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rmany. Philipp Oswald of AustriaSAN FRANCISCO -- The one thing everybody agreed on entering the U.S. Open was that par would be a good score in any round at the unforgiving Olympic Club course. Just look at Tiger Woods, David Toms and Jim Furyk. When the third round started Saturday under blue skies along the California coast, this trio of major champions was tied for the lead at 1 under -- an ordinary number any other week. Not even one other player in the field that began at 156 was at par. And par is shaping up to be a final score that might be all it takes to win. You can watch live coverage on TSN today at 5pm et/2pm pt. You can also catch live streaming on TSN.ca from Holes 8/18 and Marquee Groups beginning at 4pm et/1pm pt. "I dont see it getting much away from that," said Graeme McDowell, the 2010 champion at Pebble Beach who is two shots behind the leaders. "As this golf course gets firmer and firmer, theres no rain forecast. Its up to the USGA, really. They can have whatever they want with it." Nobody has had his way with Olympic. Joe Ogilvie already had four bogeys and a double bogey through the treacherous first six holes Saturday, dropping to 14 over -- six shots over the cut line the day before. The thick rough and towering trees that line the tight, twisting fairways on the undulating Lake Course swallowed so many of golfs best, including defending champion Rory McIlroy. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland set a U.S. Open record last year at Congressional with a 131 through 36 holes. He was 19 shots worse at Olympic, with a 73 giving him a two-day score of 150 to miss the cut for the fourth time in his last five tournaments. "They set it up like a real classic U.S. Open," McIlroy said. Those who have adjusted are the ones still around for the weekend. Woods survived a patch of bogeys early in his round for an even 70 that took him another round closer to that elusive 15th major title. Furyk rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt from off the third green in the morning for a 69. Woods and Toms, who showed a steady hand with the putter for a 70, joined him in the afternoon when the conditions were fiery and emotions were frayed. They were the only players to beat par for 36 holes at 1-under 139. "This tournament, youre just plodding along," Woods said. "This is a different tournament. You have to stay patient, stay present, and youre just playing for a lot of pars. This is not a tournament where we have to make a bunch of birdies." A wild afternoon ended that way, too. The second-round leaders restored some order to a major that for a stunning moment had been taken over by a 17-year-old who only two weeks ago couldnt win his state high school championship. Beau Hossler went 11 holes without making a bogey, and took the outright lead on one of the toughest holes at Olympic. He got lost in the thick rough and trees on the brutal front nine, dropping five shots in eight holes for a 73 that left him four shots behind. That wasnt the only surprise. Also leaving San Francisco far earlier than anyone expected were Luke Donald, the worlds top-ranked player, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson, coming off a win last week at the St. Jude Classic. It hasnt taken much at this U.S. Open to humble even the best players. When the last group trudged up the hill toward the stately clubhouse at Olympic, the experience at the top of the leaderboard was impossible to ignore. "Whoever wins this golf tournament is going to be a great champion, somebody thats probably won events before, that can handle the emotions and can handle the adversity in a U.S. Open, and somebody with experience," said Toms, who won the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. "At least thats what I think. You never know. Strange things can happen, but I would think that you would see a lot of that on the leaderboard come late Sunday." It starts with Woods, who is coming off his second win of the year at the Memorial and looks as strong as ever. Hitting shots in both directions, mainly with irons off the tees, he overcame three straight bogeys on his front nine, two of those shots not far off from being easy birdie chances. His only regret was not taking advantage of having a wedge in his hand on the last three holes, all birdie opportunities that became pars. When he regained a share of the lead with Furyk on the 13th with a 4-foot birdie putt, Woods was coming up on a series of holes that allowed players to at least think of making birdie. In a greenside bunker in two on the par-5 16th -- shortened to 609 yards Friday -- Woods blasted out weakly and missed a 12-foot putt. With a mid-iron in his hand in the fairway on the par-5 17th, he went over the green and down a deep slope. Despite a superb pitch to 8 feet, he missed the putt. And with a wedge from the fairway on the 18th, he came up well short and into a bunker, having to settle for par. Pars arent bad, though. McDowell dropped three shots on his last four holes for a 72. Even so, he was very much in the hunt two shots behind at 141, along with recent LSU alum John Peterson (70), Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium (69) and Michael Thompson, the first-round leader who followed his opening 66 with a 75. "Its just tough to have fun out there," McDowell said. Woods had won eight straight times when he had at least a share of the lead going into the weekend at the majors, a streak that ended at the 2009 PGA Championship when Y.E. Yang chased him down from four shots back. Woods hasnt seriously contended in the final hour of a major since. Asked what it might take for anyone to win this time, another former winner at this tournament deferred to the USGA. 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Given their record so far (2-9), Pierce wasnt making any bold predictions Thursday about the Bombers ability to get back in the playoff hunt. "We havent showed maturity in certain situations. Until we do that thats tough to answer," he said after watching from the sidelines for two months thanks to an injured foot. "Until we show that we can move on from being undisciplined at times and all that stuff, I think thats going to be a question mark." If the Bombers fall flat Friday, their losing streak will stretch to five. Hamilton (4-7) snapped its own five-game losing streak last week when it pounded Edmonton 51-8. The Eskimos are the other team on Winnipegs short win list. "I hope it makes us feel better about ourselves, I know that, and that usually makes you have more confidence," said Hamilton coach George Cortez. "They say winning solves all problems . . . We are disappointed we dont have more wins and we are looking to get some now." The Bombers capitalized on turnovers to beat Hamilton 32-25 for their second win of the season Aug. 16, after edging Edmonton by a point two weeks earlier. Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris remembers the game well, since his four fumbles resulted in three of those turnovers, and says hes taken some lessons in ball carrying to prevent a repeat. "Its definitely a game I havent forgot," he said. Hes not expecting the Bombers to make life easier for him this time. "We know this team. Theyre going to come ouut of the locker-room playing like some crazy dogs, you know, a desperate team looking to do whatever it takes to get a victory," he said.dddddddddddd"Were only two games up on them and were . . . as desperate as they are." Since that last Winnipeg win, slump doesnt begin to describe the Bombers situation -- and theyre failing on both sides of the ball. This month, theyve scored a total of 27 points and given up 121 in three losses, digging themselves deeper into the CFL cellar. Backup quarterback Joey Elliott was no more successful than Alex Brink as they waited for Pierce to recover from a foot injury, and the slide cost head coach Paul LaPolice his job. They havent had a single offensive touchdown in their last three games. Demond Washington produced their only touchdown on a 114-yard punt return Sept. 9 in a close game against Saskatchewan, which the Bombers lost by one frustrating point. All-star linebacker Jovon Johnson says with all the player changes, the defence just has no chemistry this season. Last seasons Bomber "Swaggerville" defence was one of the best in the CFL and Johnson was named the leagues outstanding defensive player. "Defences in this league are what makes the teams go, so if you dont have chemistry on defence its going to be a long season," he said "Right now weve just got to get better, each aspect of the game." About the only ray of sunshine is that fans seem to keep coming out. The Bombers have had sellouts or near-sellouts for every home game. Interim Winnipeg head coach Tim Burke hasnt lost his sense of humour at least. "Certainly there shouldnt be any overconfidence at this point," he said Thursday. "Weve had very good practices this week, so its a matter of what team shows up tomorrow." ' ' ' w






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