After opening rounds of 66 and 67, Tiger Woods was far enough in front of the field that people started talking about the chase for second. But today, Retief Goosen and Jose Maria Olazabal led a charge of players who are not content with second best. And with Tiger faltering in the third round, Sunday’s play should be interesting.
Woods had some bogie trouble today, who was even par at the turn and only managed to shoot -1 for the day. Normally, Woods has no trouble scoring well, but only had three birdies on the day. Olazabal had but one bogie (at 13), but had two birdies and an eagle 2 at the par four 12th to shoot a -4 68, which was good enough for second place at -11 for the tournament. Goosen bogied 5 and 17 but managed 8 birdies for a 66, putting him in the clubhouse at -9 in third place.
Ironically, Olazabal is only in the tournament because Seve Ballasteros withdrew, becoming the first alternate to make the final group at the British Open. US Open champion Michael Campbell lurks 5 shots back in 7th place, just behind Sergio Garcia and Brad Faxon.
Scotsman Colin Montgomery got off to a solid start, -2 after the front nine, and had the support of the hometown crowd today, but mustered only an even par back nine and sits at -9 for the tournament, tied with Goosen for third.