Tiger Woods feels positive on his chances of contending at US Open

Tiger Woods feels positive on his chances of contending at US Open

Tiger Woods feels positive on his chances of contending at US Open

"Hopefully I can play well like this on the weekend and I've got a great chance of winning this tournament".

"If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups", Woods said. This week I didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off.

An missed the green with his approach but played a deft chip to three feet.

"I'm happy with the way I hung in there, pretty sour way to end the tournament, but all in all I feel like I did a lot of good things this week and we'll take the positives from it".

Woods was already looking ahead and suggested that his putting woes are a "minor tweak here and there".

Bryson DeChambeau shot a six-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead at the Memorial Tournament in OH on Saturday, while Tiger Woods made a charge with a blistering front nine before fading coming home. He needed 118 putts.

For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695 meaning he gave up more than 7 shots on the greens; had that number been 0, in theory he would have finished 7 strokes better and been leading or certainly in a position to chase down eventual playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau. He missed the green from the fairway on the 18th on the first extra hole. "Quantify it down to where I can say, all right, it's just a 155 [yard] shot".

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The eagle brought Woods to five-under on the tournament, just five strokes off the lead, just as play was suspended due to weather concerns. Six players have won in their first event at No. 1, most recently Dustin Johnson in Mexico past year.

Chile teenager Joaquin Niemann, the world number 406 making only his fifth professional start, who was at the top of the leaderboard after both of the first two rounds, mixed five birdies with two double bogeys in a 73 to share sixth with the world number three.

Woods suffered three-putt bogeys on 16 and 18 to finish with a 68, tied for seventh at nine-under 207. DeChambeau pulled within one shot with a birdie on the par-5 11, and he took the lead with a two-shot swing on the next hole with a birdie as Cantlay made bogey from the bunker.

DeChambeau failed to hole his 8-footer for par to win the Memorial in regulation, but he wasn't fazed.

"I wish I could have stayed up there at 11-under, " Woods said.

Phil Mickelson's prospects looked grim after he opened with a 74 and was 3 over through his first eight holes of round two. But his putting doomed him once again despite one of the best ball-striking performances of his life. "I played really, really well - played beautifully, actually had control of what I was doing out there - I just didn't finish it off".

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