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“No one else is going to get to 10 under. That’s a fact,” Graeme McDowell said. “Martin, to me, he’s in control of the golf tournament right now. If he can keep it better than 5-, 6-under par, he’s got this thing sewn up and can only beat himself from here. He’s got a lot of work to do, though.”

Kaymer sounded as though he realizes to play defensively is to ask for trouble. He spoke Friday about going forward, finding new challenges and said, “That’s quite nice that it’s a battle against yourself.”

Woods was playing his own tournament at Pebble Beach in 2000, still regarded as the greatest major performance in history. He stretched his six-shot lead to 10 shots over Ernie Els going into Sunday and wound up winning by 15.

Woods had his own challenge that day - no bogeys. It showed when he made a 15-foot par putt on the 16th hole and reacted as if he had just taken a one-shot lead.

“I knew if I went out there and made no bogeys today, Ernie would have to shoot a really low number,” Woods said. “If I went out there and was patient, hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, I knew I’d make a putt here and there and maybe increase the lead.

“Or if not,” he added, let them know that it was almost impossible to catch me.”