SAN FRANCISCO -- Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods lost a lot more than that.
McDowell showed the kind of fight that won him a U.S. Open two years ago down the coast at Pebble Beach. He scratched out pars and finished with a 4-foot birdie putt for a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead at 1-under 209 entering the final round at The Olympic Club.
Furyk outclassed Woods in the final pairing with key bunker saves and an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th for a 70, making him the only player who has yet to have a round over par. Furyk also sits at 1-under 209.
Woods, wearing a key lime shirt, turned in a lemon. He fell out of the lead with two bogeys in the first three holes, couldn't make a birdie on the stretch of holes that Olympic allows players to make up ground, and had a bogey on the 18th for a 75.
There were only eight scores worse in the third round. He also closed with a 75 in 2009 at the PGA Championship when he lost a two-shot lead to Y.E. Yang.
McDowell and Furyk were two shots ahead of Fredrik Jacobson, who had a 68. In the group another shot behind were Lee Westwood, whose Saturday-best 67 gave him another shot at his first major, and Ernie Els, who holed a long pitch for eagle on the 17th that carried him to a 68.
Thirteen players were separated by four shots going into today, a list that includes 17-year-old amateur Beau Hossler, who followed bogeys with birdies for a 70.
Woods, who has never won a major from behind, was five shots back. His round ended with a shot from the middle of the 18th fairway that hung up in the right collar of rough, and a stubbed chip that took a hard turn to the left some 10 feet away.
When he two-putted for his sixth bogey, his day got a little worse.
Climbing the hill toward the fabled clubhouse at Olympic, a photographer brushed past him and Woods banged his hand into the camera. He shook it several times, but later said he was fine.
"It was just a tough day on the greens, and most of the day, I just kept getting that half-number, right in between clubs all day," said Woods, who was either well long or short on his approach shots.
Furyk and McDowell played together in the opening two rounds. Today, much more is at stake.
"Looking at the leader board, you've got to look down as far as the guys at 3 or 4 [over] as having a realistic chance of winning this tournament," McDowell said.
In the 14 majors he has won, Woods was never worse than par in the pivotal third round and had a scoring average of 68.3. There was no way that was going to hold up on a course like Olympic, though Woods was expecting better than what he delivered on this Saturday.
He missed the first fairway, came up short of the third green and wound up with three bogeys through six holes.