Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods makes late charge, finishes T-2 at Valspar

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods makes late charge, finishes T-2 at Valspar

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods makes late charge, finishes T-2 at Valspar

Tiger Woods couldn’t get his 80th PGA Tour win on a frustrating Sunday, but this week was still so, so huge. Oh, and there was some vintage Tiger late.

Woods closed in 1-under 70 at the Valspar Championship for a tie for second at 9 under. He even made a late clutch birdie to stay in contention. It was still an electric day, regardless.

We tracked Woods’ entire final round shot by shot. Look back on the T-2 that proved Tiger Woods, once and for all, is BACK…

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 445 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (5:38 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out iron and finds the right side of the fairway. He needs birdie here and he’s aced the fairway part.
  • APPROACH SHOT (5:43 p.m. ET): Well, that’s just OK. Tiger comes up about 30 feet left and short of the cup. He needs to drain this to force a playoff with Paul Casey. A par ties him for second with Patrick Reed.
  • ON THE GREEN (5:51 p.m. ET): That was a weak 39-footer. It comes up about a foot short. There goes his chance to win. But this is a strong T-2 this week.

  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 70 (-9 overall, T-2)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 196 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (5:30 p.m. ET): A 6-iron for Tiger here, and he needs to get aggressive. And that’s very average for this situation. That ball ends up about 30 feet right and long of the hole. A semi-miracle to make that putt. He needs to play his final two in 2 under, so this is looking pretty dire.
  • ON THE GREEN (5:35 p.m. ET): OH. MY. GOD. Tiger buries an unbelievable 43-footer sidewinding putt for birdie to get within one. A birdie at the 72nd would likely force a playoff. WOW!!!

  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17 (-9 overall, third)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 446 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (5:16 p.m. ET): Tiger goes 3-wood here and he likes it. He does get a bit unlucky though, as the ball doesn’t kick right. His ball lands on the left edge of the fairway and bounces to the edge of the first cut. The primary rough is sitting inches away, but Tiger is in the first cut. He’ll have a good angle and should have a decent enough lie.
  • APPROACH SHOT (5:22 p.m. ET): OK, Tiger needs a good shot here. No more waiting. And … he went right for this flag but the distance was a bit long. This one carries to the back and he’ll have about 40 feet for birdie. He has to think about draining that, as unlikely as it is.
  • ON THE GREEN (5:27 p.m. ET): Tiger gave that a good run, but it was always left. Good speed, as this ball trickles by the cup on the left. But that’s another par. He’s two back with two to play.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (-8 overall, T-3)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 208 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (5:09 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out 7-iron and it’s just a touch too far left. the ball lands in the first cut and hops left into the rough. This could be a tricky chip upcoming. But not too hard if the lie is good.
  • AROUND THE GREEN (5:13 p.m. ET): Tiger with a pretty chip that goes right at the cup … and comes up a few inches short of dropping for a huge birdie. He needed that. Now, he has to play the Snake Pit in 2 under to catch Paul Casey. Reed is 10 under as well on 16.
  • ON THE GREEN (5:14 p.m. ET): Tiger taps in for par. He’s now made 11 straight pars. That’s not enough on this day.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 15 (-8 overall, T-3)

Hole No. 14: Par 5, 593 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (4:51 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driver here, absolutely imperative he gets birdie here … and that’ll do just fine. He smokes it. Ball lands in left side of fairway and actually runs all the way to the first cut on the right. But he can absolutely go for this green in two.
  • APPROACH SHOT (4:57 p.m. ET): With a 2-iron from 252 yards over the trees … a solid shot from Tiger. The ball reaches the front of the green and just comes back to the front fringe due to false front. He’ll probably putt from there. May be like 80 feet for eagle. But this will be a good shot at birdie, at the very least.
  • AROUND THE GREEN (5:01 p.m. ET): Tiger takes putter from just off the front of the green and it’s not a terrible lag. He leaves that one about 8 feet short and left. But that should be a pretty simple birdie putt back up the hill. This is pretty much a must-make.
  • ON THE GREEN (5:05 p.m. ET): That is deflating. It looked pretty good most of the way, but that putt slowed down at the end and dove to the left. It’s a miss, and Tiger taps in for par. He really needed birdie there. He now needs to play his final four in at least 2 under to have a chance.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 14 (-8 overall, T-3)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 172 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (4:40 p.m. ET): Tiger goes 8-iron just right of the flag, and that’s well played. He leaves himself 10-15 feet right of the pin for birdie. That’ll be a right-to-lefter, but it’s a good look. It’s not a must-make, but we’re getting close to that territory. Casey is in the clubhouse at 10 under, Tiger is two back.
  • ON THE GREEN (4:46 p.m. ET): Tiger does not have the speed right on the greens today. That’s totally apparent. That 15-footer was hit on the right line but too hard. It curls to the right side of the cup, grazes the lip but is going way too hard to have any chance. The ball runs 3 feet by. Again, the right speed there, and that ball is in. Anyway, Tiger does make the comebacker. Another par. But he’s running out of holes.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13 (-8 overall, T-4)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 369 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (4:23 p.m. ET): Tiger goes iron off the tee on this short par 4, and this is textbook down the right-center. He’ll have another good look in upcoming. At some point, he needs to take advantage with his irons.
  • APPROACH SHOT (4:29 p.m. ET): OK, Tiger had 155 yards in, and … that’s another one left in the 25-foot range. It wasn’t a bad shot, but he pulled it a touch. That’ll be a birdie look, but he needs to get those closer.
  • ON THE GREEN (4:35 p.m. ET): Tiger from 30 feet, and he gave that too much speed. The ball is hit too hard to take the break back right, and it runs some 3.5 feet by. But he cleans up the comebacker just fine. Another par. He needs birdies, though.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12 (-8 overall, T-4)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 560 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (4:08 p.m. ET): OK, this is a par 5 Tiger needs to take advantage of. And he finds the left fairway bunker off the tee with a 3-wood. That is almost certainly a lay up. Oof. But he can still make birdie if he can get into position from there.
  • SECOND SHOT (4:12 p.m. ET): Indeed, Tiger is forced to lay up, and this is no problem. Right down the fairway. He’ll have about 100 yards for his third.
  • THIRD SHOT (4:16 p.m. ET): This one from 122 yards is terrible. That one is long, left and misses the green. He’ll have plenty of green to work with, so it’s not a tough up and down. But he needs to get up and down just to save par on a par 5.
  • AROUND THE GREEN (4:19 p.m. ET): A brilliant shot. That one was an iffy lie, and Tiger almost holes it. Ball misses the hole left by inches. It runs about 2 feet. That’ll be a par, we assume. Not what he was looking for, but a bogey would have been a killer.
  • ON THE GREEN (4:22 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed cleans up for par. Again, he avoids what would’ve been a killer bogey. But with Casey 10 under on 17 and two players 9 under early in the back nine, Tiger has to be thinking he needs to get to something like 11 under by day’s end.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11 (-8 overall, T-4)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 446 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (3:55 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood out on this hole, and it’s a low laser down the left side. The ball kicks out of the first cut to the left edge of the fairway, so a great tee shot.
  • APPROACH SHOT (4 p.m. ET): That wasn’t Tiger’s best. He only had 131 yards in and a good angle, and he pulls that one about 25 feet left of the flag. That was a green-lighter he didn’t capitalize on.
  • ON THE GREEN (4:04 p.m. ET): That was on-line, but the speed wasn’t there. That 23-footer finishes dead in the heart but a foot short. Tiger taps in for par, but he missed an opportunity here. He needs to start making birdies soon.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10 (-8 overall, T-4)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 424 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (3:41 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driver off the tee, and this one was left from the start. It misses the fairway by a good 20 yards, and it’s in the rough. Ball is sitting up a little, but he could have trees in his way. We’ll see.
  • APPROACH SHOT (3:47 p.m. ET): So Tiger had a tree in his way, so he went left of it and played a high, huge cut with his wedge. It works out pretty well. The ball finds the first cut just over the green. He’ll have a bout 15 feet for birdie from there. Maybe puttable, but probably a short chip.
  • AROUND THE GREEN (3:50 p.m. ET): Tiger tried to hole this one, even taking the flag out. But the ball just misses right and runs about 2 feet. He’ll likely clean up soon for par.
  • ON THE GREEN (3:52 p.m. ET): Yep, that’s a a par for TW. He posts an Even-par 36 and is two back of Casey heading to the final nine. Stats: 5/7 fairways hit, 7/9 GIR, 17 putts
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 9 (-8 overall, T-3)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 228 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (3:30 p.m. ET): This is a drawing 5-iron and yeah baby! That was beautiful. Tiger gets that one to finish about 8 feet right of the cup. Another good birdie look upcoming.
  • ON THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): Oh no. Tiger thought he made it, even walked after it. But the ball hits the left edge hard and curls out. That would’ve gotten him back to T-2 and one back, as Paul Casey birdies ahead to move to 10 under. But nothing doing for TW. Another par.

  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 8 (-8 overall, T-4)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 398 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (3:18 p.m. ET): Tiger goes iron off the tee again, and a second straight twirl off the tee. That’s a beauty that hit basically dead center and rolled about 20 yards straight forward.
  • APPROACH SHOT (3:22 p.m. ET): Tiger was anxious over that one, but it’s pretty. The ball goes right at the flag, lands 5 feet short and spins back to the edge of the green. About a 10-footer for birdie upcoming right on edge of collar.
  • ON THE GREEN (3:26 p.m. ET): That one hit something early and never had the speed. That 13-footer comes up about a foot short. A tap-in par, but Tiger is upset at that missed opportunity.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (-8 overall, T-3)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 452 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (3:03 p.m. ET): Tiger, that was perfect. An iron off the tee, and he launches it down the right side of the fairway. It lands there and runs maybe 50 yards into the center. That was about 285 yards on that drive. Nice.

  • APPROACH SHOT (3:06 p.m. ET): That one is just OK from 170 yards. With the pin left, Tiger hands this one out right and short. This one looks to be about 50 feet from the pin. But it is a birdie putt upcoming.
  • ON THE GREEN (3:10 p.m. ET): From 50 feet exactly … yikes, bad speed. Tiger runs that a good 9.5 feet by. Another tough par comebacker, and oh he DRAINS it. Walked it in. That was a huge putt. Besides that putt at No. 4, he’s looked so solid over those today.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (-8 overall, T-2)

Hole No. 5: Par 5, 602 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (2:46 p.m. ET): Tiger was leaning on that driver, but it turns out perfectly. The ball just carries the bunker on the right and bounces out into the right side of the fairway. He’s in great position, and should be able to go for this in two.
  • APPROACH SHOT (2:50 p.m. ET): Tiger went with 3-wood from 274 yards and really went at it, backing up after he hit the shot because of the force he put in. But he does not like it. This one goes well right and is in the front-right greenside bunker. He has a long bunker shot upcoming, but he’ll have plenty of green to work with. Also, FYI, a pace of play warning for TW’s group…

  • AROUND THE GREEN (2:55 p.m. ET): Tiger hits a decent shot here. It was a 40-yard shot that landed about 25 feet short of the pin and didn’t realize as much as he thought. It rolls 10-15 feet short. Still a pretty good birdie look, though.
  • ON THE GREEN (2:59 p.m. ET): That one from 12 feet … it dives right at the end, hits the right lip and actually runs some 4 feet by. But Tiger puts that comebacker right back in. Still, a disappointing par. He’s still one back.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (-8 overall, T-2)

Hole No. 4: Par 3, 186 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (2:35 p.m. ET): Tiger hit this one left of the pin and it comes up a bit short. It hits in the rough short of the green and bounces out into the fringe. Not too bad, actually. He’ll probably putt from there, close to 50 feet for birdie.
  • AROUND THE GREEN (2:40 p.m. ET): Tiger actually decides to chip that, and the ball rolls about 5 feet by the cup. That left for par.
  • ON THE GREEN (2:44 p.m. ET): That was never on line. It was always missing left, with Tiger walking after it early. A bit of a sloppy bogey there as Tiger falls one behind Justin Rose.

  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (-8 overall, T-2)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 428 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (2:22 p.m. ET): Another iron off the tee, and it’s not in the fairway. But he’s just fine, as the ball finishes in the intermediate rough left. That’ll take off some spin, but it’ll do just fine.
  • APPROACH SHOT (2:26 p.m. ET): Tiger was well back, having 206 yards. He goes 5-iron and another solid shot. That looks to be about 25 feet for birdie right and just below pin-high. A decent birdie try, and he puts himself in position for a simple par at worst it looks like.
  • ON THE GREEN (2:30 p.m. ET): That one never had the pace, coming up about 18 inches short. But that’s an easy tap-in for par. A great start for TW.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 (-9 overall, T-1)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 425 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (2:06 p.m. ET): Iron off the tee here, and another beauty. This one is basically down the center, too. We’re off to a terrific start.
  • APPROACH SHOT (2:11 p.m. ET): Tiger got unlucky, as his tee shot ended up in a sand-filled divot. But he navigates it just fine. From 158 yards, he takes precaution with this back pin, as his ball ends up some 40 feet short. That will be his birdie putt. Solid play. He’s in good steed to make par.
  • ON THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): These distances are tough to judge. That was 50+ feet and Tiger lags it about 5 feet short. An early comebacker test, and Tiger gets it to curl in the right side of the cup. That’s a huge two-putt. His early nerves are solid.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 (-9 overall, T-1)

Hole No. 1: Par 5, 529 yards

  • OFF THE TEE (1:50 p.m. ET): A 3-wood here like Saturday, and that was  a rip. It hits in the left side of the fairway and kicks into the center. Perfect start.
  • APPROACH SHOT (1:55 p.m. ET): That drive was 319 yards. With a 3-wood. He takes advantage. TW launches a long-iron from 222 yards about 30 feet left of the flag, and it ends up about pin-high. He’ll have roughly 35 feet for eagle.
  • ON THE GREEN (2:02 p.m. ET): That was a 42-footer, and … it was great pace. The ball just finishes low and right and he taps in for an opening birdie. It looked like the ball hit something that might’ve just killed the speed enough, but whatever. He’s now tied for the lead. And we are OFF AND RUNNING!

  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1 (-9 overall, T-1)

Pre-round

Yep, it’s finally here.

Here. We. Go.

Tiger is on the range! Sunday Red!

We’ll update when Tiger is on the course (tee time is 1:50 p.m. ET). For now, get your TW fix with his Round 3 highlights…

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Valspar Championship Tracker

UPDATE No. 7 (6 p.m. ET): Paul Casey wins by one over Woods and Reed, who flubbed the final hole with a bogey.

UPDATE No. 6 (4:54 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed birdies No. 14 with help from this incredible second shot. He ties the lead at 10 under with that birdie.

UPDATE No. 5 (4:42 p.m. ET): Paul Casey closes with five straight pars to get in at 10 under. That’s a 6-under 65, and he leads by one in the clubhouse. Patrick Reed (9 under through 13), Justin Rose (9 under through 11) and Tiger Woods (8 under through 12) are the closest challengers at the moment.

UPDATE No. 4 (3:33 p.m. ET): Paul Casey birdies 11, 12 and 13 to move to 10 under overall and the leader alone by one. He is 6 under today. What a run!

UPDATE No. 3 (3:22 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia is now 8 under and one back! He’s 6 under today, and oh man, imagine a Tiger-Sergio playoff.

Paul Casey has now tied the lead at 9 under with Justin Rose, by the way. Casey is 5 under today.

UPDATE No. 2 (3:07 p.m. ET): Woah, there’s Sam Burns!

Burns birdies No. 6 to move to 8 under, and he’s now just one back. And he’s tied with Tiger. Oh man!

UPDATE No. 1 (1:53 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed, in Sunday Red, opens with an eagle to move to 8 under. He’s now just one back.

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