Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/10/12
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It's an all-too-familiar scenario for Tiger Woods. For the third straight major, he heads into the weekend with that elusive 15th major in his sights after an excellent 1-under par round of 71 on a dastardly day at Kiawah Island, where howling winds blew the stroke average out to a whopping 6 over par. It was the most carnage seen at a major since the bloodbath that was the final day of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock. But while the pretenders to his throne were decimated by the 35 mph gusts -- proven winners like Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and Matt Kuchar failed to break 80 -- only two men, the old campaigner Vijay Singh (69) and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey (70), who grew up in the wind, bettered Woods' 71. And in truth it should've been better for Woods, who three-putted the last hole from 25 feet for a very sloppy bogey. Not that he was complaining too much, because he knows he made a couple hundred feet of putts Friday, continuing his excellent feel on the ...
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