How it happened: Tiger cards 72, keeps lead
It wasn't the 10-under performance that we saw on Friday, but Tiger Woods did enough to keep his lead Saturday at the World Challenge.
Woods carded an even-par 72, one of just eight rounds of par or better Saturday at Sherwood Country Club, and he'll enter Sunday's final round at 11 under, two shots better than Zach Johnson.
Here's how it all unfolded for Woods Saturday in Thousand Oaks, Calif.:
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 444 yards
Last hole for Woods, who can shoot even par with a birdie here.
• Off the tee: The drive starts right, but kicks back into the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger hits the back of the green and spins it back to about 10 feet from the hole.
• On the green: After Zach Johnson birdies to end the day at 9 under, Tiger drains his birdie putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 18 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 17: Par 3, 166 yards
It hasn't been easy today for Tiger, yet he still leads by two shots.
• Off the tee: Not a good tee ball here as Tiger finds the back fringe and will have a long birdie attempt.
• On the green: Two-put par for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 17 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 16: Par 5, 567 yards
Well, that bogey hurt, but it didn't knock Tiger out of the lead as Zach Johnson doubled the hole. Tiger now leads Johnson and Bubba Watson by two shots. Watson is in the clubhouse at 7 under. There were 11 water balls today at No. 15, too.
• Off the tee: Big drive here and Woods will have a nice look at the green in two from the fairway.
• Second shot: This shot is one of his best of the day as he finds the green and will have about a 12-foot eagle putt
• On the green: Lengthy read on this putt, but Tiger can't convert. He does make birdie, though.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 16 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 15: Par 3, 189 yards
Zach Johnson saves par from 10 feet at No. 14 to remain one back of Tiger at 9 under.
• Off the tee: The hole is on the far right of the green, Tiger's tee shot with a 6-iron end sup on the far left side. Long birdie putt coming up.
• On the green: Tiger leaves this birdie roll way short. He still has 10 feet or so left for par. He can't make the par save, and it's a bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 15 holes (9 under overall)
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 455 yards
Ouch, that three-putt bogey hurt, and Tiger now leads by just a shot as Zach Johnson made birdie at the 13th.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the left side of the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger lands his approach on the center of the green about 25 feet right of the hole.
• On the green: Tiger two-putts for par after missing his birdie try a little left.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 14 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 568 yards
Tiger now leads by three shots after Zach Johnson's double bogey drops him back to 8 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger's drive misses the fairway in the right rough.
• Second and third shots: After a lay up, Tiger wedges to about 6 feet.
• On the green: Tiger three-putts – yes, three-putts – for bogey after running his birdie try 3 feet past and having his par putt horseshoe out.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 13 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 186 yards
Tiger makes par, but takes the solo lead after Zach Johnson bogeys No. 11 to drop back to 10 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger sticks this tee ball to about 15 feet.
• On the green: Tiger two-putts for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 517 yards
That birdie puts Tiger back into a share of the lead with Zach Johnson at 11 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger hits his drive left and into the rough.
• Second and third shots: From an awkward stance near a fairway bunker, Tiger lays up before hitting his third shot to about 8 feet.
• On the green: Tiger's birdie putt doesn't break as much right as Tiger thinks and he just runs it by left. He makes par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 359 yards
Tiger is now a shot behind after Zach Johnson birdies the ninth hole to move to 11 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger slots this drive into the fairway.
• Approach shot: His approach just finds the left side of the green, but he'll have a 10-footer here for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger finally gets one to drop.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10 holes (11 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy just wrapped up a 4-under 68, which gets him back to 2 over for the tournament.
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 422 yards
After that last bogey, Tiger Woods is now tied for the lead with Zach Johnson.
• Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron and finds the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger misses the green left.
• Around the green: His chip ends up 8 feet away.
• On the green: Tiger makes the par putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 9 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 228 yards
Tiger still holding on to a one-shot lead over his playing competitor Zach Johnson.
• Off the tee: Tiger misses the green and will have a tough chip back up onto the green.
• Around the green: Tiger lands the ball about 5 feet past the hole with his second shot.
• On the green: Tiger lips out his par save and makes another bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 8 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 446 yards
Tiger leads by a shot over Zach Johnson heading into the seventh hole.
• Off the tee: Another nice drive here, and even better, he avoids the rocks in the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: From the left side of the fairway, Tiger stick his approach to about 15 feet. Good distance control there.
• On the green: Tiger misses another birdie try, this time right of the hole. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 holes (11 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day is 3 under through 10 holes. He shot 76 on Thursday, but has worked his way back up to 3 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 422 yards
Tiger isn't as sharp as he was Friday, but he's still in the lead.
• Off the tee: Tiger pounds this drive down the middle.
• Approach shot: Tiger finds the green, and will have a decent look at birdie from 12 feet or so.
• On the green: Tough miss on the birdie roll, but Tiger saves par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 5: Par 5, 531 yards
Tiger's lead is now two shots over Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson after that bogey.
• Off the tee: After finding the hazard on the last hole, Tiger goes with fairway wood again and finds the right side of the fairway.
• Second and third shots: With hybrid, Tiger goes for the green with his second shot, but misses left. Tiger has a tough lie, but gets the ball on the green.
• On the green: Two-putt par for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 456 yards
There has only been two birdies so far at the third hole, and Tiger nearly made the third one.
• Off the tee: Uh oh. Woods leaves his tee ball out right and find the hazard.
• Third shot: After the penalty drop, Woods finds the center of the green, but he will have a long putt for par coming up.
• On the green: After moving a bunch of leaves off the green, Tiger gives his par putt a good roll, but it's just short. Bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 198 yards
Tiger's bunker play has been terrific so far this week, and it showed again at the last hole.
• Off the tee: Great tee ball for Woods here and he'll have 10 feet left for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger leaves it right the whole time, but is able to make the 3-footer for par coming back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 holes (12 under overall)
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 531 yards
Tiger begins his round with par, and now he gets his first par 5 of the day.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds another fairway. This fairway was the only one he missed on Friday.
• Second and third shots: Tiger goes for the green in two shots, but misses in the right greenside bunker. He then splashes out to about a foot.
• On the green: Easy birdie for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 holes (12 under overall)
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 342 yards
It's a cold, rainy day here at Sherwood Country Club. Tiger, who is playing with Zach Johnson today, is wearing a white hat, white shoes, grey slacks, black polo and a white long-sleeved shirt under his polo.
• Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron off the tee and finds the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger wedges to about 10 feet past the hole.
• On the green: The birdie try misses just right, but nice speed on that one. Tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 hole (11 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar birdies the first hole to move to 9 under.
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