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Curtis lives. So do Jack and Nick and Greg, not to mention a couple of dozen other people in the U.S. Open.

The familiar names - Curtis Strange and Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman - kept alive some cherished hopes Saturday as they moved into contention from deep in the ranks.Their advance was accompanied by the wind-aided collapse of the upstart tournament leaders, leaving a horde of 27 men locked within four strokes of the top going into Sunday's final round.

"The game is on," Strange chortled.

It was with less enthusiasm that journeyman Mike Donald, who shared the lead with Billy Ray Brown at 209, agreed.

"Basically, the game has just started. Tomorrow (Sunday) is it," Donald said.

Strange and Nicklaus, Norman and Faldo, all wallowing deep in the field after two rounds of play, all have historic goals in sight.

For Strange, it is a chance to equal Willie Anderson's 85-year-old record of three consecutive U.S. Open titles.

For Nicklaus, a 50-year-old grandfather, it is a chance to attain an unprecedented fifth American national championship and at least one for each of the four decades he's played professional golf.

For Faldo, the Englishman who has won the last two Masters, it is a chance to gain a second leg on the never-accomplished grand slam, a one-year sweep of the Masters, U.S. and British Opens and the PGA.

And for Norman, it is another chance to prevail on the major-tournament stage that has treated him so cruelly so often in the past.

But he's there again, five strokes back and better than he hoped to be. Nicklaus trails by four, Faldo by three and Strange by two.

"This is where I wanted to be," said Strange, who was eight shots off the lead after two rounds.

"I have everything in the world to gain, nothing to lose," he said after a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 68 left him at 211.

Faldo was at 212, Nicklaus 213 and Norman 214.

And that's much better than they expected to be. Those three, along with Strange, were among the also-rans going into the third round and had early starting times when there wasn't the breath of a breeze over the rain-softened greens.

"All I want to do is get within seven shots," said Norman, who leads golf with a 67.89 scoring average in final-round play.