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Woods feeling positive despite bad start, McDowell pleased with progress after eagle on 18

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Woods feeling positive despite bad start, McDowell pleased with progress after eagle on 18

Woods feeling positive despite bad start, McDowell pleased with progress after eagle on 18

Tiger Woods feeling positive despite bad start to third round, Graeme McDowell pleased with progress rebuilding game after strong finish

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Woods feeling positive despite bad start, McDowell pleased with progress after eagle on 18

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEM WITH USGA WE DO NOT HAVE NEWS CONFERENCES FROM LEADERS AT THIS TIME.

PLEASE MONITOR FOR UPDATES SHOWS: PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 15, 2019) (USGA - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY 'USGA' Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USGA') 1.

TIGER WOODS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS THIRD ROUND 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) TIGER WOODS SAYING: "Well, as I said, I got off to just an awful start, and was able to claw it around which is, and still give myself a chance for tomorrow, which is always positive and, we'll see what the weather forecast is for tomorrow, there's a lot of guys ahead of me right now., seems like everyone is doing what I was supposed to do early which is play two to four under par through the first seven and we'll see what they do coming in.

I was playing with Byeong (Hun An) today and he played a hell of a round today, under, missed the ball in the correct spots and that's what you have to do around this place." 3.

GRAEME MCDOWELL SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS THIRD ROUND 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) GRAEME MCDOWELL AFTER BEING ASKED IF EAGLE ON 18TH HOLE GIVES HIM MOMENTUM AND CONFIDENCE, SAYING: "Yeah, for sure, I think, I spoke yesterday and I said, you know, the two days playing with Phil (Mickelson) and Dustin (Johnson) out here this week were just another little building block in this kind of rebuilding process I'm on, you know, I'm not there yet by any stretch of the imagination, I've got a long way to go in this game to get me back where I want to be but these three rounds have been important and the confidence continues to build and, you know, that was fun on the last but I mean I'm not kidding myself, I'm not in this tournament yet you know, so, it requires strong seven holes to open up tomorrow to try and give myself some sort of a, you know, something to hang on to coming in." STORY: There will be no repeat fairytale for Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach after he drifted out of contention in the third round at the U.S. Open on Saturday (June 15).

Nineteen years after his record 15-stroke blowout at the most famous U.S. Open venue, Woods has not been able to replicate the performance, or come remotely close to it.

The Masters champion will start Sunday's final round equal 27th, a distant 11 strokes behind leader Gary Woodland, a member of the supporting cast rather than the main man.

A five birdie, five bogey, even-par 71 on Saturday was not exactly what the doctor ordered, though it was a respectable score that could have been worse after his awful start.

After finishing his second round with two straight bogeys on Friday, Woods dropped shots at two of his first three holes on Saturday.

Three late birdies, including a two-putt at the par-five 18th after he had smoked a fairway wood from 250 yards to the front of the green, left Woods forlornly clinging to a faint hope that all was not lost.

"Still gave myself a chance for tomorrow, which is positive," he said after signing for even-par 213.

He was speaking, hopefully, several hours before the leaders finished the round strongly and snuffed out any faint hope he might have had.

(Production: David Grip)




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