Tiger Woods is going the wrong way at Merion, making bogey on three of his last four holes to drop to 5-over, six shots back of the U.S. Open lead. Much of the struggle has come up around the green, the part of his game that had carried him to four wins earlier this season. But his chipping and putting have been out of form in his last two appearances at the Memorial and this week at Merion. The biggest example of his poor work around the greens came at No.6 on Saturday, when he thinned a delicate chip shot from the front of the green. The ball immediately fell off the false front -- never good when you're going backwards on a golf course:
Too cute, Mr. Tiger, too cute.
Woods was lost on the greens through the first two days, misjudging both speed and break to stay off the first page of the leaderboard. The setup at Merion's East course was supposed to be more benign on Saturday, as Phil Mickelson suspected there would be rounds in the mid 60s and players, such as Woods, making multi-shot moves at the leaders. But Tiger's move is only downward, the distance from the lead growing by the hour.