By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Tiger Woods has just teed off to begin his third round at the U.S. Open. He's four shots back of co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel, so Tiger would like nothing more to make a big move this afternoon. That would probably require breaking par.
Third rounds have been Woods' most productive round at the U.S. Open in recent years.
In four of his last five U.S. Open appearances, Woods has posted a sub-par round. Three of those rounds were in the 60s; the other was a 1-under 70 in 2008 when he won at Torrey Pines.
His least productive third round in the past five years came last year at the Olympic Club when he shot a 5-over 75 as he slid down the leaderboard on the weekend.
Earlier in Tiger's career, the third round was actually his least productive U.S. Open round.
In his first 12 U.S. Open appearances (including two as an amateur), Woods made the cut 10 times. Only one time did he break par in the third round (in 2001).
In his first two U.S. Open wins, Woods shot even par in the third round -- a 71 in 2000 during his romp at Pebble Beach, and a 70 at Bethpage Black in 2002.