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Lehman misses final group; Stricker has best hole, day
Burns' nightmare continues with 8 straight bogeys

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Tom Lehman was attempting to set a U.S. Open record with his fifth straight year in the final twosome. That won't happen.

Lehman's 3-over-par 73 Saturday left him with a three-round total of 10-over 220 and back in the pack heading into the final 18 holes Sunday."I am really not hitting it that well," Lehman said after his round. "My biggest problem has been my putting. I've made three birdies in three days and one was a chip-in. I have hit it good enough to where I should have been in the hunt."

Lehman was a good pick to be up front again this week considering he finished second last week at Memphis. However, he has thought too much about his mechanics this week.

"When you are playing well, it's second nature; you don't really think about your swing, you step up and rip it," Lehman said. "Right now, I am a little more conscious of what I'm trying to do because my swing feels so lousy."

Lehman said he won't feel any different not teeing off last in the Open on Sunday.

"It's such a demanding course I'm still nervous on the first tee, even though I'm so far back," he said.

STRICKER STRIKE: The round of the day also included the best shot of the day.

Steve Stricker, the only player to break par Saturday in the Open with a 1-under 69, got an eagle on the par-4 third hole when he holed an 8-iron approach from a fairway bunker 138 yards away.

Stricker's shot hit just left and above the cup, bounced once and sucked back into the cup.

"I just heard the people going crazy," said Stricker, who didn't see the ball roll in. "I had a good lie in the bunker and I could tell it was getting closer (to the hole) because of the way the people were reacting. To have that go in, you don't expect that."

BURNS BURNED: Bob Burns would just as soon forget the front nine at Pinehurst No. 2.

Last year's Nike Tour player of the year bogeyed the first six holes in Friday's second round. It got worse Saturday as Burns carded eight straight bogeys to start his round of 14-over-par.

"I set a couple of personal bests this week," Burns said, joking about his bogey binge on the front. "I would have much rather made a triple (bogey) in there. This is something I've never done before."

Burns was 0-for-9 hitting greens on the front nine. That followed his 0-for-9 effort on the back nine in Friday's second round.

"I went 18 straight holes without hitting a green," Burns said. "I mean, I hit some, but they didn't stay on. It was amazing.

"It's a fun golf course but most golf courses lose their fun when the USGA gets hold of them."

DALY DASH: John Daly entertained the media with wit and humor Thursday after his opening-round 68 left him one shot off the U.S. Open lead.

The charm wore off Saturday after Daly carded an 11-over 81 for his second straight Open collapse. Last year at The Olympic Club, Daly began with a 69, only to shoot 75, 75 and 78 to finish in a tie for 53rd.

Daly declined to talk to the media after his third-round disaster at Pinehurst, making a quick stop in the locker room and speeding off in his car.

Daly is sitting in a tie for 61st place at 16-over.