OAKMONT, Pa. - Think the driving range is all about practice? Everyone out there has an agenda.
ESPN's Chris Berman was on the range testing out a new nickname for Aaron Baddeley, the leader after three rounds.
"Aaron ‘Baddeley to the bone'? Anyone? what do you think?"
Woods and Baddeley were the day's final pairing, and Baddeley entered the driving range this morning about five minutes before him. Baddeley went to the far right of the range and when Woods arrived, went to the far left.
Englishmen Paul Casey and Justin Rose were on the range side-by-side.
After shooting a final round 71, Nick Dougherty is leaving with a positive attitude after realizing two dreams:
"I lead the U.S. Open and got to play with Tiger Woods. He's the best player who ever lived, it was a huge thrill."
On how playing with Woods can exhaust you:
"I was exhausted. I've never felt that drained after a round before."
Dougherty also had one thing on his mind coming down the back nine.
"I've never played in the Masters. Top 8 qualifies for next year."
The names ahead of him fell enough for him to finish tied for 8th.
Anthony Kim had the morning's best round: a 67, second only to Paul Casey's 66 for the week. But don't think he's ready to keep playing Oakmont.
"I feel like I just got out of the ring with Mike Tyson," said Kim after finishing 14-over for the Open. "I feel beat up. I'm ready to go home and relax and put the clubs up for awhile."
Oakmont had three drivable par-4s today in the final round: No.'s 2, 14 and 17. Graeme McDowell says it was a good decision.
"I was very pleased," he said. "it was a great set up today. It balances the disasters with those short par-4s."
June 17, 2007
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours.
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