Tiger Woods did not have a good Saturday at Firestone.
The 42-year-old struggled mightily, posting a 3-over 73 to drop from contention at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It was probably his worst showing in a round since his opening 78 at Shinnecock.
There wasn’t a lot to like Saturday, but we chronicled it all anyway. Catch up with what you may have missed from Tiger on Saturday here…
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 460 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:56 p.m. ET): A driver, and this is a nice one down the right-center of the fairway. He could be in position for a closing birdie.
APPROACH SHOT (5 p.m. ET): Well that was a laser! And a bit unlucky, too! He fires that one right at the flag from 116 yards, and it actually hits the pin on the first bounce and spins about 12 feet under the hole. If that misses the pin, that’s probably within 5 feet of the cup.
ON THE GREEN (5:06 p.m. ET): Nope, he misses right. That’s a two-putt par and a fitting end to a miserable round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-over 73 (3 under overall, T-28)
Hole No. 17: Par 4, 395 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:44 p.m. ET): That’s an iron off the tee, and it’s a good one. A beauty down the fairway. Let’s see if Tiger can finish strong to at least put some sort of positive on a dismal round.
APPROACH SHOT (4:48 p.m. ET): That is a nice smooth swing, and this one finishes about 20-25 feet beyond the hole. Solid shot there. Probably a better swing than the result, but still a decent birdie look.
ON THE GREEN (4:52 p.m. ET): That one was always a little low and left. That’s an easy two-putt par. On to 18.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over through 17 (3 under overall, T-28)
Hole No. 16: Par 5, 659 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:26 p.m. ET): And that is a huge block to the right with the driver. Yeah, that is absolutely no good and in the trees. We’ll have to see how that turns out angle-wise.
SECOND SHOT (4:33 p.m. ET): He had nothing from there. Tiger simply had to punch out and pushed this maybe 100-150 yards down the fairway. That leaves a third shot of 200+ yards probably. Maybe even 250.
THIRD SHOT (4:36 p.m. ET): That was Tiger’s best shot all day. A towering iron from 231 yards that just lands on the front of the green over water and rolls out to about 15 feet below the cup. If he had hit it like that all day, he would still be in this tournament.
ON THE GREEN (4:41 p.m. ET): And that one was always low and right. It’s an easy par, but Tiger’s misery continues.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over through 16 (3 under overall, T-28)
Hole No. 15: Par 3, 202 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:17 p.m. ET): And he tugs that tee shot into the left-front greenside bunker. It’s only getting worse, folks. OK that up and down doesn’t seem that tough, but he continues to look terrible.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:21 p.m. ET): This bunker shot was easier, but Tiger still knocks this one a good 8 feet by. He has that remaining to avoid three straight bogeys.
ON THE GREEN (4:24 p.m. ET): That was a nice stroke. Solid par here. Well he finally stops the bleeding, but this day has still been a disaster.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over through 15 (3 under overall, T-28)
Hole No. 14: Par 4, 473 yards
OFF THE TEE (4 p.m. ET): This 3-wood is just fine. Tiger lands it in the left side of the fairway and it rolls into the left intermediate. That’ll be all good over there. By the way, probably has to be a little frustrating for TW to play like this and to see his playing competitor (Marc Leishman) 4 under for the day. That’s the round Tiger needed today, but instead he’s made three bogeys and just one birdie.
APPROACH SHOT (4:08 p.m. ET): And that is a miss to the right for Tiger from 183 yards. Once again, an unforced error. No real reason to miss the green from there, but he does to the right.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:11 p.m. ET): That was a fried egg for Tiger, but he managed it very well as he gets this ball to finish about 8-10 feet right of the pin. From that lie, this would be a remarkable par save if he can get it.
ON THE GREEN (4:13 p.m. ET): Nope. Takes the right-to-left break and lips out on the left edge. That is another bogey for Tiger, and this has really been a rough Saturday. His most disappointing round in a long time.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over through 14 (3 under overall, T-28)
Hole No. 13: Par 4, 468 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:45 p.m. ET): That’s a massive driver down the left-center of the fairway. That is ideal right there, and he can probably go flag-hunting now.
APPROACH SHOT (3:52 p.m. ET): Awful. Tiger misjudges the wind from 147 yards and this flies over the back flag and over the green. It looks like it got into a back bunker. If it stopped in the rough, even worse. That was a great look Tiger had in there, and now he’s left himself an extremely difficult up and down, as he’s short-sided from below the green.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:55 p.m. ET): Absolutely the worst spot he could miss it in. He had an awkward sidehill lie and had to play a big flop and land this just on the back of the green and let it roll down. Catch it a little fat, and he’s still in the rough. Get it going a few feet beyond the pin and it catches a slope. Tiger predictably then, flops this one about 5 yards forward and leaves it in the rough short of the green. His second chip is easier, and he pokes this one to 18 inches. Still, that will be a brutal bogey.
ON THE GREEN (3:57 p.m. ET): Indeed, bogey. That’s a killer. Just when it seemed like he was gaining momentum to maybe salvage this round and give himself an outside chance heading into Sunday, he makes this unforced bogey. There’s no sugarcoating this one, that was bad.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 13 (4 under overall, T-22)
Hole No. 12: Par 3, 184 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:32 p.m. ET): That was a nice aggressive swing with a 7-iron. That one landed feet from the hole and bounded about 12 feet past. A nice birdie look coming from there.
ON THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): FINALLY! Tiger drains this one for his first birdie of the round. Well that’s nice to see. Of course it is quite likely too late to salvage his day, but we’ll see. He’s now seven back after that birdie, as Poulter bogeyed to drop to 12 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 12 (5 under overall, T-17)
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 414 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:18 p.m. ET): This 3-wood is a miss to the right and Tiger ends up in the rough over there. Not a good one after a few nice tee shots in a row previously.
APPROACH SHOT (3:22 p.m. ET): Kind of a gnarly lie there for Tiger, and he gouges this short right of the green. That actually leaves him a chip with plenty of green to work with to a back-left pin, but it’s more scrambling for him.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:25 p.m. ET): That was a really poor shot. Tiger doesn’t get this over a ridge in front of the hole, as this ball stops about 12 feet below the cup and rolls back down that ridge. Looks to be about 30 feet for par. That really wasn’t a tough chip, severely disappointing.
ON THE GREEN (3:27 p.m. ET): A decent putt, but it never really had a chance to drop. That’s a two-putt bogey, and barring a big turnaround in these last seven holes, Tiger’s chances at victory are dead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 11 (4 under overall, T-23)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 414 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:03 p.m. ET): That’s a 3-wood he looks at anxiously for a moment, but that turns out just fine. It lands and rolls a yard or two in the right side of the fairway. Good shot.
APPROACH SHOT (3:08 p.m. ET): A 9-iron from 140 yards and that was close to being perfect. Flew that maybe two yards too far, as the ball lands in the rough about 20 feet right and beyond the pin and tries to spin back but gets caught up. The good news is the lie is great from there, and this is holeable. The bad news is that this would’ve been probably within 5 feet if it had been hit a yard or two less.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:11 p.m. ET): Well, Tiger got aggressive on that holeable chip and it just missed the cup to the right. Unfortunately, his aggression meant this ball ran some 4 feet by. He now has that tester for par.
ON THE GREEN (3:13 p.m. ET): He walks that one right in. That bogey probably would’ve been the final nail in the coffin to his chances, so good par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 10 (5 under overall, T-18)
Hole No. 9: Par 4, 500 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:49 p.m. ET): A bit of a wait on this tee, but Tiger takes out driver and this is just fine. The ball lands in the right side of the fairway and bounds maybe 20 yards into the right intermediate. That’s solid. Maybe not as far down there as yesterday (when he hit 350+), but this is just what you want here.
APPROACH SHOT (2:53 p.m. ET): That’s a nice aggressive shot right there. He actually hits this one from 178 yards left of a left pin, and this one ends up about 15 feet from the hole. This has been a pretty rough front nine, but he has a chance to post an Even-par 35. If he can do that and make a few birdies on the back, he’ll have a chance heading into Sunday.
ON THE GREEN (2:59 p.m. ET): That one was never high enough, and it rolls right and under the hole. Just a terrible nine holes of golf. Tiger, now 8 back, probably needs to close in something like 30 or 31 on the back to be in contention heading into Sunday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 9 (5 under overall, T-18)
Hole No. 8: Par 4, 468 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:32 p.m. ET): Tiger with driver here, and this is a beauty mashed down the right side of the fairway. That’s 350+ and will leave him a wedge second. That was nice to see, Tiger needs something quickly. Otherwise, his dreams of a ninth title at Firestone will die.
APPROACH SHOT (2:38 p.m. ET): Tiger does take advantage here, landing this 10 feet below the pin, watching it hop forward and spinning it back to about 8 feet below the hole. That’s a perfect makeable leave for birdie. He really needs that to drop at the moment.
ON THE GREEN (2:41 p.m. ET): Nope. Tiger gets that too far out to the left, and it comes back too late as the ball just grazes by the left edge. A big missed opportunity there. Some chatter on social media that TW looks sick and/or stiff today. Not sure about, it’s dangerous to assume that kind of stuff. He just looks uncomfortable with his swing, which happens to the best of them. He’s been hinting his ball-striking has been off all week, now it’s really showing today.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 8 (5 under overall, T-19)
Hole No. 7: Par 3, 193 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:22 p.m. ET): Tiger gets this one just a little too far left. This one lands on the extreme left side of the green and trundles into the greenside rough. That looked like it dug down, too. He’s no more than 30-35 feet from the hole, but this could be a tricky chip. It depends on that lie.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:25 p.m. ET): A solid effort from here, as he barely gets this on the green by design and it runs out to about 5-6 feet short of the cup. That leaves a tricky putt, but not a bad look for par.
ON THE GREEN (2:29 p.m. ET): It finally catches up with Tiger. That putt (actually an 8-footer) stays out to the right and misses on that side. That’s a bogey, and Tiger just does not look good at all today. He’s now seven back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 7 (5 under overall, T-20)
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 466 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:11 p.m. ET): The driver here for TW, and this is pretty. He lands this one in the left intermediate, but this takes the left to right slope as expected and bounces forward and right into the center of the fairway. That was perfect.
APPROACH SHOT (2:15 p.m. ET): Tiger doesn’t like this one, but it’s at least safe. This ball lands about 25 feet left of the pin, and finishes there. So some 25-30 feet left for birdie. A good miss, but it’s still a miss after a great drive seemed to have him set up.
ON THE GREEN (2:19 p.m. ET): That was on a good line, but not enough speed. That’s about a foot short, and Tiger taps in from there for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 6 (6 under overall, T-15)
Hole No. 5: Par 3, 189 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:02 p.m. ET): An 8-iron for Tiger, and this one comes up short of the green. He seemed to like it, too, and it was on a good line, but it’s not to be. He’ll have to chip up from below the green, too, so not the easiest up and down.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:05 p.m. ET): He chips this into the bank in front of the green, and that is nifty. This one bounces and rolls about 2-3 feet left and beyond the cup. He should roll that in for another par. This has been a masterclass in scrambling thus far.
ON THE GREEN (2:08 p.m. ET): He buries that in the back of the cup. Pretty save. But he needs to sort this out and start making birdies if he wants to be in this Sunday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 5 (6 under overall, T-15)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 479 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:49 p.m. ET): His drive down the left side here is pretty good and ends up just fine, a little over 300 yards and in the left intermediate. That’s no problem and leaves him a good look in.
APPROACH SHOT (1:52 p.m. ET): This second from about 175 yards is the tiniest bit left but a good shot. The ball lands just below hole-high and about 20 feet from the flag and sticks there. A little surprising that stuck right there as that one came in screaming a little low, but hey we’ll take it. A decent birdie look from there.
ON THE GREEN (1:56 p.m. ET): A decent putt, but Tiger misses this maybe six inches to the right. Good speed, though, means that this just got to the hole and leaves him that six-inch tap-in. His first easy par today.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 4 (6 under overall, T-14)
Hole No. 3: Par 4, 428 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:35 p.m. ET): Not sure what club Tiger used, but his tee shot clipped trees left early and went less than 150 yards. He’s going to have to lay up from there. His misery tee to green continues.
SECOND SHOT (1:39 p.m. ET): A good recovery, but all he can do is get this to the fairway and within 100 yards of the hole. So this will be a wedge third.
THIRD SHOT (1:42 p.m. ET): That’s the way to save par after a horrible drive. That is a beauty that lands maybe 2 feet in front of the hole, bounces some 5 feet beyond and lightly spins back within 3 feet. Barring an odd stroke here, this will be a great par save. Good stuff, but it’s unlikely Tiger can keep up these par saves all day. And the course may be playing a little tougher today, but you still need birdies.
ON THE GREEN (1:46 p.m. ET): Yep, he rolls that right in. This is a par-par-par start, but it feels like it could be easily worse. So some great grinding from Tiger to avoid a bad start that would take him out of this. Now let’s see if he can turn his tee-to-green game around and make a good round out of this.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 3 (6 under overall, T-16)
Hole No. 2: Par 5, 517 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:19 p.m. ET): A driver from Tiger, and those woes continue. He hits this one way left into the gallery. Unless he gets pretty lucky, it’s going to be a lay up from there. It’s definitely been a frustrating week for TW with the big stick.
SECOND SHOT (1:23 p.m. ET): Tiger did have an angle out of there, but was way too far back having to play a snap-hook to go for this green in two. Instead, he plays a hook with an iron to get this into a nice lay-up position. He does that just fine, as this finishes in the left side of the fairway. He’ll have a wedge third from there.
THIRD SHOT (1:26 p.m. ET): This one from 130 yards is terrible again. He tries to draw one in but quits on the follow through and this one ends up some 40 feet right and below the hole. Really poor approaches so far. If that continues, this will be a rough day.
ON THE GREEN (1:31 p.m. ET): He leaves that first putt some 4 feet short, and that didn’t look good, but he does clean up the remainder for par. A par-par start, but it feels worse considering how easy the second is and how poorly Woods has struck the ball so far today. Again, if Tiger fans want a raucous Saturday, they have to hope he’s just getting warmed up and his tee-to-green game will flip soon.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (6 under overall, T-13)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 399 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:06 p.m. ET): It’s driving iron for TW and this is way better than yesterday. This ball goes down the left side of the fairway and is in fine position, especially with a front-right pin.
APPROACH SHOT (1:12 p.m. ET): That was just a bad shot. He had a perfect angle from 132 yards and lands this 25 feet left of the pin and short, and it spins off a false front and funnels back some 10 yards below and short of the green. Just a terrible result on a green-lighter of an approach.
AROUND THE GREEN (1:14 p.m. ET): After that horrid shot, Woods doesn’t compound the error. He chips this about 6-7 feet below the hole, a pretty good shot from there. A good chance to save par.
ON THE GREEN (1:16 p.m. ET): Makes it. Good save. An alarming approach, but everything else on that hole was solid. Tiger liked his putting stroke yesterday, too, and that one looked smooth. So that’s a good sign.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (6 under overall, T-14)
Tiger tees off at 1:05 p.m. ET. Here’s a preview of his Saturday while we wait: