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Not to be entirely overlooked is Tiger Woods, though he has never come from behind _ five shots, in this case _ to win a major.

And then there’s the history of Olympic Club, that doesn’t bode well for the favorites.

The winners of the four U.S. Opens at Olympic _ Jack Fleck, Billy Casper, Scott Simpson and Lee Janzen _ have a combined seven majors. The guys who finished second to them _ Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart _ collectively won 27 majors.

Perhaps that’s why Olympic is known as the “graveyard of champions,” that and the fact that Hogan, Palmer and Watson never won another major after their close calls at Olympic. The exception was Stewart, who won the U.S. Open the following year, but then perished in a freak plane crash that fall.

As the third round was headed for a conclusion, McDowell and Furyk showed their mettle by making key pars and a late birdie. Westwood had finished his 67, and then Els came through a 68 to get into the mix.

Suddenly this U.S. Open had its version of Hogan and Watson and Palmer.

But as the possibilities started to expand, that brought forth another question. Who’s going to be Jack Fleck?