Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 1-under 69 to sit at Even Par

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 1-under 69 to sit at Even Par

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 1-under 69 to sit at Even Par

Tiger Woods fired a 1-under 69 on Moving Day at the Honda Classic.

We chronicled Woods’ third round shot-by-shot. Look back on his round below…

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TIGER TRACKER

Hole No. 18: Par 5, 556 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:13 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driver here and it’s just a little too far left. It finds a fairway bunker. This will be a layup upcoming.

SECOND SHOT (4:16 p.m. ET): Nevermind! He actually had the chance to go for this. He launched one from that bunker. A pretty solid result, too. It finishes just a bit left of the green. Get that up and down, and it’s a closing birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:20 p.m. ET): Some deft touch there, as Tiger lands that short of the green and let’s it bounce and roll all the way to within a foot past the cup. That was nifty, and it’ll mean a closing birdie.

ON THE GREEN (4:23 p.m. ET): Tiger taps in. The Bear Trap got him again, but a closing birdie at least let’s him finish off a sub-par round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 69 (T-12)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 179 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:59 p.m. ET): A 6-iron for Tiger here, and like the previous par 3, this is a miss way to the left. The ball is long and over the back-left bunker. He’ll face another difficult up and down having to go over a bunker and having little green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:03 p.m. ET): This one was not quite as tough as the one at No. 15, but it was still a real challenge. He flops this one and it lands on the edge of the green and kicks a few feet forward. That’s cool, but the ball is 20 feet short of the hole. That’s what is left to avoid his second bogey in three holes.

ON THE GREEN (4:06 p.m. ET): That one was online but comes up a foot short. A tough bogey to watch. The second straight day Tiger plays The Bear Trap in +2. Also, Tiger is now seven off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (T-18)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 434 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:42 p.m. ET): An iron off the tee here for TW. He knocks this one right down the fairway. He’s in good position heading into this green.

APPROACH SHOT (3:47 p.m. ET): This one from 195 yards goes about 20 feet past the hole. So he’ll have a solid look at birdie upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (3:52 p.m. ET): This one from 20 feet … NOPE. Tiger missed it right. Jason Dufner was on similar line and the ball came back left, Tiger’s did not seem to. So he probably hit it where he wanted, but that’s how it goes. Anyway, Tiger actually ran that maybe 3 feet by, but he rolls that in no problem.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16 (T-13)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 184 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:32 p.m. ET): We think Tiger remembered his ball in the water here yesterday, because he goes well left on this one. That ball in fact misses the bunker long and left and lands in the rough well past that. Tiger’s ball is on a hill and he is on a downslope. He’ll have to get this over a bunker and short-sided. This will be an incredibly difficult shot upcoming. It’d be a 10 out of 10 if he could get this up and down for par.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): Tiger tried the hero shot because he had no choice and almost pulled it off. That was a big flop and the ball landed in the rough just between the green and bunker and the ball stayed there. Tiger was pissed that did not hop forward. If it had, it might’ve released all the way to the hole. Alas. He then chipped from that rough and the ball ran about 3 feet by.

ON THE GREEN (3:39 p.m. ET): Tiger has no problem with that bogey putt. But Tiger is no longer bogey-free today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15 (T-13)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 465 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:11 p.m. ET): OK, Tiger needed to avoid a bad drive here for momentum’s sake, and … he did just that! A nice strike some 280 yards down the left side of the fairway. With the way Tiger’s striking the ball and his putter heating up the last couple of holes, something special may be coming at the end here. But obviously The Bear Trap could play a role in thwarting that.

APPROACH SHOT (3:20 p.m. ET): Tiger is frustrated with this one. The ball ends up in a harmless position about 35 feet left of the hole after a 9-iron from 181 yards. But if this ball had been a yard or two more right, it would’ve caught a slope and gone down toward the hole. He might’ve been within 15 feet of the cup in that case.

ON THE GREEN (3:31 p.m. ET): That was a slick putt 35-foot putt downhill, and Tiger does give this one a good run. But the putt misses left and runs a few feet by. But Tiger rolls in that comebacker for par with ease. He’s now five back, as Jamie Lovemark has reached 6 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 14 (T-10)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 388 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:56 p.m. ET): OK this one was better. Tiger gets this one about 270 yards down the right side of the fairway. He’ll have about 100 yards left for his second shot. This might be a green-lighter on the approach. Tiger is 5 back now, by the way. Jamie Lovemark has moved the lead to 5 under, that’s why.

APPROACH SHOT (3:01 p.m. ET): This one lands just on the left edge of the green and releases out 5-10 feet. The ball is overall about 15 feet beyond the hole. Not a great wedge, but Tiger still has a decent birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): YEP.  That was in the whole way, and watch Tiger’s reaction. *Chills* With the Bear Trap looming, that’s an important birdie to move Tiger into red figures overall. He’s now in the top 10 and within four!!!!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 13 (T-10)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 428 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:41 p.m. ET): A driver here for Tiger, and that fades right into the right fairway bunker. Not too far offline, but it is indeed a miss. His approach shot will depend on his lie.

SECOND SHOT (2:47 p.m. ET): Tiger may’ve gotten fortunate there. His ball hit the lip as it came out of the bunker, and goes about 50 yards forward. He’ll have about 100 yards for his third with a wedge.

THIRD SHOT (2:50 p.m. ET): Not Tiger’s best. An OK wedge to about 20 feet. He’ll have to drain that to make par and keep his round bogey-free.

ON THE GREEN (2:52 p.m. ET): YEAH BABY! Tiger drains that 19-footer for par and offers a nice fist pump (just as he did yesterday when he made a key par putt at the 11th). He’s missed some good birdie chances today, but Tiger has now buried both key par putts he’s had. HUGE par there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 12 (T-12)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 453 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:26 p.m. ET): A second straight day Tiger hits a rough iron off the tee here. But he may’ve gotten away with it. Tiger hated this shot so much, he gave his patented drop of the club on the follow through. But the ball only bounds into the first cut of the right rough. He’ll probably be a bit back of where he wanted and it’ll be tough to control spin. But he won’t have to lay up here today.

APPROACH SHOT (2:33 p.m. ET): That’s how you make good on a lucky break. Tiger had 199 yards from the first cut. He had to go over water and this was treacherous. Meh. He simply launched it just left of the pin and the ball gets all the way back there about 10 feet left of the cup. Another good birdie look is upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:37 p.m. ET): A decent putt that doesn’t drop and runs harmlessly by. That sounds all too familiar. That one was from 10’8″ and another birdie opportunity passes Tiger by. But another simple par isn’t bad!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 11 (T-11)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 504 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:10 p.m. ET): A fantastic driver here. Didn’t quite match yesterday (314-yard carry and 184 mph ball speed), but uhh … a 310 carry and 182 mph ball speed is none too shabby either. It looks like he pumped one about 340 yards down the right side of that fairway overall. Tiger is feeling it.

APPROACH SHOT (2:19 p.m. ET): Tiger goes with 9-iron for a third straight hole, and this is another pretty one. From 164 yards, this one leaks a little right, but the distance is right on. This ball ends up about 15 feet right of the cup. He’ll have a solid look at birdie here.

ON THE GREEN (2:22 p.m. ET): Oh that was mean. That putt from 16 feet looked most of the way like it would sneak in the left side, but the ball just wiggled left of the cup at the end. Tiger went to his knees on that one, as he may’ve thought he had it. That would’ve been a nice birdie. But hey, another easy par. Tiger is now four back, as the lead has move to 4 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10 (T-12)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 421 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:51 p.m. ET): Another 3-wood for Tiger, and this one is once again what he wanted. It’s a low bullet that carries about 270 yards down the fairway and rolls out a few yards down the right-center. He just looks so comfortable right now.

APPROACH SHOT (1:57 p.m. ET): Another 9-iron from Tiger and this one is once again at the flag. He calls for the ball to go. but it actually lands about 5 feet beyond this tucked left pin and trickles a few feet further away. He’s inside 10 feet for birdie. Another great look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:02 p.m. ET): We’re not perfect judges of distance here. That was actually outside 13 feet, and Tiger starts that left and it doesn’t come back nearly as much as he thinks. A tap-in par, but he would’ve electrified the crowd if that had dropped. But that’s a nice 1-under 34.

Stats: 5/7 fairways, 7/9 GIR and 15 putts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9 (T-15)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 420 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:39 p.m. ET): A 3-wood here from TW. And that one is perfectly nice down the fairway. As we said on the last hole, this dude is in total control. Now, it’s about jumping from being in control to executing at a high level if he hopes to close in on the leaders.

APPROACH SHOT (1:44 p.m. ET): Now we’re in business! Tiger takes 9-iron from 138 yards and drops one in there about 5 feet below the cup. He’ll have a fantastic look at birdie to move to Even Par overall and within three.

ON THE GREEN (1:48 p.m. ET): That putt from 5’11” is pure. Tiger drains it, and that’s a well-timed birdie. He’s now back to even par and within three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 8 (T-16)

Hole No. 7: Par 3, 195 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:32 p.m. ET): Pretty. Tiger launches an 8-iron to this front pin and the ball finds the front and rolls a little forward. It ends up 10-15 feet from the cup. Right of the flag. This is maybe his best birdie look all day.

ON THE GREEN (1:35 p.m. ET): Tiger’s putt from 14 feet …  it misses left. Don’t think that was read very well. He runs that by maybe 18 inches, so it’s a no-problem par. If Tiger continues to be patient, he’s fine. But if he’s getting frustrated at missing these decent birdie chances, that’s when he could get himself in trouble. Tiger’s been in total control so far today, but he hasn’t played spectacular.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (T-22)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 458 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:17 p.m. ET): Yeah, that driver looked GOOD. Tiger goes for a sweeping draw, and he roasts it. That one passes Dufner’s ball on the fly, lands in the left-center of the fairway and rolls another 30 yards, finishing way down there on the left side of the fairway. That was perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (1:22 p.m. ET): Tiger fails to find the green, but that’s misleading. Not much room around that back-right flag, but after a 318-yard drive – the longest of the day on that hole – TW gets aggressive and goes right over the flag from 140 yards. The ball lands about 10 feet past and trickles onto the fringe. Tiger will have a 15-footer for birdie on a very difficult hole.

ON THE GREEN (1:25 p.m. ET): Tiger’s putts have all been pretty good, but none of these mid-range efforts have dropped. Same story here. That was a left-to-right bender, and it broke across the hole, barely skimmed the right edge and finished about two feet by. He cleans up for par. But you know Tiger wants one of these birdie tries to fall.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (T-21)

Hole No. 5: Par 3, 217 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:03 p.m. ET): Another hole, another one from the 20-foot range. Tiger is safely about 20 feet right of the hole here for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:09 p.m. ET): Another good run, but another close miss. This one just misses the hole on the left. Once again, though, it’s good speed there. A tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (T-19)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 391 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:50 p.m. ET): Maybe Tiger’s first mistake. He takes out an iron but pulls it a bit. He does so just enough to find a deep fairway bunker left. Not ideal. We’ll have to wait to see on his lie to see how much – if any – trouble he’s in.

APPROACH SHOT (12:55 p.m. ET): Tiger actually had a good lie and fine look from that bunker. From 115 yards, he catches that solidly. Too solidly. The ball lands at the back of the green and then rolls down into a collection area beyond the surface. He’ll have plenty of green to work with from down there, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:59 p.m. ET): Tiger played a bump and run and the ball lands on the green and rolls inside 10 feet. It looks like he’ll have something like 8 feet for par here.

ON THE GREEN (1:01 p.m. ET): This one was 6’11,” and Tiger drains it. That never looked anything but in. A great nervy par putt there. A poorly played hole, but he’s get away with it. And Tiger aced his first par-saving test today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (T-19)

Hole No. 3: Par 5, 550 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:35 p.m. ET): A driver here for TW, and he tries to play a big cut here. This one’s not terrible, but he doesn’t get it to cut all the way back. The ball ends up left, in the rough and near the pinestraw. He’ll be fine, but unless he gets really fortunate with the lie, this is probably a lay up.

SECOND SHOT (12:41 p.m. ET): Tiger did have to lay up due to the lie and some overhanging tree limbs. But he hits a low-lining beauty down the middle of the fairway. He’ll have a good look at that back-left pin with his wedge third.

THIRD SHOT (12:44 p.m. ET): A third straight approach to the green he dislikes, but another OK result. Tiger sticks that one in the ground a little bit from 84 yards, which means the ball comes up right and short. But again, he leaves himself something in the 20-foot range. So it’s not the worst thing in the world. But Tiger is not capitalizing on having good looks from the fairway.

ON THE GREEN (12:46 p.m. ET): A second straight 24-footer, and Tiger starts to raise the putter only for the ball to trickle by just on the right. So close. He taps in for par. A solid par-par-par start. But remember that Nos. 1-3 contains two pretty easy holes on this course. So par-par-par is fine. But Tiger is fair to lament a bit on missing birdie opportunities on a course where those are tough to find.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (T-21)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 460 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:24 p.m. ET): A 2-iron for TW, and this is a beauty. He held off on the follow-through a bit and took this one lower, and the ball landed in the left-center of the fairway. It also bounded maybe some 40 yards after hitting the ground. So that was textbook. Way, way, way better than his massive pull yesterday that ended up in a plant in a hazard here.

APPROACH SHOT (12:29 p.m. ET): He was disappointed with this one. But don’t worry, it’s just fine. Tiger knocks this one about 30 feet left of the flag from 153 yards. Why was he so disgusted right away? Well, he had a good look at this flag after that tee shot and he didn’t take advantage. But once again, Tiger’s got a reasonable birdie putt.

ON THE GREEN (12:32 p.m. ET): That putt from 24 feet was right on line, but it comes up maybe 6 inches short. Still, another stress-free par. We now come to a par 5.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (T-18)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 352 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:10 p.m. ET): Tiger takes iron off the tee, and this is a high one down the left side of the fairway. Good start. He’ll have a short-iron or wedge into the green from there.

APPROACH SHOT (12:15 p.m. ET): That was a wedge from 124 yards, and he had to be a bit conservative. With the pin on the left, Tiger had no angle. He flails that out a little right and short, but the ball plops down harmlessly some 25 feet below the hole. Nothing special, but Tiger is safely on the green.

ON THE GREEN (12:20 p.m. ET): This one came from 22’7,” and Tiger gave it a nice roll. But it doesn’t drop. The ball misses right and rolls a foot or so past. That’s a stress-free two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-15)

Pre-Round

Tiger is on the range…

Tiger tees off at 12:10 p.m. ET. Find out his playing competitor and where you can watch on TV here.

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HONDA CLASSIC TRACKER

UPDATE No. 4 (5:56 p.m. ET): Luke List gets up and down from a bunker at 18 for birdie, and he’s your 54-hole leader by one at 7 under. It should be a thrilling Sunday!

UPDATE No. 3 (5:40 p.m. ET): This is the top of the leaderboard as we come toward the finish. The lead will be 6 or 7 under by day’s end, it appears.

UPDATE No. 2 (2:06 p.m. ET): The other Rory, Sabbatini, has tied the lead at 3 under. He’s tied for first with three other players. Justin Thomas, Jamie Lovemark and Luke List are those others. Here’s the top of the leaderboard in full…

UPDATE No. 1 (12:08 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy is struggling. He’s gone bogey-bogey-double bogey-bogey-bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey to sit 5 over for the round through 11 and 9 over overall. He’s solo 73rd among the 76 players still in the field. Oof.

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