BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Golf: US Open  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Statistics
US Masters
US Open
The Open
USPGA
Ryder Cup
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

  Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 23:44 GMT 00:44 UK
Woods keeps rivals at bay
Tiger Woods
Woods did not have an easy day

Tiger Woods endured a frustrating third round at the US Open but ended the day as he began, with a commanding lead.

Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson led the charge as the birdies kept coming, and the field closed to within two strokes at one stage.


Even if I get the deficit back, Tiger will go out and shoots three or four under par
Phil Mickelson

The world number one, however, had to wait until the 15th hole for his first birdie, by which time he had already dropped two strokes.

But by the time Woods picked up his second birdie at the 17th his lead was back to a healthy four shots, and he remains a strong favourite to take the title on Sunday.

"Today was a long day and it seemed like I was over par for most of it," Woods said afterwards.

"I saw the guys were making a run at it, at me, and I just tried to keep hanging in there.

"I didn't hit the ball particularly well starting out but I started hitting a little bit more crisp, but not like I did the first two days."

By the 11th hole things were looking grim for the Masters champion as he stood two over for the day, with cheers ringing out as his rivals made birdies elsewhere.

Sergio Garcia
Garcia will play with Woods on Sunday

Chief among them was Mickelson, who had a typically inconsistent round that began and ended poorly, with a stretch of pure genius in the middle holes.

"It was a fun day there for the middle of the round when I got things going, but the start didn't look promising," the world number two said.

"I knew that I needed to turn it around but the last thing on my mind was trying to get in contention to win because, even if I get it back, Tiger goes out and shoots three or four under par and it wouldn't make any difference."

The world number two dropped three shots in the first five holes, but then made six birdies in 11 before a bogey five on the last for a round of 67.

Mickelson will start the final day on level par alongside Jeff Maggert, who did tremendously well to card the first round of the week (68) that did not contain a bogey.

Garcia played some typically flamboyant strokes on his way to a 67, collecting two birdies in the closing holes to ensure he will make up an exciting final pair with Woods on Sunday.

Australia's Robert Allenby was one of the big movers of the day with a 67 to go one over, but it was Nick Faldo who made the best of the relatively easy conditions.

The Englishman went round in 66 to finish on two over and in position at least for a top-15 finish that would guarantee his presence next year.


US Open: Third-round scores
(US unless stated)

-5 Tiger Woods 67 68 70
-1 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 68 74 67
Even Phil Mickelson 70 73 67, Jeff Maggert 69 73 68
+1 Robert Allenby (Aus) 74 70 67, Billy Mayfair 69 74 68, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 70 68 73
+2 Nick Faldo (Gbr) 70 76 66, Justin Leonard 73 71 68
+4 Tom Byrum 72 72 70, Scott McCarron 72 72 70, Davis Love 71 71 72
+5 Mark O'Meara 76 70 69, Charles Howell 71 74 70, Dudley Hart 69 76 70, KJ Choi (Kor) 69 73 73

Back to top

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC Sport's Tony Adamson
"Faldo's best return in sixteen US Open outings"
Nick Faldo
"It was one of the great rounds of my career"
Padriag Harrington
"It was a tougher day"
BBC Sport Online's US Open 2002 news section

Fourth round

Third round

Second round

First round

Player profiles

Background features

Sports Talk

Internet link
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more US Open stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more US Open stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales