'Tiger's still in it'
Woods can bounce back from frustrating Saturday, says Butch
Last Updated: June 17, 2012 10:46am
Woods: shot 75 on Saturday to fall five shots behind McDowell and Furyk
Don't write off Tiger Woods' US Open chances just yet.
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"In all of Tiger's 14 major championship wins he has never won one when he didn't have the lead going into the final round. But there is a first time for everything."
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That's the view of Sky Sports pundit Butch Harmon, despite the 14-time major champion lying five shots behind co-leaders Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk after day three at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Woods was at the zenith of the leaderboard after round two, but a five-over par 75 on Saturday means he has it all to do the win the US Open for a fourth time.
"I think we were almost giving Woods the championship on Friday and the bookmakers certainly did," said Harmon, who coached the American between 1993 and 2004.
"We saw him play as well as he's played in a long time during the first two rounds, but today [Saturday] we saw him going back to the troubles he has had in the past. But he is Tiger Woods and he could come out tomorrow and shoot a really low one.
"The one thing you have to remember is in all of Tiger's 14 major championship wins he has never won one when he didn't have the lead going into the final round. He has never come from behind to win but there is a first time for everything."
Harmon added: "I did not think there would be anybody under par today. I thought the leader would be even or one-over.
"There were some fantastic rounds today and more in the 60s than in the first two rounds combined which shows the course can be handled if you hit good shots."
McDowell, the US Open winner in 2010, and Furyk are at one-under par heading into the final round, two shots clear of Fredrik Jacobson and three in front of two-time US Open champion Ernie Els, world number three Lee Westwood, Blake Adams and Nicolas Colsaerts.
However, Colin Montgomerie, who finished second in this major in 1994, 1997 and 2006, says a host of players still have a chance of lifting the title.
"It is wide open now that Woods has faltered. There were 14 scores in the 60s today and Woods shot 75; that is a really bad day," Montgomerie told Sky Sports.
"He's opened it all up for everyone else and Graeme [McDowell], so far, is doing a fantastic job. The whole of Britain wishes him well."