Phil “Lefty” Mickelson stands alone at the top of the leaderboard after recording an even par round to finish at -1 through Saturday, despite a bogey on the final hole. There are currently three players a stroke off the lead, as Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker all go into the final round at even par. Mahan and Stricker both finished their rounds with back to back bogeys to fall behind Mickelson.
Mickelson has finished in second place at the U.S. Open five times (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009). The most heart breaking of those would be 2006, when he led right down to the final hole and only needed a par to claim the victory. Instead, he ended up double bogeying the hole and dropped out of first place. Geoff Ogilvy was the recipient of Lefty’s ill-timed miss on the final hole. Will this finally be the year that Lefty breaks through and adds the U.S. Open to his hall of fame resume?
Luke Donald has been in contention for most of the weekend, but a bogey on the 17th hole, followed by a double bogey on the 18th have him entering the final round two strokes behind Mickelson.
Tiger Woods started out Saturday only four shots off the lead but he could not stay that close for long. Tiger’s rough Saturday saw him shoot a six over par to end up at +9 through Saturday. Woods birdied the first hole on Saturday and things appeared to be moving in the right direction, but they quickly turned for the worse. Over the course of the day, Tiger bogied seven times on holes 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, and 18. As a result, Woods dropped 18 positions to 31st overall. Woods will have to wait to win another major, as he has been stuck at 14 major victories since 2008.