It would take an awful lot of backing up from Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes to bring the rest of the field behind them into the picture at the 109th U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park's Black Course.
Both Glover and Barnes are atop the leaderboard, currently five shots clear of a star-studded group at two-under that includes Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Hunter Mahan and Ross Fisher. Mike Weir is alone at one-under for the event while the group at even-par features Tiger Woods, Soren Hansen, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson and Retief Goosen.
This thing is far from over as history has shown that the leaders traditionally back up, at least a little, through the final round of a US Open. Should that happen and a player or two within striking distance (two, three, four, five shots back) gets on a roll, there is no telling what the result of this Open will be. It remains to be seen if either or both Glover and/or Barnes can remain five full shots ahead of the field for the duration of the final round as this is uncharted water for both of these players.
TIGER: Has Tiger Woods played himself back into this tournament? That is the question. You would think so after posting rounds of 74-69-68 in his first three rounds, good, but not great scores, that leave him seven shots back of the leaders with only 11 holes left in his US Open.
For all the conversation of where Tiger was after the Memorial, it might have been all done in by the luck of the draw. Starting early-late in this Open put Tiger on the wrong side of the weather on Thursday, then when things got backed up on Friday, not only did he not put a peg in the ground for what seemed like forever, he missed some of the best scoring conditions Bethpage had seen all week long. What Tiger needs now is to get white hot and have everyone in front of him fade, which is not a likely combination.
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