Singh and Woods excel from Tee to Green but are next to last and dead last in the field in putting. World # 1 a toss up between the two on Sunday.
Day Three of the US Open produced some drama on the back nine but when the dust settled two time champion Retief Goosen had a three stroke lead over two guys who are nice feel good stories (Olin Browne and Jason Gore) but who are never going to win a US Open. Goosen sits four strokes clear of Michael Campbell who at one time was one of the world's most promising golfers but has never contended for a major and Mark Hensby. The only guy I can see realistically winning besides Goosen is David Toms who had a disastrous back 9 for the 2nd straight day and sits 5 strokes back. Toms does have the game to keep up the heat should Goosen falter. World #1 Tiger Woods who played very well tee to green but had some awful reads on the green sits 6 shots back. World #2 Vijay Singh is last in the field in putting this week and sits 7 back. Tee to Green, Singh has easily been the best golfer this week but seems to be incapable of making a putt from outside of 3 feet. Tomorrow's real drama could be as to who leaves the week ranked #1 in the world. Tiger Woods entered the week three tenths of a point ahead of Singh- basically they are in a dead heat, and the player who finished ahead of the other tomorrow will leave the US Open without a Championship but with the #1 ranking.
Tomorrow could be a snoozer like the 2000 Final Round where Tiger Woods lapped the field. I have no reason to believe anyone will come close to touching Goosen. My prediction: Goosen shoots a safe 72 to win by 3 shots over Toms and Hensby.
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