 29, a day to erase from the memory, if only that were possible. level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
McDowell with 99 yards to the pin - one more solid swing and he's home... safely on, but only safely, he's got two shots for the US Open from about 25 feet... level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Shades of Montgomerie as McDowell and his caddie dither over what club to take - "that's too much," says Ken Comboy on the bag, but McDowell sticks to his guns and punches an eight iron down the middle. Johnson's got to have a go and that's a tremendous shot, right over the flag. level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Woods makes par at the 18th, here's Havret for birdie from 10 feet out... he's tugged it left, and immediately the camera snaps to McDowell who chirrups "I like the lay-up..." The Frenchman is in with a par for a final-round 72 - stirring effort from the qualifier, the world number 391, who'd have thought it? level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
McDowell on the tee at 18 - plenty of chit-chat with his caddie, a lick of the chops and he's over his ball... a big rip with the driver, and his ball skirts with the trees before coming to rest in the first cut. No dramas. Havret found sand with his second at 18 but is safely on in three - chance of a birdie... McDowell engages in some natter with the camera down the 18th, but the tension is there for all to see... level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
There's one shot in it - McDowell misses with his par putt at 17... level McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
The last European to win this championship was Tony Jacklin, way back in black and white land in 1970, when golfers wore turtle-neck shirts and everyone's putter looked about six inches long. McDowell, looking to rewrite history, is safely out at 17, although he's got a nasty one for par coming back. Els slides his birdie effort by at 18, he came back in 40 for a round of 73. Mickelson, too, made par, back in 39 for a round of 74, and as they shake hands, they look for all the world like they both put a lot of money on each other to win it. -1 McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
McDowell with a nervy swing off the tee at 17 and he's tugged it left into a trap. Woods with the big stick at 18 and he carves his ball way right, leaving himself a brute of a shot in. Els now from the sand and that's a peach, missing by a foot before rolling four feet on. Here's Havret on tee at 18 and that's in position A - like Els before him, he flirts with the two tall trees but his ball races clear and leaves him an ideal shot in. -1 McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Els with his second into the 18th, looking to thread it through the gap at the front of the green, but his ball scuttles off right and into a greenside bunker... Mickelson fancies some of that too, McDowell with one hand on that cup... Havret putting from the apron at 17, but his par effort is a little tame and McDowell now has a two-shot cushion. -1 McDowell +1 Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
Havret squirts his tee shot right at 17, caught in a trap. Els off the tee at 18 and that's a peach, flirting with those two trees guarding the right-hand side of the fairway and leaving himself a shot in. Shot gone for Johnson at the par-four 16th, sliding another one by, he drops out of the tie for fourth and back down to +4. McDowell safely in in four, he stays two clear of Havret. -1 McDowell level Havret +2 Els +3 Mickelson, Woods
A rare long putt disappears from Woods at 17, but he stays +3. People keep on going on about how badly he's playing, but it hasn't escaped my notice that he's fourth... McDowell with seven into the 16th, and that's a smart shot, not going straight for the pin. Els' par attempt squeaks by the hole at 17, it's a two-way shoot-out...-1 McDowell level Havret +2 Els +3 Johnson, Mickelson, Woods
Will, Lingfield, via text on 81111:
"I am struggling big time! 1.36 is not good when I'm due to be up at 6.15 - but it will all be worth it if GMac can close it out! Come on Graeme!"
McDowell thinks he's made his birdie putt at 15, marching after his ball and shaping to fist-pump, but his ball's afraid of the dark - still, it's a par and another hole gone... You sensed Ernie needed something Hollywood off the tee at 17, instead he plonks his tee shot into the sand. Love, who made double at 17, bends his approach into the heart of the 18th. Havret with a lengthy birdie attempt at 16... is it in... is it in... IS IT IN! NO! It grazes the hole to the left, but McDowell look out, there's a Frenchman sneaking up behind you... -1 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +3 Johnson, Woods, Mickelson
Birdies like hens' teeth down the stretch, but Els very nearly pulled one out there, his monster on the 16th sliding two inches by. Mickelson misses his bogey attempt, surely his challenge is over. Havret, by the way, qualified at Walton Heath in dramatic fashion - he holed a 30-footer to get into a play-off and then drained a 20-footer to book his place. Here he is with his second on 16, bidding to become the first Frenchman since 1907 to land a major... he's on safely and he'll have a lengthy one up the hill to join McDowell. -1 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +3 Love, Johnson, Woods, Mickelson
Davis Love's challenge is at an end, he's just yanked his tee shot into the sea at 17. Not a great second from Els at 16, he's got a meaty old putt for birdie. Mickelson goes straight at the stick and finds rough. If Havret's still flying under your radar, you might want to check out your radar's working - another par at 15, he's going nowhere. -1 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson, Woods
McDowell for par from range... good weight, but that's a shot gone - his lead trimmed to one over Havret, but the Frenchman's in trouble at 15... strike that, fantastic bunker escape... -1 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson, Woods
Somewhat typically during a World Cup month, we get all the talk about an English challenge in the lead-up to the US Open only to end up with two Germans in the top 10 and not an Englishman in sight. Cejka +4 through 15, Kaymer +5 through 17, good on them both for keeping the European end up... talking of which, here's McDowell, putting up the bank at 14 - far too hard and for a moment it threatens to drop off the front, but develops crampons and digs its heels in. It could just be his day... -2 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson, Woods
Els back to within two of the lead... NO! That could be Els' tournament gone there, he's pranged his birdie effort 10 feet by the hole at 15. Extraordinary. McDowell now with his third at 14... too strong, and his ball has curled down the back - he's got a nasty little recovery coming back up. Good clutch putt from Els, he stays +1, and Mickelson stays +2. -2 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson, Woods
McDowell finds the sand with his tee shot at 14 but clips out out pretty well - however, he's got a brutal third shot in. Woods calls it the "toughest third shot in golf", and that's if you hit your first two shots clean. Woods did make birdie at 14, Havret tapped in for par. Els with a gem of a pitch at 15, that should be a birdie, and Mickelson almost trumps him... -2 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson, Woods
McDowell and Johnson arrive at the treacherous 14th - take a wrong turn on this hole and you'll end up getting a good kicking down a very dark alley from which you might never recover. Clark's disintegrated down the stretch, four shots gone between nine and 14 and he's now +6. Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark is in with a 78 for +12 overall. Havret having problems at 14, but he stiff his second attempt to find the green to within a few feet. The smouldering Woods flickers into life with a superb bunker escape, that should be a birdie at 14. -2 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson
Shot gone for Els at 14, his ball looked in all the way before suddenly veering left at the death. Mickelson now, with putter from just off the short stuff... it never came back, shaving the left edge, and he drops back to +2... McDowell with a chance to extend his lead, but his tentative effort stays right - another par though, and he would have bought that standing on the tee... -2 McDowell level Havret +1 Els +2 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson
Pearler from McDowell at 13, he's given himself a birdie chance. Els makes it on in four at 14, and Mickelson follows him on, but they've both got knee-knockers for par... Cejka, the world number 221 from Germany, let one go at 14 to drop back to +4. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson
McDowell of Portrush crashes his tee shot down the middle at 13 and Johnson whip-cracks his ball up behind him. What a shot from Tom Watson at 18, a bunker escape to within two feet. The world applauds, and dear old Tom, a winner at Pebble in 1982, holds back the tears and rolls back the years. Els with a false swing at 14, he hasn't hit it and his ball has curled away into the valley of death in front of the bunker. Watson showing it's difficult to putt through tears, he tugs a sitter, but he's in with a 76 for +6 overall and he gets a smacker from his son, who's on his bag, on Fathers Day. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson +3 Love, Johnson
It's almost deathly out there now, you're just waiting for someone to make a false move and be shot down by the assassins stationed all over Pebble Beach. What a shot that is from McDowell, stiffing his bunker shot to within a couple of feet at 12. Johnson with a decent birdie effort, he'll have a tap-in for par. Davis Love sends one over the cellophane bridge at 15, he's now back to +3 after a bogey at the dreaded 14th. Russell Henley and Scott Langley share the top amateur prize, both +8 and tied for 16th. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson +3 Love, Cejka, Johnson
Craig via text on 81111:
"I put 5p e/w on Havret at the start of the tournament at 800-1! £50 return if he wins! £10 for top-five place, wishing I'd gone for a little more now!"
Whisper it very quietly, but the last man from Northern Ireland to win a major was Fred Daly, who won the Open at Hoylake in 1947... was it wrong of me to say that? Havret in the middle of the 13th and that's a decent second, although he'll be putting down the old marble staircase for birdie. McDowell finds sand off the tee at the par-three 12th... this is awful, but in a good way... -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson +2 Love, Johnson +3 Cejka, Snedeker
Another one gone for Woods at 12, his charge surely over now at four over and six off the lead. Casey finishing up with a six at the last, make that seven, and he's in for a 78 for +13 overall. Another one gets away from Dustin, he drops to two over, but McDowell gets his par putt to drop. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson +2 Love, Johnson +3 Cejka, Snedeker
McDowell on in two at 11, pretty solid that. Havret at 12 and that's a dreamy effort, his ball coming to rest a few inches to the right of the cup. The Frenchman has proved a few people wrong today, I think most people would have expected it to be him plummeting out of the pack like a shot-riddled pheasant. Snedeker drains in a monster from just off the green, the American climbs to +3. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson, Johnson +2 Love +3 Cejka, Woods
For a while there Dustin Johnson resembled the pilot of an out of control plane, struggling to pull it out of a tailspin as the cockpit rattled all around him, but he's managed to do just that, stringing together three straight pars between eight and 10. Els leaves his long-range birdie effort short at 13, before Mickelson's birdie effort breaks too soon. Both in for par, no change at the top... -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson, Johnson +2 Love +3 Cejka, Woods
Woods' birdie putt misses at 11, he stays +3. Tremendous approach by Mickelson at 13, he's got a makeable uphill putt for birdie. Shot gone for McDowell at 10, he's now just two ahead of Frenchman Havret, the world number 391. Clark's a goner, and so is my money, another shot gone at 13, he's now +5. -2 McDowell level Els, Havret +1 Mickelson, Johnson +2 Love +3 Cejka, Woods
How to sum up the atmosphere at Pebble Beach as the tournament arrives at its denouement? It's as if a cloak of doom is descending, choking all and sundry. Mickelson and Els safely away at 13, Woods finds the heart of the dancefloor with his second at 11. McDowell in a spot of bother at the tricky 10th, he's got a brute from the fringe for par. -3 McDowell -1 Els level Havret +1 Mickelson, Johnson +2 Love, Woods
Mickelson for par at 12, from 15 feet - drained it, Leftie's alive. Els for birdie from a few feet... straight in the middle, back to two off the lead, and that's only the second birdie on that hole today. Anyone else got this dreadful feeling their gut that that spiteful 14th might have a role to play in who wins? -3 McDowell -1 Els level Havret +1 Mickelson, Els, Johnson +2 Love, Woods
Many thanks Rob, Ben Dirs back to take you through to the finish - we hope. Els may have been knocked out of his groove, but he's just popped back in - absolute gem of a tee shot at 12, he's got a three-footer for birdie... Brandt Snedeker of the States is putting a charge together - birdies at 10, 11 and 12, he's -1 through 15 and +4 for the tournament. -3 McDowell level Havret +1 Mickelson, Els, Johnson +2 Love, Woods
Gmac splashes out top about 10 feet on nine but misses his par putt. Els, also in sand, can't get enough stop on the ball and drops another shot on 11. That's three bogeys in a row to slide to one over. Woods dribbles his par putt past on 10 and makes bogey, as playing partner Havret does the same but can't make the one coming back.-3 McDowell level Havret +1 Mickelson, Els, Johnson +2 Love, Woods
McDowell finds a bunker short of the ninth green. Woods finds hay to the right of the 10th. Love, with a very natty diamond pullover, undoes his good work by missing a tiddler on the 12th to slip back to two over. A quick English round-up - Westwood (71) +8, Poulter (78) +13, Donald (78) +14.
As Els toils on the 10th, playing partner Mickelson has a birdie putt but throws his arms in the air as it races past. He misses the one coming back and pulls a rueful face. Els takes two putts for a double-bogey six. Back on the ninth, Woods misses a par putt and crouches with his hands on his knees. McDowell makes a clutch par save on the eighth as he nears the treacherous back nine.-4 McDowell -1 Havret level Els +1 Love, Mickelson, Johnson +2 Woods
Els finds his ball, takes a drop and plonks his third into rubbish short and right of the green. Much like peeling a banana, this. Each successive player falling away is a bit more skin coming off, leaving McDowell standing tall in the middle. Davis Love inches back to one over - he made the cut on the number at seven over - after a birdie on 11.
McDowell safely negotiates the short seventh with a par while partner Johnson just wants to be anywhere else in the world as he drops another shot to slide to one over, seven over for the day. Els is hunting for his ball on the grassy cliff on 10. He needs to find it to claim hazard rights, if not it's three off the tee.-4 McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret level Mickelson +1 D Johnson+2 Woods, Love
Gregory Havret races his par putt past on the eighth, while Tim Clark bogeys nine to fall back to three over. Ernie Els drives onto the beach to the right of the 10th - it's a water hazard so he can still play it...but not ideal.-4 McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +2 Woods, Love, Cejka
Team, how's it? Ernie Els drops one at nine and leaves McDowell with a two-shot lead after the Northern Irishman makes his par on six. Woods makes another bogey on the eighth to slide to two over. -4 McDowell -2 Els, Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +2 Woods, Love, Cejka
Mickelson with a creative approach to the ninth green, right into the centre. Bit tentative from Els, his second comes up short. The first bad swing from Havret, he's found sand with his second at eight. Here's Woods, and he's come up short... heavy-handed from McDowell at six, he'll have a long one coming back for birdie... Love for birdie at nine - it singes the edge of the cup, he stays +1... Here's Hodgo for a while, I'm girding myself for the final push...-4 McDowell -3 Els -2 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +1 Love, Woods +2 Cejka, Clark
Woods gets his tee shot away at eight and Havret chases him down there, the Frenchman hitting it sweet so far. Which is more than you can say for Johnson, who's tugged his approach short and left at six. Five iron from McDowell, and he's turned that over and stuck it in some cabbage front left - no great dramas though. -4 McDowell -3 Els -2 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +1 Love, Woods +2 Cejka, Clark
G-Mac strikes! He drains that birdie at five to grab the outright lead. Johnson steadies the ship with a par before Els feathers in an absolute beauty for par at eight. Woods with a monster for birdie at seven and he's ruddy well nailed it, the comeback starts here... Els pushes his tee shot right at nine, Mickelson very nearly hooks his onto the beach... but it holds... -4 McDowell -3 Els -2 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +1 Love, Woods +2 Cejka, Clark
KB, Dublin, via text on 81111:
"Watching Johnson implode brings back memories (albeit horrible ones) of Harrington do the same on numerous occasions - fair play to McDowell though, keeping a level head."
Davis Love leaves his birdie effort high at eight but stays +1. It's another bogey for Woods at six, he leaves his par putt a few inches left and he drops back to +2, his challenge fading... -3 McDowell, Els -2 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +1 Love +2 Cejka, Clark, Woods
Absolute peach from McDowell at the par-three fifth, his ball skipping across the edge of the bunker and coming to rest 10 feet from the hole. Johnson's off-beam again, missing just left. Els shy with his second at eight, as is Mickelson. Let's not forget Havret, this for eagle at six... putting from off the front, and it's not too far away - the Frenchman gets to within one of the leaders. -3 McDowell, Els -2 Havret level Mickelson, D Johnson +1 Love, Woods
This just gets weirder and weirder - too much club or too much adrenalin, Woods has just carved his tee shot at six over the cliff top. Mickelson makes a good par at six and Els follows him in... McDowell for the outright lead at four, but his lengthy, right-to-lefter comes up short. He taps in for par, but Johnson sends his par putt sailing by, another one gone... -3 McDowell, Els -1 Havret, D Johnson level Mickelson +1 Love, Woods
Blimey, time to draw breath. I have to agree Bertie
(see below), I just don't know what's going off out there. Cejka birdied the sixth and is +2, but he's swapped placed with Kaymer, who bogeyed eight. Tom Watson bogeys nine and 10 to drop back to +7, but he's still in the top 20, Lee Westwood is in with a 71 for +8 overall.
Bertie, Toon, via text on 81111:
"This is possibly the weirdest start to a final round of a major I've seen! Dropped shots galore, eagle chances three- putted, balls getting lost... I'm hoping Tiger can get it together and show the form of yesterday after his poor start, but my money is on Els."
Woods let a shot go on the fourth to drop back to +1 and now Els has an eagle putt for the lead... he didn't hit it from about 10 feet, but that's a birdie and he has a share of the lead. This isn't pleasant to watch - Johnson's gone completely the other way this time, leaking his ball right off the tee at four and launching it over the cliffs... Woods makes a four-footer for par at the par-three five. -3 McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret, D Johnson level Mickelson +1 Love, Woods
McDowell trying to keep cool while Johnson's imploding beside him, which must be a bit like trying to ignore a burning man running through your living room. Seven-six for Johnson, five shots gone in two holes, he's back to one under... McDowell with a gutsy clutch putt, he has the outright lead. -3 McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret, D Johnson level Mickelson +1 Love, Woods
Laura, St Andrews, via text on 81111:
"Getting rage at the overblown reaction to Woods every time he touches the ball, hope a European wins - that would quieten them down."
They finally find Johnson's ball, but it was 15 seconds after the five-minute rule... suck it up Dustin, suck it up... Els has left himself with an eagle putt at six, he's cooking, and Johnson hits his fourth at three to the heart of the green, it could be just one shot gone...
The loneliness of a lost ball off the tee - back goes Johnson, he never did find it... Woods with a 90-foot putt at four and he's got a 10-footer for par. Great up and down for Els at five, he's looking pretty serene, and Mickelson matches him to stay level... by the way, McDowell found the front of the green at three... Havret over-borrows, but will tap in to stay -1... CLARK FOR EAGLE AT SIX! Nervy, but he's up to +2... -3 D Johnson, McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret level Mickelson, Woods +1 Love
Kaymer's made bogey at six to drop back to +2, Els plays a gossamer bunker escape at five. Davis Love back in the bunfight with eagle at six, while my bet Tim Clark is sitting there, Buddha-like, just churning out pars while the madness swirls around him - the Players Champion is +3, six off the lead...
Johnson's struggling to hold it together here, he's just followed that triple at two with a hook off the tee at three. In among all that carnage Greg Havret of France emerged with a par at three, he looks calmer than anyone. Els and Mickelson in spots of bother off the tee at five, as is Woods at four... lost ball for Johnson...
Mickelson for birdie from 15 feet... six feet past... double-bogey putt for leader Johnson, and he's poked it wide - a triple, McDowell of Portrush reclaims a share of the lead. Els looking solid, he sinks his birdie at four to get to within one - just a couple of minutes ago, he was five off the lead. Big moments everywhere you look - Woods with a 10-foot saver followed by a fist-pump, Mickelson's three-putted at four and stays level... my head is spinning, I'm pretty sure this leaderboard is correct... -3 D Johnson, McDowell -2 Els -1 Havret level Mickelson, Woods +2 Kaymer
It just got interesting - Johnson follows up his duff with a complete mishit, the ball bobbling forward all of an inch. He finds the short stuff with his fifth, but his nerves a jingle-jangling... Woods hacks out at three, he'll be flopping on from the fluff, before McDowell bends his third at two fully six feet past... frantic...
Make a par four drivable and Mickelson's going to have a go at driving it, of that you can be sure - he passed the hole at four. Deary me, Tiger's boomeranged his tee shot into some serious jungle at three... mistakes everywhere you look at the moment - Johnson's forced to play left-handed off the top of a greenside bunker and has muffed it... -6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Els, Havret level Mickelson, Woods +1 Kaymer
Havret and Woods manage pars at the second, although perhaps it should have been better for Woods - no signs of a great blossoming as yet. McDowell with 193 into the second... very nearly rattles the pin, but bobbles 25 feet by. Johnson's missed the dancefloor with a wedge, a mixture of nerves and the wind I think. -6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Els, Havret level Mickelson, Woods +1 Kaymer
Woods into the middle of the green at the second, he'll have a 10-footer for birdie. Miraculous recovery from Mickelson at three - out of the fairway trap and into the guts of the green, one of the shots of the week. McDowell and Johnson in for par at the first... Mickelson yanks his birdie effort at three and stays level... -6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Els, Havret level Mickelson, Woods
And another for Kaymer! The German's chipped in for his third straight birdie to get to +1. Nervy birdie putt from McDowell at the first, more chicken on that bone. Johnson, too, there's nerves out there. Maybe someone should have reminded them of that great Keith Miller quote: "Playing cricket is not pressure. I'll tell you what pressure is - pressure is a Messerschmitt up your backside..."
Leftie looking to be aggro off the tee, but he's found sand at three. Kaymer shaved the hole with that eagle attempt at four but he taps in the birdie and is +2, eight off the lead. His compatriot Cejka is out of the blocks with three straight birdies to stay +3 and little Timmy Clark (could I be any more patronising?) is matching him blow for blow.
Mickelson burns the hole with his birdie effort at two, but Els bends his in - he needed that after that miss at one, the South African gets to one under... sounds like someone's just downed a boot-full of tequila at a frat party every time Woods lets rip off the tee, and he's mullered that one down the middle at second. Gonna show Greg? No, can't be bothered... -6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Els, Havret level Mickelson, Woods
Rotten birdie putt from Tiger at the first, he's left himself plenty to do. McDowell's split the fairway down the first, Johnson's let his leak right into the fluffy stuff. Dropped shot for Tiger, three putts at the first. No mistakes from Havret of France, he makes his birdie putt to move to one under.
Kaymer's putting some pearls together, he's followed up that birdie at three by finding the green in one at the par-four fourth. Woods sticks his second 20 feet past the hole and Havret trumps him with ease, he'll have a 10-footer for birdie. Ernie to within 10 feet with his second at two... 5 live's just started, and I've put a link at the top... might not work though, didn't yesterday...
Mickelson going with putter from off the first green... AND HE'S DRAINED IT! Birdie, back to level and six shots off the lead. Can Leftie whip up a storm? Els lets his effort slide by, in for par. Havret on tee and he gets one safely away at the first. "Well done," says someone in the gallery, as if he was genuinely surprised to see the Frenchman make a connection. And Woods has lift off... full of odd noises, these Americans, was that someone woofing like a dog? -6 D Johnson -3 McDowell -1 Woods level Mickelson, Els, Havret
Ernie, with a swing liked whipped cream, sticks one under the cup at one. Here's Mickelson, and he's OK, although he'll be chipping on from just off the apron. Westwood cuts a forlorn figure after leaving a par putt short at 13, he knows it's all over for another major. Kaymer of Germany birdied three to get to +3 while Davis Love has bent in a 15-footer on two to join him. Tiger on tee...
Padraig Harrington makes a six-footer disappear at eight to climb to +7. Here's Mickelson on tee - deeply suspect slacks, nothing suspect about the swing. Two-time winner Ernie touches his peak to acknowledge the applause before rattling an iron down the middle. Watson showing plenty of mongrel today, he's just made another clutch four-footer at five. Paul Casey of England, the world number nine, birdies the par-five sixth and is six over.
Luke Donald of England is finding life a grind today, he's leaked three shots and is +10 through eight. Watson makes a birdie putt disappear at four and is now tied 14th on five over, phenomenal. Here come two of the big beasts, Mickelson and Els... Sergio's like a bear with a sore head today - he smashed the tee box at four and now he's pranged his sand iron after an escape at 14 - he makes bogey to drop back to +9.
It's as you were really - birdies to be had going out, anything can happen coming home. Westwood proves the point, birdieing 10 and 12 to drop back to +7. That albatross from Micheel at six was only the second in US Open history, following Taiwan's TC Chen in 1985. Chen finished second that year behind Andy North, making a quadruple bogey, inculding a double-hit, and losing out by one shot.
Kuchar making Pebble look like a bog-standard municipal pay-and-play - three under through six, he's charged into the top 10. Westwood finds the middle of the cup with his return putt at 11 to stay +6. Russell Henley is currently the top amateur - he and fellow American Scott Langley were the only non-pros to make it to the weekend, nine others did not. Henley is currently eight over. News of Jason Gore - he was three under through four but rather hit a wave after that - three bogeys between six and 10 before a triple at 14... it's not getting any easier...
Westwood misses left with a long-range par putt at 10, he'll drop back to six over. Kjeldsen of Denmark is having a good week, he just parred the first to remain +5. Here's Allenby of Australia curling in a long birdie putt at seven to get to +7, before Poulter pops in a three-footer at six to move to +6.
Sergio Garcia of Spain has birdied the 10th and is now tied for 22nd on seven over. The Swedish mafia are out and about, both Stenson and Karlsson level par through eight and seven respectively.
The England football team visited an orphanage in Soweto today. "It was great to be able to put a smile on the faces of people without hope," said Mbutto, aged six. Cracking week for Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe - birdie at two and he's tied for 13th at +5. Matt Kuchar of the States is two under through four and is also +5.
Ernie Els' last US Open win was 1997, so if he manages to win today he will set a new record for the longest gap between US Open wins. Watson in for par at the first. Micheel is throwing haymakers at Pebble and Pebble is throwing them back - double at the second, albatross at six, double at seven, birdie at eight. Humdinger. Poulter's in for another birdie at six to get back to +6.
Simon Stewart on 606:
"If things go as I expect, by the middle of the front nine Tiger will be within a couple of shots of the lead, whether he moves up or the leader moves back to him, or a combination. That'll probably be his aim, to get close to the lead and as fast as possible."
Sergio drains a monster coming down the hill at 10 and is now two under for the day and +8 for the week. Here's Tom Watson, champion at Pebble in 1982, strafing his tee shot down the first. He's playing with Edoardo Molinari of Italy, both men are tied on +6. Those boys at the top could have done worse than having a cosy fireside chat with Tom last night if they wanted to learn something about pressure - Watson had a few seconds in majors before he landed one and he might have passed on that great pearl of wisdom from Billie Jean King: Pressure is a Privilege...
Massive day for Gregory Havret of France today, paired with Tiger Woods in the penultimate group. Havret, a native of La Rochelle but now based in Aix-en-Provence, is the world number 391 but has won three times on the European Tour and says he's "relishing" the challenge. He's a pretty cool kind of guy, but then I've always had a soft spot for the French. KJ Choi of Korea birdies four to get to +6 and into a tie for 17th. Former British Open champion Ben Curtis is ripping it up - three under through 14 and +7 overall, but then we know he's a fan of links golf.
Westwood has added a birdie at six to birdies at four and five and is now tied 13th on +5. Poulter drops one at two to drop back to +7. This Dustin Johnson seems like a pretty laconic kind of guy - a 25-year-old from South Carolina, he only turned pro three years ago and has three wins on the PGA Tour. His best finish at the US Open was tied 40th last year (he's only played in two), and here's a stat for you - no-one has ever won the US Open at Pebble without having previously won the AT&T event on the same course. Johnson has won that event twice.
Luke Donald of England and Padraig Harrington of Ireland are playing together today and they've both parred the first to stay +7. Jim Furyk, champion in 2003, birdies four to get to seven over. Garcia can take encouragement from this week but he's not finding putting any easier - he prods a birdie effort right at eight to stay one under for his round and +8 for the tournament. ALBATROSS! Former US PGA champion Shaun Micheel has just slapped one in from the middle of the fairway at six. Lovely stuff.
Tiger Woods has never won a major when not leading going into the final round, while Phil Mickelson has a record five runners-up finishes in the event, so a snap could be broken this evening. Westwood made birdie at five by the way and is tied 16th on +6. Raining birdies on the par-four first, Poulter's got in on the act to get to +6 alongside Westwood.
2007:Chris in Stoke
texts to ask whether there will be coverage on the wireless this evening, and the answer is an emphatic YES! 5 live (the normal 5 live that everyone can get) will kick off at 2200 BST, just in time for Tiger's emergence into the clearing... Robert Allenby of Australia birdies the first to get to +7 and in a tie for 23rd...
... remember boys and girls, you can get involved by texting in your thoughts throughout the night or morning or whatever it is wherever you are, as well as rowing about such stuff as computer-rendered flags, whether it annoys you that G-Mac calls himself G-Mac and whether David Howell is the nicest man in all of golf (apart from Ken Brown). Dustin Johnson is even money to win this, Woods at 3-1, McDowell 9-2, Els 12-1, Mickelson 14-1. Westwood on the fifth after a birdie on fourth, and he stiffs it to a few feet.
You can get all the tee times through the link on the right-hand side of this page, but here's a few choice ones: 2005 BST - Poulter and Donald; 2015 - Harrington; 2055 - Watson; 2135 - Ishikawa; 2145 - Clark (I've got money on him); 2155 - Mickelson and Els; 2205 - Havret and Woods; 2215 - Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson.
A seven-over 78 for Matt Richardson of Worcester today, he finishes his first US Open 22 over, but his aim would have been simply to make the cut. A bogey for Gore at six, back to +8 the American goes. Henrik Stenson, who found some form yesterday before fading, has parred the first to remain +8.
Shotrock on 606:
"How can you not like Dustin to hold off Tiger? He seems to have ice water in those veins. But then again, this is the US Open and those fairways might get tighter as the day wears on. And don't forget about Ernie. You heard it here first."
McGowan really showing why he's a Ryder Cup probable, he went out in one under today and has just picked up birdie at 10. Lee Westwood has kicked off with three straight pars. Dustin Johnson is second in driving distance on the PGA Tour this season, behind Bubba Watson, so as well as being accurate with his irons, he's also a bomber. But here's a telling stat for you - Johnson is tied 107th in putting.
SmithersJones on 606:
"Apparently they've pushed the tees up on 14 and 18, so the likes of Mickelson and Woods will be able to try to put pressure on Johnson, assuming he's still leading by then..."
Peter Hanson of Sweden is two under after seven and +8 for the tournament, which puts him above his more illustrious compatriots Stenson and Karlsson. Defending champion Lucas Glover is 14 over for the week after doubles at four and seven. Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland is three over for his round for +15, Welshman Rhys Davies is four over through 16 for +18. Canada's former Masters champion Mike Weir, who had a shocking 83 yesterday, regained some pride with a 75 today; another former Masters champion Zach Johnson is eight over through 16 for +22 overall.
Did I just say Justin Gore was the man of the moment? I meant Jim Herman - a Nationwide Tour player from Cincinnati - is five under through 17. England's Ross McGowan is one over through nine for +11 overall on a dank-looking day in Northern California. Bit of a breeze, but nothing too dramatic.
Dustin Johnson leads for a reason, as leaders of golf tournaments usually do - the world number 29, a two-time winner at Pebble Beach, leads greens hit in regulation, with 40 out of 54, three more than Germany's Alex Cejka. Both, however, have one thing in common - their putting's not crash hot. England's Lee Westwood has completed the the first and walked off with a par. Jason Gore the man of the moment - he played in the final group of the 2005 US Open, carding an 84 to drop back to 48th - he's made three birdies in his first five holes to get to +7.
We have players out on the course already, with American pair Ben Curtis and Jason Gore both three under through seven and four respectively - they're both +7 though, miles off beam. Birdie for Sergio at two, he's +8. One surprising stat for you (unless you've already looked at the stats) is that the toughest hole on the course isn't the formidable 14th, but the punishing par-three 17th, which is averaging 3.48 to the par-five 14th's 5.46.
Diggers on 606:
"Johnson is a two-time winner at Pebble Beach, with a local caddie. To top that he seems to be totally fearless. If I had to make a bet, it would be on him."
Hello! I have a feeling we are about to witness a major classic - a relative unknown (to British audiences at least) leading going into the final round, a Northern Irishman in the mix, a few European stalwarts up there, a Young Turk in Ishikawa, two big beasts in Mickelson and Els - and the biggest beast of all... stick around - as these golfers like to say, it should be a lot of fun...