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June 15, 2008

This is getting interesting, no?

Filed under: golf — Tags: , , — Andy Vasquez @ 3:50 pm

Stunning — it’s about the only word that can be used to describe what Tiger Woods did during the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

It was, simply, the most vivid example of why people lose their minds about Tiger: Things that can’t be done on golf courses, he does. Over and over again.

The eagle on 13. The chip-in on 17. The eagle on 18. All were amazing and preposterous, in their own right. But that he was able to do it despite battling a significant amount of pain, made it all the more impressive.

That’s why today’s final round of the U.S. Open is the most intriguing that we have seen since Woods took the the course on Sunday at Augusta in April of 1997. This transcends golf. This is about watching greatness unfold before us.

Woods looked so hobbled late in Saturday’s round that there is be some question if he can even be able to finish today’s round. And if he does finish, will he be able to hold of the charge that is sure to come? The USGA has set up the course far easier today, knocking about 400 yards of the maximum distance, and the early groups have proven that low scores are out there.

As a harbinger of how difficult this day will be for Woods, he showed up for his pre-tournament routine with a visible limp. But if he can somehow pull this off — wow — it would be the most impressive accomplishment of his career.

In a career full of special moments and incredible accomplishments, that’s saying something. It’s not every day we get the chance to watch someone go for greatness.

Photo by: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

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