Maybe Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy need a little time apart, because being paired hasn’t worked too well at the 113th US Open.
Tied for 13th at the start of the third round, only four shots behind the leaders, both Woods and McIlroy had positioned themselves for a possible spot in contention on Sunday. But that required a low number Saturday, something they weren’t capable of shooting.
Woods opened with a birdie, the lone highlight in a third-round 76 that left him 9 over after 54 holes. McIlroy wasn’t much better, piling up seven bogeys while shooting a 75. The world’s two best players, according to the rankings, combined to make 14 bogeys and just two birdies. Not the recipe for climbing up the leaderboard. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.