Woods (left) bogeyed the
first and last holes of the day;
Westwood celebrates a birdie
to finish off his third round.
Timeline By Ryan Herrington
10: 15 a.m.
Television producer Mark Harrowell and USGA museum director Robert Williams have commandeered
a small trailer near the practice green to conduct
interviews with several veteran golf journalists for a
four-part documentary about the history of the Open.
It will air next spring prior to the 100th anniversary
of Francis Ouimet’s landmark victory at The Country
Club in 1913.
2: 52 p.m.
On ESPN Radio, analyst Curtis Strange says, “The greens
here at Oakmont are getting very hard and fast.” The
mix-up is a little understandable, some of the putting
surfaces at Olympic Club’s Lake course are, to use a
description later given by Jim Furyk, getting “glossy,”
something the other U.S. Open site is always known for.
Westwood makes a long putt for birdie on the 18th to
close out at 67. A share of the day’s low mark will move
him from T- 29 to T- 4. It’s the sixth time since 2008 that
Westwood has been within six strokes of the lead after
the third round of a major.
11: 42 a.m.
Myles Mason stands in line at the American Express
tent to pick up a earpiece that transmits an ESPN Radio
feed that fans could listen to while walking the course.
As he walks away, Mason sees that the booth also is
offering 10-minute playing lessons. Turning to the next
guy in line, he notes. “It’s going to take a lot longer than
10 minutes to fix my swing.”
3: 10 p.m.
Innocence sounds something like the voice of Peter
Mackee. The 4-year-old is with his father, Lars, in the
grandstand behind the second hole, watching Graeme
McDowell finish up play. As the Ulsterman walks to the
third tee, Peter breaks the silence with a tiny “Go G-Mac.” McDowell turns and gives the boy a thumbs-up.
5: 24 p.m.
In a tournament still looking for a defining shot, Ernie
Els’ chip-in on the par- 5 17th for eagle might fit the bill.
The 3 gets the two-time Open champion into a share
of fourth place and secures him a lead role in Sunday’s
3: 18 p.m.
Tiger Woods’ play at the arduous par- 4 first hole is a
harbinger of things to come. Paired with Furyk in the
day’s last twosome, Woods hits a poor drive into the
left rough, lays up on his second shot then wedges to 10
feet. But he misses the par putt. When Furyk also makes
bogey, it’s the first time since early Thursday morning
that no player is under par for the championship.
5: 47 p.m.
Call it an early Father’s Day present. John Peterson
makes an ace on the 180-yard 13th hole with a 7-iron,
exulting after the hole-in-one that puts him just two off
the lead. En route to the green, Peterson is greeted by his
dad, who comes inside the ropes to congratulate his son.
12: 57 p.m.
A trio of teenage girls wait near a crosswalk on the
16th hole and watch Texas sophomore-to-be Jordan
Spieth pass by. Staring at him as he continues down the
fairway, one of them turns to her friends and says, “I’ll
pay you $20 if you ask him whether he has a girlfriend.”
1: 56 p.m.
Players will eventually acknowledge that today’s
round will be the best of the four for scoring. Casey
Wittenberg shows the afternoon groups that a low
number is possible by posting a 67 in the sixth twosome
off the first tee.
4: 25 p.m.
Among the large group walking inside the ropes following Furyk and Woods is Fred Couples. The 1992 Masters
champ will walk the whole round watching the pairing
(which includes Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, Couples’
longtime looper), but the 52-year-old has no regrets
about not being in the field. “Too hard,” he says.
6: 10 p.m.
Brother and sister Russ and Trish Hinzy, spectators on
the 14th hole, are going old school. The duo has a pair
of cardboard periscopes bearing “The Open” insignias
that they purchased for $5 in 1975 during the U.S. Open
at Medinah CC. The viewing devices have now been to
seven U. S. Opens: three at Olympic Club (1987, 1998,
2012), two at Medinah (1975 and 1990), and one each at
Hazeltine National (1991) and Olympia Fields (2003).
2: 40 p.m.
All around Olympic Club fans have acknowledged Phil
Mickelson’s 42nd birthday with impromptu renditions
of “Happy Birthday.” Still, Lefty’s time in San Francisco
hasn’t necessarily been much of a treat. With a third-round 71, Mickelson fails to post an even-par or better
score in any of the first three rounds for the first time
in a U. S. Open in which he has made the cut since the
championship last came to the Bay Area in 1998.
4: 50 p.m.
One of those watching the final pairing around the seventh
green is San Francisco mayor Ed Lee. An avid 16-handicap-
per who plays at TPC Harding Park most weekends, Lee
is happy to be at Olympic Club, where he hosts an annual
fundraising event that benefits a local hospital.
6: 46 p.m.
Furyk’s perfect five-for-five mark in getting up and
down from bunkers comes to an end when he bogeys
the 16th hole after hitting his approach on the difficult
par 5 into the sand. Still, by day’s end Furyk will be tied
with McDowell at one-under 209 and be playing with
him Sunday for the third time in four days.
4: 52 p.m.
Although written off by many after his opening 73, Lee
7: 19 p.m.
A book-end bogey on the final hole gives Woods a
surprising five-over 75, matching his worst third-round
score in the U.S. Open as a professional.