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Trust Tiger to go for kill

So, it is indeed a Monday finish, and who knows what the weather gods have in store. By the time readers read this, the US Open will probably have thrown up its 109th champion, writes Jeev Milkha Singh.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2009 23:43 IST

So, it is indeed a Monday finish, and who knows what the weather gods have in store. By the time readers read this, the US Open will probably have thrown up its 109th champion. As things stand, it could be any of the players in the top-10. Tiger Woods, who clawed his way back, is one of them.

It is always said that the real contest in any Major begins on the back nine of a Sunday. It might be a Monday now, but the back nine of the final round stays as the final barrier.

The latest edition has brought Ricky Barnes into the limelight. In 2002, the long-hitting Barnes was seen as a promising star. If he wins, he will become the first golfer in a very long time to win a Major as his first professional win.

When play ended on Sunday, Barnes had played just one hole of the final round, but did show signs of nerves, as his one-time five-shot lead over Lucas Glover disappeared.

They are not the only ones in contention. Three, including David Duval, share the third spot with Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson and Oliver Fisher.

Tiger birdied the seventh hole, just as play was called off on Sunday and climbed to even par for the tournament. He is seven behind the two leaders and two behind the four who share the third place.

If Barnes and Glover slip, Tiger can make his move. The tough competitor that he is, I would not be surprised if he makes a big bid in the 11 holes he has left for Monday.

As for me, I want to make sure the rib-cage muscles are fine and I am ready for the British Open.