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Golf: Cabrera digs deep to win US Open by one shot from Woods and Furyk take Woods and Oakmont as the tension builds up the final fairways.

Angel cabrera shot a one-under-par 69 to win the US Open at Oakmont. At a five-over-par total of 285, Cabrera edged Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, both former US Open champions, by one shot. Cabrera was as low as three under after a birdie at 15 but he gave shots back - and handed Woods and Furyk hope of a comeback - with bogeys at 16 and 17.

A par at 18 put Cabrera in the clubhouse on five over as the American duo played the final holes.

Both Woods and Furyk tried to drive the green at the 306-yard 17th but ran into trouble. Furyk bogeyed the hole from the rough to the left of the green and Woods was unable to get up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker.

At 18, Furyk split the fairway with his drive but his approach was long and left, leading to a par.

Woods had a 30-footer to force a play-off but left it out to the right and about a foot past the hole.

The world No 1 dug himself a hole he could never get out of with a double-bogey on the 428-yard, par-four third hole.

Woods had an uphill pitch shot that he tried to hit into the side of the hill to take some of the speed off, but instead it skipped across the green and into the rough on the other side.

He mis-hit the pitch coming back and took two putts to finish the hole.

Woods bounced back with his only birdie of the round at the 609-yard, par-five fourth.

He made an eight-footer for birdie there but never made another on his way to a two-over round of 72.

Furyk shot his second straight 70 to finish tied for second with Woods at a six-over 286.

Nick Dougherty was delighted with his solid finish.

The Englishman, who led after the first round when he shot 68, shot a one over 71 yesterday to finish at 10 over par 290.

The round left Dougherty as the best British performer, tied for seventh with Scott Verplank and Jerry Kelly.

Dougherty made the turn at even par 35 but only managed eight pars and a bogey at 16 coming in.

He explained, "Coming off the ninth green I thought if I could play the back nine in three under I would have a chance. I played a lot better today.

"I played well tee to green and made putts here and there - but I missed a couple of chances.

"I'm a little disappointed to finish on that score as I think I needed to finish one better to get in the Masters. But I'm proud of what I did on the 18th."

The Bootle-born player continued, "It has been a tough week for me emotionally.

"I was exhausted last night after playing with Tiger and have never felt like that coming off the course before.

"But I am delighted. I have done myself proud this week. I am extremely pleased with the progress I have made."

Dougherty's progress included the lead at a major and a third-round pairing with Woods, which adds up to an incredible amount of experience for the 25-year-old.

He added, "I think I have done the world of good to my profile here in the United States.

"I feel I have a lot of confidence, I have come here and competed with the best players in the world and held my own. And I have not been on my game until today. It has been a very eventful week. Playing with Tiger was the high."

Justin Rose and Paul Casey both shot rounds of 76 to finish one shot behind shot Dougherty in a tie for 10th place with Stephen Ames of Canada.
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Date:Jun 18, 2007
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