U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Roars into Contention with 66

Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods has put himself in position for a 15th major title after a brilliant display of golf on Saturday that reminded everyone that the world no. 1 can still put on a show. Woods fired a 5-under 66 that included eight biridies to surge into solo third at the US Open, fives shots out of the lead.

However, Woods must play catch up to a man who has tamed Pebble Beach like no other man has done since Tiger did ten years ago. Dustin Johnson, the two-time defending champion at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, wrested the lead from erstwhile leader Graeme McDowell after a 66. Johnson has a 207, three shots up on second-round leader McDowell, who had a 71, and five strokes ahead of Woods. Johnson, McDowell, and Woods are the only players under par going into the final round on Sunday.

Ernie Els (72) and Gregory Havret (69) are at 213, followed by Phil Mickelson, who will need to make up seven shots on Sunday to win his first U.S. Open after a 2-over 73.

As for Woods, he will need to play tomorrow like he did on Saturday if not a little bit better if he is to win his first tournament since a minor car accident in December revealed his marital infidelities. Aside from Johnson being virtually unbeatable at Pebble Beach the last two years, another thing going against Woods is the fact that he has never won a major tournament when he is not at least tied for the lead going into the final round.