Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 68 at QL National

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 68 at QL National

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 68 at QL National

Tiger Woods made six birdies on Saturday at the Quicken Loans National and there was a lot of excitement. He even got to within one of the lead at one point!

It was a bit of a tease once again, though, as Woods’ penchant in recent months to have a hot round going only to fade late continued Saturday. Still, it was a nice 2-under 68 and Woods is T-10 and within six heading into Sunday at the moment.

We covered Woods’ entertaining Saturday, shot by shot. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 453 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:24 p.m. ET): That’s a driver and it goes slightly right. It’s enough to catch the rough over there. And the lie does not look. Then again, he was almost in this exact situation here yesterday and made birdie, so…

APPROACH SHOT (4:30 p.m. ET): That lie was AWFUL. He chops at this one and Tiger puts it in the left front greenside bunker. That’s all he could do. It’ll be a long bunker shot, so this will test him.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:34 p.m. ET): This was pretty nifty. A tough long shot and Tiger gets it to finish 8 feet beyond the cup. That left for par and a 67.

ON THE GREEN (4:36 p.m. ET): He misses this one to the left, and that’s a disappointing bogey. Well, an interesting day. A lot of good, but definitely some frustration as well.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under 68 (7 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 193 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:14 p.m. ET): That’s 8-iron for Tiger and this is a nice solid shot about 20 feet right and short of the hole. This is right under the hole and a putt you can take a run at. Good shot.

ON THE GREEN (4:21 p.m. ET): That one was always a little left, but great speed means this just trickles by the hole on the left. Tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 17 (8 under overall, T-7)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 415 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:57 p.m. ET): That’s a driving iron and this is a beauty down the left center. This one carries almost 240 yards and runs another 20 down the fairway. That is ideal.

APPROACH SHOT (4:05 p.m. ET): A pitching wedge from 142 yards … Right. At. It.

He goes after this back right pin, lands it 10 feet beyond and a touch right and spins it 4-5 feet under the hole. A fantastic chance to get a much-needed birdie for late momentum.

ON THE GREEN (4:08 p.m. ET): He walks it in!! Huge birdie in a great round that was getting away from him. He’s back within four.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 16 (8 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 480 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:45 p.m. ET): Tiger was leaning, but this one is SMOKED. The ball lands on the right edge of the fairway but kicks left and then races down a slope some 50 yards maybe. This maybe 350 down there in the left side of the fairway. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (3:49 p.m. ET): A pitching wedge for Tiger from 138 yards – seriously, what a drive – and he leaves this one hanging right. It finishes about 20 feet right and under the pin. Not his greatest, but that pin is tucked, so that shot is finely executed in a conservative way.

ON THE GREEN (3:53 p.m. ET): That one misses on the left. It doesn’t touch the hole. This must be frustrating for Tiger, who has had so much firepower today, but is only 2 under due to a combo of missed opportunities and odd mistakes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 15 (7 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 297 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:31 p.m. ET): OK, drivable par 4 … and that’s a high cut with a 3-wood that lands about 40 feet short of the pin and runs just into the rough pin-high maybe 15 feet from the flag. The lie is good and it is a makeable chip for eagle. Assuming he manages that straightforward chip just fine, this should be birdie or better.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:38 p.m. ET): That was … bizarre. This things comes out hot and goes racing by the cup and then stops 7 feet by. A pretty poor effort for Tiger on a simple chip. He can still make birdie, though.

ON THE GREEN (3:40 p.m. ET): That was a dead miss left. Wow. What a terrible par. He makes birdie or better from that spot probably 98 times out of 100. Really disappointing.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 14 (7 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 347 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:16 p.m. ET): Yikes. Tiger takes iron out on this short par 4 and misses this well right. It goes right of a cart path and, fortunately, appears to be in trampled down rough over there. That’s a good break, but not much spin control from over there, and trees in his path may be an issue too. An ugly shot off the tee.

APPROACH SHOT (3:21 p.m. ET): There were indeed trees in his way, so he had to go for low punch cut and he does OK. This was a really tough to green to hit at this trajectory and he goes a little long in the rough. A good lie there, though, and plenty of green to work with to a front pin.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:25 p.m. ET): That was not good at all. He plays for this to land on the back of the green and left, and have the ball run forward and right all the way to the hole. But he hits this way too hard and this goes into the first cut just in front of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:27 p.m. ET): Tiger decides to putt this one – it was around 20 feet with just a few feet of fringe to go through – and that’s a decent lag to about a foot. But that’ll be a bogey on an easy hole. Momentum. Killer.

ON THE GREEN (3:28 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for bogey. With Abraham Ancer birdieing the 14th to make the lead score 11 under again, Tiger is now four back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 13 (7 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 12: Par 3, 169 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:07 p.m. ET): This 9-iron is a bit right, but only about 20 feet or so. This ball finishes pin-high, 20-25 feet from the cup. Well done. The 13th and 14th are birdie holes, so a nice simple par here would be good.

ON THE GREEN (3:13 p.m. ET): So, so, so close. Tiger had that delicate right-to-left swinger dead in the heart, but it comes up a revolution or two short in the center. Tiger even started walking to the side hoping to coax it in. Tough to get that close and come away with nothing, but that’s an easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 12 (8 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 456 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:55 p.m. ET): Didn’t get a great look at that tee shot, but it goes a bit left and flirts with the hazard. But it’s safe! The ball ends up in the left intermediate, and he’s just fine.

SECOND SHOT (2:58 p.m. ET): Man, is Tiger dialed in on the approach. This pin is front-right with marsh hazard right and Tiger goes RIGHT of the flag. The ball ends up just inside 10 feet and it’s another excellent birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (3:03 p.m. ET): That putt was ugly. It was always right and hit too hard as well. This one also runs 3 feet by, but once again, the comebacker is no problem. Tiger has missed two straight opportunities but is actually now within two after a Gay bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 11 (8 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 10: Par 5, 592 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:37 p.m. ET): After a long wait on the tee, Tiger goes 3-wood and almost right away gives the fore right sign. This ball ends up just shy of the gallery in rough. Not a good shot, but if his lie isn’t horrible, he’ll be able to lay up to wedge range. A bad lie could complicate things, but we’ll see.

SECOND SHOT (2:43 p.m. ET): That was a decent lie and a remarkably easy swing from Tiger, but that shows his confidence. He clears the hazard and rough that juts in a ways up and is indeed in the fairway for a wedge third.

THIRD SHOT (2:45 p.m. ET): That’s another beautiful approach. He takes this 10-15 feet right and long of the flag and gently spins this inside 10 feet. Another birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (2:52 p.m. ET): That’s Tiger’s first missed putt in a while. A good opportunity gone by as this ball just goes low and right at the cup. It was a fast one, too, as it trickled to the hole and still ran 3 feet by. Tiger does clean up for par. He’s now three back, as Brian Gay reached 12 under but then bogeyed to fall back to -11.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 10 (8 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 9: Par 3, 194 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:21 p.m. ET): An 8-iron here, and that’s a solid shot. This one finishes 25 feet right and under the hole. This should be a nice, simple par after that bogey at No. 8.

ON THE GREEN (2:25 p.m. ET): Oh. My. Goodness. Tiger buried that for another birdie! That’s five in nine holes and he’s back within two. He opens in 3-under 32. What a front nine!!!

Stats: 4/7 fairways, 6/9 greens in regulation and 11 putts. Yes, just 11 putts. That new putter is working out well.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 9 (8 under overall, T-6)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 481 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:03 p.m. ET): That’s a 3-wood for Tiger, and this is his first poor shot in a while. This is pull to the left and is at least 10 yards into the rough. He’s not facing trouble, but this all depends on the lie.

APPROACH SHOT (2:09 p.m. ET): Well, THAT was a flier for sure. Tiger goes after this one from 181 yards and airmails the green by a good 15 yards. This one actually may be near No. 9 tee. He should simply be in rough, but he’ll be left with possible a 30-yard pitch with not much green to work with. A very difficult up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:13 p.m. ET): Yeah, that was impossible. Downhill lie, downhill to the hole, very little green to work with. He had to land this in the rough and hope it bounced out to have any chance of getting this close. He almost pulled it off, but the ball just strays in the rough.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:14 p.m. ET): Tiger’s next chip is exquisite, as he lands this just on the green and this releases all the way to a foot past the cup. It’ll be a bogey, but he avoids a horrific double.

ON THE GREEN (2:15 p.m. ET): Tiger taps in. That’s a bogey. He’s now three back after the lead has moved to 10 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (7 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 438 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:49 p.m. ET): Lol, Tiger was nervous about this 3-wood but it lands in the right side of the fairway and kicks forward and toward the center. This is pristine, a far cry from his worried reaction.

APPROACH SHOT (1:54 p.m. ET): A wedge from 129 yards, and this is becoming a clinic. He lands this 10 feet past the cup and it spins within six. A great look for four straight birdies. Oh, and to be within one.

ON THE GREEN (1:59 p.m. ET): YESSS! Four straight! Tiger is ONE back. It’s time to go nuts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 7 (8 under overall, T-5)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 477 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:32 p.m. ET): We’re really starting to get excited. He likes that driver immediately and he should because it is SMOKED down the middle.

APPROACH SHOT (1:39 p.m. ET): Let’s all stay calm, but Tiger just hit a delicious little cut that landed 15 feet left and short of the hole and took a little slope forward and right to finish about 8 feet under the cup. That’s what is left for three straight birdies. Tiger would be within two.

ON THE GREEN (1:44 p.m. ET): Oh man, he drains it. This one sneaks in the left side. Three straight birdies. Tiger is TWO back, people. Breathe.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (7 under overall, T-7)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 375 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:20 p.m. ET): That’s a driving iron, and he catches it perfectly. Lands in the middle of the fairway and runs some 20-30 yards forward and a tiny bit left. That is pretty much ideal. He’ll have a wedge in from the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (1:25 p.m. ET): Tiger goes for a high wedge with less spin from 106 yards and that is textbook. He lands this one just left and pin-high, the ball spins back a touch and he’ll have 6 feet for birdie. Now it’s heating up!

ON THE GREEN (1:30 p.m. ET): Oh man, he rolled that in WITH AUTHORITY. Just dead-center with some speed. Back-to-back birdies and now we’re really rolling! By the way, he’s just three back now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (6 under overall, T-11)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 424 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:07 p.m. ET): An iron off the tee for Tiger and this is perfect. Hits a low draw and plays it at the right intermediate on purpose, as a significant right-to-left slope will give it a big kick left and forward. It does just that and the balls rolls into the center of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (1:13 p.m. ET): Now we’re getting on track. Tiger takes wedge from 151 yards and lands this just short and left of the pin. The ball spins back a little too, actually bouncing back over his pitch mark. It settles just inside 10 feet under the cup. A nice birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (1:16 p.m. ET): Yes, sir! Tiger drains this one left-center and that’s a birdie! We told you that par putt at the third was huge. A short par 4 upcoming, too.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 4 (5 under overall, T-16)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 212 yards

OFF THE TEE (1 p.m. ET): He doesn’t like this at all. This 6-iron is pulled and hops left and long into a greenside bunker. Plenty of green to work with from there, but ball is on a downslope and he faces a downhill shot. This is more delicate than it looks.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:02 p.m. ET): That wasn’t his best. Tiger gets a little too delicate and leaves this bunker shot some 15 feet short. That leaves an extremely delicate putt for par. This Saturday is not shaping up well so far.

ON THE GREEN (1:04 p.m. ET): That was HUGE. Tiger drains this right-to-lefter, as it falls in the left side. That’s an important par save. Without it, he would be 2 over through three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 3 (4 under overall, T-24)

Hole No. 2: Par 5, 588 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:42 p.m. ET): A driver for Tiger here and this falls off a bit to the right. We believe it’s in the rough. If so, this is likely a three-shot hole. The tee ball is not working so far for Tiger.

APPROACH SHOT (12:47 p.m. ET): Ooh, Tiger is getting aggressive. He was in that rough but takes a wood from almost 270 yards to go for this green! He does get this in the greenside bunker, leaving him a long third from the sand. This is not an easy up and down by any means, but he’s close to the green in two.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:51 p.m. ET): Pretty well done! As we said, not easy. Tiger coaxes this about 8 feet past the cup. A pretty good birdie look, especially after another meh drive.

ON THE GREEN (12:53 p.m. ET): Nope, he misses that one on the left. It never touched the cup. That’s a disappointing putt after a nice recovery. A slow start for TW.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (4 under overall, T-25)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 450 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:25 p.m. ET): Here. We. Go.

It’s a 3-wood for Tiger and that wasn’t great. He seemed to like it, but the ball lands and ends up in the right rough. Not ideal, but if he has a decent lie, he’ll be fine.

APPROACH SHOT (12:32 p.m. ET): Ughhh… Tiger catches a flier from here and this ball airmails the green. Really airmails it. Tiger gets past the rough beyond the green and in the deep weeds. It’s possible that ball may not be found or he may have to take an unplayable. We’ll update when we can.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:35 p.m. ET): Good news! The ball was found and playable in that unbelievably thick cabbage. Not an awful lie either and Tiger hacks one out 12 feet below the cup. Regardless of the good fortune, that’s a fantastic shot from that thick stuff. He’d be stealing one if he could make a par from there.

ON THE GREEN (12:38 p.m. ET): A good effort, but this putt hits the left lip and doesn’t drop. It goes a foot past and he taps in. Disappointing opening bogey, but this could’ve been worse.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 1 (4 under overall, T-27)

Pre-round

Special bag for TW today…

Tiger tees off at 12:25 p.m. Here’s a reminder on what he did in Round 2:

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