Tiger Woods feels positive on his chances of contending at US Open

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"No matter if you're one back or tied for the lead every hole is an opportunity to make a birdie and that's just what I'm going to try and do every single day".

Niemann is just 19 years old, and sits atop the leaderboard with nine holes left to play. "I played really, really well - played beautifully, actually had control of what I was doing out there - I just didn't finish it off".

But Woods couldn't continue his strong play, shooting three bogeys to just one birdie and ultimately closing his day at even par.

And he was again trying to keep things in perspective, having played his ninth tournament of the year.

Already with a pair of top 10s on the PGA Tour, Niemann now finds himself in the last group going into the weekend at the tournament Jack Nicklaus built, and he doesn't appear to be the least bit nervous about being there.

Throw in a ball out of bounds on the par-4 13th, and Woods followed up a solid 34 on the front nine with an ugly 38 on the back when he needed something closer to 30 to have a shot at his sixth win at this event.

"I can't believe I did it", DeChambeau said. "I'm in a position where if I shoot another good round like I have the last two days, I've got a chance".

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Patrick Cantlay, one of three players sharing second overnight, had four birdies in the first eight holes and was two shots ahead at the turn, but dropped three on the way home and finished 14 under. He made the turn in 33 with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then he made a solid escape from the rough and trees on No. 11 before holing out for eagle.

DeChambeau three-putted for bogey on the 18th for a 1-under 71 to get into a three-way playoff at Muirfield Village.

Woods was finishing when a long final round took shape over the last few holes.

Woods, playing nearly flawlessly from tee to green, teased the entire tournament when he tied for the lead at 11-under with a birdie on No. 15.

Woods, after hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens Saturday, was exasperated after his round, saying, "I am definitely not taking advantage of how well I'm hitting it". Justin Thomas debuts as the world's No. 1 player.

Along with making his second ace of the season, Cantlay blistered a 4-iron as far as he could hit it on the par-5 15th, the ball landing just short of the green and stopping 4 feet away.

Rose, four adrift going into the final round, had two birdies in his first three holes before dropping two shots on the back nine. He now heads to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, a course he says is one of the most underrated on the PGA TOUR.

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