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Tiger's In The Hunt At U.S. Open

Tiger Woods watches his shot approach the 18th green on Saturday.

Woods watches Saturday as a shot he had to hit from behind a tree on the 18th hole heads for the front of the green, capping his great day. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Sure, you can watch World Cup soccer this morning and afternoon — as our friends from the NPR Soccer blog (Show Me Your Cleats!) will surely be doing.

But for most American sports fans the big story of the day looks to be Tiger Woods.

Is he about to pull off a pre-scandal, Tiger-type performance at the U.S. Open, now underway at Pebble Beach, Calif.?

Yesterday, Woods put together the kind of round he's become famous for at major championships. As ESPN's Bob Harig writes, Woods "rocked the Monterey Peninsula with a 66 that was his best round of the year and clearly his most impressive performance since returning from a self-imposed exile."

Tiger's day included five birdies in the last nine holes, and he shot a 5-under par 66 for the round.

Going into today's final round, Woods is only 5 strokes behind the leader, Dustin Johnson, who also shot a 66 on Saturday.

Now, there's plenty of time to get ready if you want to watch as Woods goes after what would be his 15th win at a major championship.

He doesn't tee off until 5:05 p.m. ET — something that must have the folks at NBC, which is broadcasting the Open, thrilled. The coverage is scheduled to go until 9 p.m. ET, though it's quite possible play will stretch beyond that time.

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