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Todd tumbles down US Open leaderboard with 79

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — The bogeys piled up in a hurry for Brendon Todd.

Just that quickly, his first U.S. Open turned from a dream to a complete nightmare.

The local favorite who began the day alone in second place plunged down the leaderboard in a hurry Saturday with a 9-over 79 that started badly and never got better.

After making only two bogeys in the first 36 holes, he had eighth of them and added a double bogey in the third round.

He insisted he wasn't nervous playing alongside leader Martin Kaymer because "it's not like I was holding the lead."

He says he wasn't trying to chip away at the six-stroke lead Kaymer brought into the round.

Todd says he was playing for pars "and they were just that difficult for me to get."