Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Lets Chances Slip through Grasp; Woods Has Yet to Win a Major When Trailing at the Start of the Last Day

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Lets Chances Slip through Grasp; Woods Has Yet to Win a Major When Trailing at the Start of the Last Day

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

OAKMONT, Pa. -- Tiger Woods knew he didn't have the U.S. Open wrapped up when he parred the first hole Sunday at the Oakmont Country Club and playing partner Aaron Baddeley triple-bogeyed it to hand the lead to Woods.

"We still have 17 more to go," Woods said.

There was certainly an expectation that Woods, the world's top-ranked player and winner of 12 major championships, would seize the moment and run with it, through those 17 holes and to his third Open title.

Among those with that sense of anticipation was the man who won the Open, Angel Cabrera of Argentina.

"Tiger can birdie any hole," said Cabrera, who said he was trying to prepare himself for a playoff while waiting in the locker room for Woods to finish. "He's the No. 1."

But Cabrera was the player who stepped into the breach that Baddeley created. Cabrera had tossed away the 36-hole lead the day before, but he made four birdies during an eight-hole stretch, and after leading by three shots at one point, finished with a one-shot win over Woods (72) and Jim Furyk (70) at 5-over-par 285. …

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