Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71

Well that was exciting, if disappointing.

Tiger Woods surged from four back to the outright lead 10 holes into the final round of the British Open and had the golf world on edge. But a double bogey-bogey stretch at Nos. 11 and 12 killed his chances.

He ended up finishing in a tie for sixth at 5 under, three back of champion Francesco Molinari. Still, what a valiant effort at his 15th major.

Woods didn’t quite get it, but what a show. Look back on it, shot by shot, here:

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 508 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:21 p.m. ET): Wow, people yelled during Tiger’s swing. He came out of this driver, but this ball just bounds left of the right bunker and finishes at least 350+ yards down there in light rough. That will leave him with a good look into this green. But Molinari hits a great drive, too. Tiger probably has to be thinking of holing this for eagle now to have a chance.

APPROACH SHOT (1:27 p.m. ET): A gap wedge for Tiger from 119 yards, and this is a beauty that comes up 7 feet short of the cup. He’ll have that for birdie to reach 6 under. Now he needs Molinari to bogey 18 or worse to keep his hopes alive.

ON THE GREEN (1:29 p.m. ET): Tiger tugs that putt, which is a disappointment. He pars and he will not win this tournament. But what a run he made today. Wow.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 71 (5 under overall, T-6)

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 464 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:06 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driving iron and this is a nice low bullet down the middle. That’s perfect, but he’ll have a long second. Tiger needs to play his final two holes in 1 under to have any chance. It’s possible a birdie-birdie finish is needed. Not impossible, but far from easy.

APPROACH SHOT (1:10 p.m. ET): That’s a 234-yard 3-iron and that one comes up short of the green. He’ll have a 25-yard pitch for birdie. Not a tough up and down, but he has to have it. A bogey would end his chances.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:14 p.m. ET): That pitch actually took a peek at the hole on the way by, but just misses right and runs 5 feet by. That left for par. A must-make, as he’s two back.

ON THE GREEN (1:18 p.m. ET): That one goes in the right side of the cup. Huge par. He stays in this tournament. A birdie at 18 and a Molinari bogey would mean Tiger has a chance.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (5 under overall, T-7)

Hole No. 16: Par 3, 261 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:57 p.m. ET): This is a 5-iron downwind … and a good shot there. He’ll have 40 feet for birdie, but this is a really tough hole, all you can ask for. Still, we know Tiger needs to get to 6 under to have any chance and he’s currently -5.

ON THE GREEN (1:03 p.m. ET): That’s an awesome lag putt, as this finishes maybe a foot below the hole. That’s par, but he’s two back with two to play.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (5 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 465 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:42 p.m. ET): Takes iron here and this one finds the right side of the fairway. Good stuff.

APPROACH SHOT (12:47 p.m. ET): Tiger liked this 9-iron from 190 yards, but it takes an odd hop to the right. This ball finishes a bit right of the green, maybe some 30 feet from the hole. Shouldn’t be a tough up and down from there. He’ll probably putt it.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:51 p.m. ET): He makes a good run at this one, but it just falls off to the right. This will be a tap-in par.

ON THE GREEN (12:53 p.m. ET): He indeed taps in for par. The clubhouse leader is 6 under. So he needs at least one more birdie. It feels like 7 under may be the number by day’s end, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 15 (5 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 14: Par 5, 501 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:28 p.m. ET): This is driver, and he flails this way left. That was just a bad swing. He may’ve gotten lucky, as it went into the gallery and may be OK in benign rough. We’ll see.

APPROACH SHOT (12:32 p.m. ET): Tiger got a nice break, as his ball finished up on hardpan, but there was no chance to stop that, and it goes into a very odd spot. His ball races 150 feet past the cup onto the other side of a double-green. He’s putting for eagle, but it is a lonnnnnnnnng one.

ON THE GREEN (12:35 p.m. ET): Tiger is actually forced to chip from that far away, and he leaves this some 25 feet short for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (12:37 p.m. ET): HUGE! Tiger gets that putt to curl in the right side and he makes birdie. He needed that. Tiger is still two behind, though, after Molinari birdies as well. Still, he needed to make that to stay in this and did.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 14 (5 under overall, T-6)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 184 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:18 p.m. ET): That’s a nice calm down shot after a rough last two holes. This 9-iron finds the back of the green. He’ll have about 25 feet left for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (12:21 p.m. ET): Tiger tried to jam that one in, and it goes through the left-to-right break as a result and misses left. This runs 3 feet by, but he does make the comebacker for par. Still two back, but he comes to an easy par 5.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 13 (4 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 508 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:01 p.m. ET): An iron off this tee, and this one bounds left into the rough. Depends on the lie, but if it’s not great, we’re in more trouble here.

APPROACH SHOT (12:06 p.m. ET): Nope. Not a great lie, and Tiger flails this right. This one finishes in rough maybe 50 yards short of the green. This could be a crucial hole for Tiger, as he’s starting to fall apart.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:08 p.m. ET): Tiger gets this one out fine, but he can only get it to about 30 feet away. That’ll be left for par to avoid falling two behind.

ON THE GREEN (12:12 p.m. ET): This one comes up short, and Tiger bogeys. This has been a brutal 30 minutes. He falls two behind.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 12 (4 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 385 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:44 a.m. ET): This is iron off the tee and it’s no good. This is well right and finishes in the right rough. Not a huge problem there, but just a bad tee shot.

APPROACH SHOT (11:51 a.m. ET): Oh that is awful. This goes straight left out of this lie and careens right toward the gallery. It actually hits a spectator and gets a great kick to the right. Tiger’s ball ends up in light rough left and beyond the green. All in all, that’s not bad. This could’ve been MUCH worse. But it’s important to note that Tiger’s tee to green game has been a lot less solid in the last hour.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:54 a.m. ET): That actually got in deep rough and Tiger played a risky high flop. That comes up just short and rolls back off the green. Not sure about that play. He’ll have to roll in a 30-footer up the slope off the green for par.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:56 a.m. ET): Tiger had to run this putt close to the edge of the bunker, and it was on a solid line, but he races this a good 8 feet by. He needs to make that just to save bogey.

ON THE GREEN (11:58 a.m. ET): Nope. Hs misses that right and that’s a bad double. His first double bogey of the week. He falls from the solo lead to one back. Obviously Tiger is still right in this, but he needs to get back in attack mode.

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

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 451 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:32 a.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood and pulls this a little too much. That caught a left fairway bunker, which will almost certainly necessitate a lay up. That was his first real miss off the tee today.

APPROACH SHOT (11:37 a.m. ET): Seriously, is it 2006 or something? That was maybe the shot of the tournament. Tiger hits pitching wedge from 151 yards, taking a huge risk, as he launches this over the lip. Full recoil on this shot that lands just short of the green and finishes 20 feet below the cup. You just do not know how amazing that is.

Oh, and Tiger is now the solo leader after a Schauffele bogey!! The reality of this is really starting to sink in.

ON THE GREEN (11:42 a.m. ET): That was a nice roll, but it just rolls low and right. But that’s an easy par. Huge after that tee shot.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (7 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:16 a.m. ET): Another iron, and this is a beauty down the left side of the fairway. He’s in such control at the moment, and really hold your breath Tiger fans … Spieth and Schauffele may very well bogey the sixth. If that happens, Tiger is TIED FOR THE LEAD on a major championship Sunday.

APPROACH SHOT (11:22 a.m. ET): That was just a bad shot. Tiger flails this approach to the right and ends up short right in a bunker. This will be a long bunker shot upcoming. A downer, but … those bogeys behind do indeed come (Spieth doubles, actually) and TIGER IS TIED FOR THE LEAD! Unreal.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:25 a.m. ET): Another pretty bunker shot, as Tiger gets this to finish 6 feet below the cup. That is what’s left for an opening 2-under 34. Make it, and he goes to the back nine of a major in a share of the lead.

ON THE GREEN (11:28 a.m. ET): That putt just sneaks in. Tiger hit a good putt that didn’t take the left-to-right break, but it curls in the left side of the cup. That’s a big par, and he goes to the back nine tied for the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 9 (7 under overall, T-1)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 195 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:06 a.m. ET): Tiger goes 7-iron here, and that’s not good. This fade lingers and the ball catches the bunker short and right. Good news is plenty of green to work with from there and he’s got a clean lie and is not up against the face. Still not an easy up and down, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:10 a.m. ET): That’s pretty nicely done. Tiger blasts this out 15 feet short and it runs to within 4 feet of the cup. A great chance for a par save.

ON THE GREEN (11:13 a.m. ET): Walks it in! Actually added in a little dip to his walk-in if that makes sense, a huge move of confidence. Big par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (7 under overall, solo third)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 403 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:55 a.m. ET): He looked a little concerned, but this ball finishes just fine on the right side of the fairway. Iron off the tee here. Oh, and by the way … Spieth and Schauffele have indeed both bogeyed the fifth and now Tiger is ONE back!!

APPROACH SHOT (11 a.m. ET): A 7-iron from 155 yards into the wind to a tucked right pin, means a safe play. Tiger executes perfectly left and below the pin and will have 25-30 feet for birdie. That would be to tie the lead.

ON THE GREEN (11:03 a.m. ET): That was always short, but he lags that up just fine a foot short of the hole. An easy par. You’ll take plenty of those on this day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (7 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 582 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:36 a.m. ET): A driver here and we were praying because OB is left and bunkers are right, and we are just fine! Tiger hits a significant fade that bounds past that bunker on the right and finishes in the fairway. This hole is into the wind, so very unlikely he’s far enough down here to go for this in two. Whatever the case, a great result.

APPROACH SHOT (10:43 a.m. ET): Oh wow! Tiger had 304 yards into the wind and he hits a beautiful 3-wood that actually finishes maybe 3-4 yards in front of the green. We were wrong, he went for this in two and it turns out perfectly. That pin is about 20 yards on, so this will be a 70-80 footer from just in front of the green over a huge ridge for eagle.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:47 a.m. ET): This was a putt of 94 feet from just in front of the green and this is a solid effort. He had to play that 10+ feet right over the slope and this ball runs about 6 feet past. That left for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (10:50 a.m. ET): OH. YES. Buries that dead center for birdie and he’s now within two. Spieth and Schauffele could both bogey five, too, which would put Tiger within one! EVERYBODY STAY CALM!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (7 under overall, solo third)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 427 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:25 a.m. ET): An iron off the tee and this is another beauty. It lands right-center and kicks well forward and left. It finishes on the left side of the fairway on this downwind hole. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (10:29 a.m. ET): This was maybe a yard from finishing 15 feet under the hole. But this ball lands at the top of the slope just below the cup, stops and then rolls back down. He’s still only left with a 30-35 foot putt, but it will be a tricky one up that rise. That was a pitching wedge from 166 yards downwind, by the way.

ON THE GREEN (10:33 a.m. ET): A fantastic lag there. It was actually 40 feet up that slope and he cozies this within a foot short of the cup. Tap-in par. Now he comes to a par 5 (albeit one that is playing quite difficult)

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (6 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 420 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:07 a.m. ET): Another driver into the wind here, and this is great. Lands just in the right rough, but kicks a bit left and finishes in the very thin first cut of rough. Just what you want. He looks good with that big stick again today.

APPROACH SHOT (10:14 a.m. ET): That actually looked to be in the fairway, and Tiger fashioned a nice 8-iron from 133 yards about 18 feet under the cup. As you can tell with that club from that yardage, it is quite windy, so 18 feet from that distance is really a nice shot.

ON THE GREEN (10:19 a.m. ET): Yes, sir! He rolls that dead center perfect speed and that’s a great early birdie to move within three. That was just a beautifully played hole and an important early birdie. Here. We. Go.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (6 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 335 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:54 a.m. ET): Not sure Tiger loved that iron off the tee, but that will do just fine. This one finds the right rough, should be OK from there. It’s a sucker front-left pin today over a burn, so this is no time for him to go birdie hunting even with a short-iron or wedge.

APPROACH SHOT (9:58 a.m. ET): From 128 yards downwind … that’s nice and safe. All you can ask for with that burn in front with a false front and downwind from rough, as this ball finishes 40-50 feet beyond the cup on the green.

ON THE GREEN (10:06 a.m. ET): Not a bad lag there for Tiger, who leaves this about 3 feet short and under the hole. He buries the remainder for another nervy early par. The conditions are getting really tough, folks. Yes, Tiger may want some birdies, but pars are not bad at all right now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (5 under overall, T-6)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 485 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:39 a.m. ET): A driver for TW here, and he likes it! He passes that first driver test as the ball just trickles into some very light rough on the left edge. That is well done.

APPROACH SHOT (9:47 a.m. ET): This 7-iron from 171 yards is tugged a bit, but the distance control is perfect. This ball finishes pin-high and maybe a yard off the green in fairway. Has 20-25 feet for birdie from there.

ON THE GREEN (9:50 a.m. ET): Not sure what that first putt was. He misses this one at least two balls left and races it by three feet. No harm done, though, as he cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (5 under overall, T-7)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 397 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:25 a.m. ET): An iron off the opening tee and that’s a solid one down the left side of the fairway. That will do. We are off, people!

APPROACH SHOT (9:32 a.m. ET): This is a 5-iron from 176 yards dead into a 20+ mph wind … and we are cooking already. Tiger lasers this one in about 10-12 left and below the hole. An opening birdie is most definitely in play now!

ON THE GREEN (9:36 a.m. ET): A good run at this one, but this right-to-left swinger just cuts across the hole at the end. Needed a tad more speed on that line. This ball finishes about 18 inches by. Tiger taps in for an opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (5 under overall, T-8)

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Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 9:25 a.m. ET, and yes he has arrived in Sunday red. While we wait for his round to start, here’s a look back at his amazing Saturday:

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