Tiger Woods has done an excellent job showing flashes of his former self throughout this tournament, as he currently sits five shots back from the lead in tenth place going into Round 3 of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Round 3’s have been something of a specialty for Woods. He currently leads the PGA Tour in third round scoring, and has hit par or better in 11 out of the 12 third rounds he’s played in.
GOLF: What’s next on Tiger’s schedule?
He’s close to knocking on the door of getting people to ask if Tiger is truly back, but if there was ever a day to do it, it’d likely be on this important Moving Day. He’ll be on at 1:05 pm ET.
Sporting News has you covered with shot-by-shot highlights of Tiger’s performance at Akron. Here are some of the higlights.
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Tiger Woods’ score: Round 3
|Hole (Par)||Tiger’s score (Overall)||Place|
|1 (4)||4 (6 under)||T-14|
|2 (5)||5 (6 under)||T-13|
|3 (4)||4 (6 under)||T-15|
|4 (4)||4 (6 under)||T-14|
|5 (3)||3 (6 under)||T-15|
|6 (4)||4 (6 under)||T-15|
|7 (3)||4 (5 under)||T-20|
|8 (4)||4 (5 under)||T-19|
|9 (4)||4 (5 under)||T-18|
|10 (4)||4 (5 under)||T-18|
|11 (4)||5 (4 under)||T-23|
|12 (3)||2 (5 under)||T-18|
|13 (4)||5 (4 under)||T-22|
|14 (4)||5 (3 under)||T-28|
|15 (3)||3 (3 under)||T-28|
|16 (5)||5 (3 under)||T-28|
|17 (4)||4 (3 under)||T-28|
HOLE 17: Par 4, 400 yards
Second putt: It’ll be another PAR with one hole to go.
First putt: Not even close. He’ll get a chance at par.
Approach: The shot finds the green and will get a lengthie bridie attempt.
Tee shot: Tee shot finds the fairway.
HOLE 16: Par 5, 667 yards
Second putt: PAR
First putt: Birdie putt slips past hole at 16. Chance at par.
Approach: Clears the pond with his shot that absolutely no one in the crowd saw coming. He’ll have a chance for birdie, about 15 feet to go.
Second shot: Punch out from the second shot. Long way to go from the green.
Tee shot: Huge shot off the tee into the trees.
HOLE 15: Par 3, 221 yards
Second putt: Gets a great roll for PAR.
Bunker shot: Shot runs out of the bunker and lands 10 feet short of the hole.
Tee shot: Hits the shot off the tee into the bunker
HOLE 14: Par 4, 467 yards
First putt: BOGEY
Putt: Can’t get his the par to go and it’ll be a bogey here.
Bunker shot: Hits it about six feet from the hole.
Approach: Sends the second shot to the bunker.
Tee shot: Looked like a so-so shot off the tee and the ball just leaves the rough. Not a great lie, but it always could be worse.
HOLE 13: Par 4, 471 yards
Second putt: Cleans the putt up for BOGEY. Two-over on the day.
Two wedges: Not accurate with the chip as it falls into the rough. He hit it within a foot or two of the hole for a chance at bogey.
Approach: He left it short yesterday, so he decides to change pace today and hit it long.
Tee shot: Goes with the three-wood for this one. Great shot that lands on the fairway.
HOLE 12: Par 3, 180 yards
First putt: The slick putt down the hill for his first BIRDIE of the day.
Tee shot: Beautiful shot for Tiger just over the flag for a great chance off the tee.
HOLE 11: Par 4, 418 yards
Second putt: Misses the putt and has to settle for a BOGEY
First putt: Chips it a little inaccurately to the green to give himself 10-15 feet for par.
Approach: Shot is short on the approach. The ball might be in the bunker.
Tee shot: Driver off the tee hits it into the rough.
HOLE 10: Par 4, 410 yards
Second putt: PAR
Wedge: The chip was a bit aggressive and it will be close for PAR.
Approach: Second shot goes deep. A much better example of distance control than the last two days.
Tee shot: Using the three-wood off the tee and hits the short stuff.
HOLE 9: Par 4, 494 yards
Second putt: Taps it in for PAR.
First putt: He doesn’t get the shot high enough for the birdie.
Approach: Gets it beautifully to the middle of the green about 15 feet from the hole.
Tee shot: Goes with the driver and technically misses the fairway from the tee.
HOLE 8: Par 4, 482 yards
Second putt: He buries it for PAR.
First putt: Caught the left edge of the hole and is forced to settle for par.
Approach: Hits it hard and well right onto the green with maybe about eight feet from the hole for a birdie opportunity.
Tee shot: Tiger just drills the shot off the tee for a great start after the less-than-ideal ending.
HOLE 7: Par 3, 219 yards
Second putt: Misses the shot, and has to settle for BOGEY.
Wedge: Wedge comes up just short for an easy chance at par. Eight feet to the hole.
Tee shot: It looks like he found edge of the green off the tee. But he also looks like he’s laboring out there.
HOLE 6: Par 4, 469 yards
Second putt: PAR
First putt: Just misses for birdie.
Approach: Finds the center of the green on the approach and is maybe 25 feet away.
Tee shot: Beautiful drive right towards the middle of the fairway. Complete with lucky bounces and all.
HOLE 5: Par 3, 200 yards
Second putt: Taps it in for PAR.
First putt: Soft little bump of a shot that comes about three feet short for par.
Tee shot: The tee shot comes up a bit short, and will likely have to scramble to get something here.
HOLE 4: Par 4, 471 yards
Second putt: Gets it to go for PAR.
First putt: Not the best contact on it and the putt comes up short by a few feet. We’ll have to wait for his first birdie of the day.
Approach: The approach finds the green and should give him about 20 feet for another birdie try.
Tee shot : Drive is down the left side. Not as bad as the last one, but he’s still a little off.
HOLE 3: Par 4, 442 yards
First putt: Sinks it for PAR.
Wedge: Wedges it a couple feet from the hole and sets himself up for par.
Approach: Woods is forced to lay up short of the pond at this whole. He has to wedge it for his third shot.
Tee shot: Shot might have gone 150 yards at best. It looked like it clipped the trees after it went off the tee.
HOLE 2: Par 5, 526 yards
Second putt: Sinks the shot for PAR, but, as the broadcasters remind us, this is the easiest hole in the golf course.
First putt: Leaves it a couple feet from the hole, and fives himself an opportunity to save for par.
Wedge: Just waves the wedge shot and hits the ball about 40 feet away from the hole making the save for par a best-case scenario.
Approach: Moves safely from the gallery and back safely into play.
Tee shot: A quick left off the tee shot with the driver, the club that’s been failing me all tournament.
Hole 1: Par 4, 399 yards
Putt: Pours it in for PAR
Approach: He chips it up to six feet away from the hole for a chance at par.
Second shot: Not even close to pin high and the ball sucks it back off the front edge.
Tee shot: Great start with a shot landing nicely onto the fairway. A great ovation from the crowd indicates that old Tiger might be resurfacing, or it’s happiness that he’s finally found the fairway with an iron on this opening hole.
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