A new old feeling: Tiger Woods surges with third-round 65 at Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — For once, expectations felt appropriately low for Tiger Woods as he entered his third round at the Players Championship. His game had smelled of meh as he tallied middling finishes at the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship, and he seemed destined for another unremarkable made cut. Most of the Florida faithful seemed just happy he was still there for the weekend: he’d made the cut directly on the number and sat a non-threatening 14 golf shots behind leader Webb Simpson.

He grabbed the crowd’s attention when he birdied the first two holes, rewarding those who had turned out early with some red figures to match their Bloody Marys. But then came another birdie at 4, and one at 5, and another at 7. He was flagging his irons and putts that had slipped past the edge were finding their mark. For the first time in recent memory, the logo on the front of his hat was the Nike Swoosh rather than his personal TW insignia, but there was no denying it — this was Tiger in Full.​

It would be wrong to say that the swarms are back; they never left. It was the electricity that felt different. Crowds by the clubhouse were abuzz, and fans stormed through the gates with a sense of urgency, aware that something

Article source: http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2018/05/12/tiger-woods-shoots-third-round-65-players-championship

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