Senden in hunt as Tiger tanks
Sun June 17, 2012 6:11pm
TIGER Woods tanked, former champions Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk took charge, and John Senden gave Australia hope going into the final round of the US Open.
Woods' challenge for a 15th major championship title weakened considerably on Saturday with a scratchy five-over-par 75 third round on the brutally tough Olympic Club course in San Francisco, leaving 2003 winner Furyk (70) and 2010 winner McDowell (68) with golden chances to claim their second major.
That pair were tied in front at one-under 209, with joint overnight leader Woods five strokes back in a tie for 14th.
Queenslander Senden fired an impressive 68 to be tied eighth, four strokes from the leaders.
Swede Fredrick Jacobson (68) was in outright third on 211 with Lee Westwood (67), Ernie Els (68) and Blake Adams (70) tied fourth at 212.
Renowned for his sweet ball striking, 41-year-old Senden gave himself a real chance to claim his first major, and the first by an Australian in six years.
"I've been getting more and more experience in the major championships but Sunday with the pressure will be tough," Senden said.
"But I'll just be going out there, playing my game and do the best I can. I think we have a chance to give it a shot tomorrow."
After three rounds Senden was tied sixth in stats for fairways hit and tied second for greens in regulation.
But he'll need a few more putts to drop, similar to his impressive curling birdie putt on the last on Saturday, as he is ranked tied 65th of the remaining 72 players in putting.
"Finishing it off like that today has given me that little bit of belief that the putts are rolling in and with these difficult greens I need to keep doing that," Senden said.
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