LEMONT, Ill. — The ninth hole at Cog Hill No. 4 might be the hardest hole in the world that doesn’t have water or out of bounds. It measures 617 yards and is tree-lined on both sides of the fairway.
It also happens to be the site of a remarkable moment Saturday at the BMW Championship.
Tiger Woods arrived at the hole at 9 under par and one stroke behind PGA Tour rookie Mark Leishman. He left the hole with a one-stroke lead after making eagle.
Make that a power eagle.
Woods hit a 311-yard drive onto the fairway, and a 306-yard 3-wood to within 11 feet of the cup. That’s right, 306-yard 3-wood. He swung hard and he walked assertively down the fairway right after the strike. Then he rolled the putt into the back of the cup.
A few minutes later, after Leishman drove out of bounds and bogeyed the par-5 11th, Woods’ sudden lead grew to two.