Oakmont's famous Church Pews, which separate the 3rd and 4th fairways, were among the many menacing features awaiting the players on Saturday. Only two players--Tiger Woods (69) and Steve Stricker (68)--managed to shoot under-par rounds.
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Justin Rose shot 73. At five over, he is still in the hunt for his first major championship.
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Stephen Ames is also tied for third at five over.
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Watson's third round had one major blemish, a triple-bogey 7 on No. 9. He is tied for third at five over after shooting 74.
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Bubba Watson, who started the day one shot off the lead at one over, played the first eight holes in even par.
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Niclas Fasth made seven bogeys and a double, but an eagle at the par-5 4th hole and birdies at 7 and 10 helped keep him in contention. He is seven over for the tournament.
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Angel Cabrera started the day with the lead at even par but couldn't hold it. He made seven bogeys and a birdie to shoot 76.
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Paul Casey couldn't match his brilliant second-round 66, but he managed a solid 72 and is three shots off the lead at five over.
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Woods hit his second shot on No. 3 to 10 feet and made the putt for his first birdie of the day. He made his second birdie on No. 4 and parred every other hole except 18, which he bogeyed.
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Ernie Els, who won the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont, shot 74 and fell to 13 over for the tournament.
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Nick Dougherty was paired with Woods on Saturday. The Englishman bogeyed the 1st hole and went on to shoot 74. He is nine over for the tournament.
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Woods played brilliantly from tee to green on Saturday. He hit 9 of 14 fairways and 17 greens in regulation, and he didn't make a bogey until the 18th hole.
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A huge gallery turned out for Woods on the first tee box. He started the day at five over par, five shots behind the second-round leader, Angel Cabrera.
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Aaron Baddeley's up-and-down day included five bogeys and five birdies. His even-par 70 put him in the lead at two over for the tournament, two shots ahead of Tiger Woods.
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Woods, who has never come from behind in the final round to win a major, will play in the final group on Sunday. Go to more U.S. Open galleries
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