Woods sinking like a stone

Tiger Woods made a poor start to the final round of the US Open

Tiger Woods made a poor start to the final round of the US Open

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Tiger Woods made an early move in the final round of the US Open in San Francisco - but it was further backwards and he was sinking fast.

Woods had dropped from joint leader to 14th with an error-ridden Saturday 75 and when he resumed with two bogey and then a double bogey he was not even in the top 30.

More to the point, he was nine shots adrift of front-runners Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk, both former winners of the title as well.

In much colder conditions and with a mist rolling in from the Pacific Ocean Woods started by driving with a three-wood into the right rough.

For the second day running he had to lay up on the 532-yard par four and once again he could not get up and down.

On the 428-yard second he went long into a bunker, came out 12 feet short and by missing that went to six over. Then came the 224-yard third. Not only did he miss the green off the tee, he missed it with his chip as well and was still some 60 feet from the flag.

His next attempt came up way short again and a third successive five went on his card to leave him eight over.

It was all a huge disappointment for the 36-year-old, who has not won a major since the 2008 US Open, but had such high hopes after winning the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago and then starting with scores of 69 and 70.

England's Justin Rose parred the first four to remain five over, good enough for a share of 16th, while Padraig Harrington was six over and 18th, having followed an opening bogey with two pars.

McDowell, winner down the Californian coast at Pebble Beach two years ago, and 42-year-old Furyk, whose only major victory came in Chicago in 2003, were two in front of Swede Fredrik Jacobson, with England's Lee Westwood - seven times a top three finisher in majors without winning - among those three back.

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