Tiger Woods will start the final round of the 100th PGA Championship within striking distance of the lead after a marathon Saturday at Bellerive Country Club.
Woods finished the postponed second round with a 4-under 66, then followed that up with another 66 in the third round to put himself in contention for his elusive 15th career major title. Woods is tied at 8 under in the clubhouse with Stewart Cink and Jason Day as of 7 ET.
Brooks Koepka was out in front at 11 under with the remainder of the field on the back nine.
Here is a shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods’ third round at Bellerive:
Hole 18 – Par 4
Tiger ends his day with yet another perfect drive. His approach lands on the green just below the hole and spins back a bit. Like every other birdie putt on the back nine, this one misses just off the side. Par. 4-under 66 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 17 – Par 5
Tiger bombed this drive down the fairway, and he got aggressive with his approach. Boy, did it pay off! He attacks the green and his ball comes to rest just inside 20-feet, setting up an eagle putt. He gave this one a good run and finishes a few feet past the hole. Oh, no. He burns the edge with his birdie putt, leaving a three-putt par. Ouch. 4-under thru 17 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 16 – Par 3
Well, he certainly didn’t ace this one, and it’s not his best effort. Tiger plays it safe and keeps it in the middle of the green, well away from the back-right pin. Seriously?! Tiger had the perfect line as this one rolls within inches of the cup. What a roll. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Par. 4-under thru 16 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
MASHED POTATOES! GET IN THE HOLE! YAHTZEE! Tiger smoked his drive on No. 15 and he’s in a great scoring position. His approach is pin-high, about 20 feet right of the cup. Not too shabby. Wrong read, wrong speed, you guessed it: another tap in par. 4-under thru 15 (8-under for the tournament).
Just in front of this group, there was a hole-in-one!
Hole 14 – Par 4
Iron. Twirl. Fairway. His approach is b-e-a-utiful and comes to rest 8 feet short of the cup. Once again he loses it left for birdie and taps in for par. Missed opportunity there, especially with what Brooks Koepka is doing. 4-under thru 14 (8-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka has the outright lead at 12-under par, followed by Gary Woodland at 11-under, Rickie Fowler at 10-under and Adam Scott and Kevin Kisner at 9-under.
Hole 13 – Par 3
Tiger’s got a little hop in his step as he walks off the tee box at No. 13. His shot finds the green and is in birdie range once again. He slides this one a little left but he had the right pace. Par. 4-under thru 13 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 12 – Par 4
Great drive here, center of the fairway again. Tiger leaves this one a little left, about 15 feet from the cup for another look at birdie. this one didn’t have as much break as Tiger played, but he taps in for par. 4-under thru 12 (8-under for the tournament)
Hole 11 – Par 4
I almost got dizzy looking at his club twirl after his iron off the tee found the center of the fairway again. His approach lands about 20 feet short and left of the green. Another birdie? Right line, wrong pace. Tiger leaves this short but taps in for par. 4-under thru 11 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 10 – Par 4
His drive didn’t turn the way he wanted and it hangs out into the right rough. He’s forced to lay up in the fairway from there, setting an approach into the green that lands about 10 feet short of the hole. Right away he unleashes a fist bump before the putt drops because he just knew it was going in. 4-under thru 10 (8-under for the tournament).
Thoughts at the turn
We’re seeing something special today. His round yesterday had this feeling before the rain delay, but with how dialed in Tiger’s been on the approach, he just may be in the lead at some point today. That is, of course, if he can avoid the collapse on the back-nine we’ve been grown accustomed to seeing this season.
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka has joined Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard at 10-under, followed by Tiger, Justin Thomas, Thomas Pieters, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner at 8-under.
Hole 9 – Par 4
Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. He hits his iron off the tee and it’s pure, right down the middle. How good? Stewart Cink’s 3-wood is 15-yards behind TW’s iron. Tiger’s approach is a little long, coming to rest on the fringe after going right at the pin. His putt didn’t get to the cup and was rolling left anyways, but he’s able to two-putt for par. 4-under at the turn (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 8 – Par 5
Three shots off the lead: will he go for it in two? His drive is unlucky, landing in the fairway but bouncing into the right rough. He’s forced to lay up from there and it’s a great decision because once again his approach to the green is perfect. He tucks this one next to the cup with another great look at birdie. That’s five birdies in eight holes, man does he look confident. 4-under thru 8 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 7 – Par 4
Tiger smoked his iron off the tee, but the shot of the hole was his approach. How would I describe it? Two words: Dialed. In. He goes after the back pin and sticks it a few feet past the hole. Great birdie chance here and it falls. 3-under thru 7 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 6 – Par 3
Tiger throws a dart here and finds the front of the green, setting up a bounceback birdie putt. (Insert Tiger roar here). That was LOUD from the gallery as Tiger buried the putt. 2-under thru 6 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 5 – Par 4
His driver off the tee finds the rough (shocker) but he’s able to rebound and throw this one up on the green. Tough putt with some serious distance to cover there for Tiger, but he keeps it within range for par. The 6-footer refuses to fall, so there’s a three-putt bogey. 1-under thru 4 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
First driver of the day for Tiger and me loses this one a little left into the rough. He muscles this one out and gets it to the fairway with a chance to get up-and-down for par. Oh wow! He almost holes this out. But instead its a par. 2-under thru 4 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 3
TW finds the green here on No. 3, but he’s on the front half with a back pin. To keep this birdie streak going he’ll need to sink a long, breaking putt. This one rolls within a few feet and sets up a par. 2-under thru 3 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 4
A low-flying stinger paints the fairway again, and his approach is even better. This one sticks inside five feet and he buries another birdie putt. 2-under thru 2 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Here we go. Iron on No. 1 for Tiger and this is down the right side of the fairway. He went aggressive here and found the back of the green, about 20 feet to the left of the cup. He drops the putt birdies the first! 1-under thru 1 (5-under for the tournament).