The Masters former champion, Tiger Woods, obviously tumbled in this season’s tournament, creating a big opportunity for Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk to win the finals.
McDowell and Furyk, a pair of U.S. Open Champions, managed to beat par at The Olympic Club and they are now moving on to the final battle. For Tiger Woods, he simply got battered and his expertise got drifted away.
In the 33 times he has started a round atop the leaderboard at a major, Woods never had a tougher struggle with par compared to what he had last Saturday at the U.S. Open with a 5-over 75 score that made his uphill climb to the majestic clubhouse overlooking San Francisco feel a lot longer. We just don’t know what happened to Woods that he performed poorly during this season. But thanks to late birdies by McDowell and Furyk, it won’t be getting any easier this upcoming Sunday.
In the previous games, McDowell showed the kind of fight that won him a U.S. Open two years ago down the coast at Pebble Beach. He scratched out pars and finished with a 4-foot birdie putt that gave him a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead going into the final round at The Olympic Club. He even said that it was probably for the first time this week that he really enjoyed the round of golf, of course, since he won that round of the game.
On the other hand, Furyk, who is also bidding for another trophy from golf’s toughest test, outclassed Woods during the final pairing with key bunker saves and an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th for a 70, making him the only player who has yet to have a round over par. Just tune in to the tournament for you to see if who reigns in the end.