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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Retief's legacy if he wins the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Retief Goosen has shared or held the lead after the third round three times previously and walked away with two majors. He led the 2001 and 2004 US Open after three rounds and won both. He was tied with Eldrick T. Woods after three rounds of the 2002 Masters, but lost to Woods.

In other notes, Vijay Singh failed to card a birdie in a PGA tour round of golf for the first time since the final round of the 2004 PGA (excluding his winning birdie on ten in the three hole playoff). He shot 73 and was tied with Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard.

There were no bogey free rounds for the second time in three rounds of this Open. Aaron Oberholser has the only bogey free round which came during Friday's second round of play.

In the 104 year history of the Open, 47 players holding at least a share of the lead through 54 holes have won including the last six - Stewart, Woods, Goosen, Woods, Furyk and Goosen from 1999-2004 respectively. A win by Goosen would make him the sixth player to win three US Opens. he would also be the seventh player to win back to back titles. If he wins, he would be the only other person besides Hale Irwin to win his first three majors at the US Open.


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