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U.S. Open notes: Woods' horrible start ends hope to rally

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:05 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -

For two rounds, Tiger Woods seemed to be in command in the U.S. Open. Then came a weekend of frustration that ran his winless streak in major championships to four years.

Woods threw away his last chance at winning the Open on Sunday with a bogey-bogey-double bogey start that took away any chance of him mounting a charge up the leaderboard at Olympic Club.

Woods made some birdies coming in, but by then it was too late. His finished with a 3-over 73 that left him at 7-over par for the tournament.

For Woods, it was an opportunity that got away. He was tied for the lead going into the weekend before shooting a 75 in the third round.

Injury to sideline Schwartzel

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is taking a month off after the U.S. Open because of a nagging rib injury.

Schwartzel has withdrawn from the Travelers Championships next week in Hartford, Conn., and the South African does not plan to play again until the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

He has decided to play the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday at The Olympic Club. Schwartzel says he has experienced discomfort all week, and doctors told him he should take three weeks to rest. He says if he doesn't take a break, it could be months before it goes away.

Schwartzel still managed a 10-over 290 finish at Olympic.

Celebrity watch

Jerry Rice, Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were among the current and former NFL players checking out the action at The Olympic Club this week. Ditto for Fred Couples, who watched Tiger Woods' round Friday.

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