- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 17, 2007

OAKMONT, Pa. — Quiet please. If Ernie Els can make this birdie putt on 13, he can get to 12 over.

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Twelve over, I think, means you’re allowed to keep your courtesy car another day. Any higher than that, and you’re thumbing your way to the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

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The galleries at Oakmont have been predictably huge. In fact, I heard a fan tell a friend: “You’ve gotta be careful in crowds like this. You don’t want to lose your watch like Bush did.”

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Last time I checked, it was still on his wrist.

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Did you catch the finale of “The Sopranos” the other night? It reminded me of the Indianapolis 415.

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So did the Spurs sweep of the Cavaliers, for that matter.

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Not to worry, though. The Open is assured of going 72 holes — unless, of course, the players lose all their balls in the gnarly rough, which is entirely possible.

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The over/under today is 6. That’s the hole by which Tiger Woods, currently two strokes behind Aaron Baddeley, will be the sole leader in the Open — and en route to his 13th major title.

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