Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 68

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 68

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 68

Tiger Woods will enter Sunday out of contention.

The 42-year-old fired his first bogey-free round in competition in three years Saturday, as he put together a 3-under 68 in the third round of The Northern Trust. But he is still far from contention, and this could’ve been a whole lot better with some adequate putting.

Still, it was an interesting day.

We followed Woods’ third round, shot by shot, below:

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 472 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:27 a.m. ET): That’s a perfect driver down the left-center of the fairway. That big stick has been a weapon these last two days. Amazing he’s this far back considering how he’s hitting the driver.

APPROACH SHOT (11:33 a.m. ET): Great shot! He gets this one from 160 yards to stop about 7 feet right of the cup. Let us see if he can end on a good putt for birdie and 68.

ON THE GREEN (11:40 a.m. ET): Got it! Nice finish there. But man, this round could have been much, much better than this. Tiger’s first bogey-free round of the year despite a cold putter.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under 68 (3 under overall, T-46)

Hole No. 17: Par 5, 590 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:09 a.m. ET): That’s a pretty driver launched down the right-center of the fairway. He’ll be able to go for the green in two from there.

APPROACH SHOT (11:15 a.m. ET): And that is terrible. A huge pull that sees Tiger drop his club at the end of his follow through. We’ve seen that a few times today. So, no good. This misses the green well left from 280 yards. That’ll leave him with a lengthy pitch, short-sided. This could be a very difficult up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:21 a.m. ET): After moving some cables, Tiger attempts to play a big flop and it looks like he caught too much ball. That one flies a good 40 feet past the pin and rolls to the light rough. That’ll leave him some 50 feet or so for birdie. Par is no gimme. No good.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:22 a.m. ET): Tiger chips this one and this slippery shot rolls about 4 feet short of the cup. He has that left for par.

ON THE GREEN (11:24 a.m. ET): He rolls that in the right-center no problem. Where has THAT stroke been all day?

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 17 (2 under overall, T-54)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 426 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:56 a.m. ET): This driver … does a quick tee grab. Loves it. Pretty much right down the middle. Perfect in the right-center.

APPROACH SHOT (11:01 a.m. ET): Right on line but a bit short. Tiger liked it, but that ball is a good 20 feet short of the cup. Still, a mid-range-ish birdie putt upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (11:06 a.m. ET): Actually not a bad putt. That left-to-righter is hit just a bit too hard and curls just left of the cup. It was on a good line, though, with the right speed. This one goes about 3 feet by and he cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 16 (2 under overall, T-54)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 142 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:48 a.m. ET): The negative energy is working! Tiger fires this one right at the pin, twirls his club and sees the ball finish about 8 feet under the cup. That looks like a great position to putt from, a fantastic look at back-to-back birdies.

ON THE GREEN (10:53 a.m. ET): And we’re back to the putting woes. That actually looked pretty good, but the ball hit the right edge and lipped out. That’s easily one of his best-looking missed putts today as many have not been even close. But the frustrations continue just as he was building momentum.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 15 (2 under overall, T-53)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 426 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:36 a.m. ET): A fairway wood here for TW, and he doesn’t like it. This one goes left but just hangs onto the very left edge of the fairway. His ball is almost up against the rough, but it is indeed in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (10:39 a.m. ET): This one from 160 yards is pretty good. It finishes about 15-20 feet left and under the cup. That’ll leave another decent birdie look, although at this point we’re just going to assume he’ll miss.

ON THE GREEN (10:45 a.m. ET): Ha! And he decides to make that one, of course. That was a pure putt that moves him to 2 under. Apparently if we predict something bad, Tiger will do just the opposite. So we’re predicting a bogey-bogey-bogey-bogey finish (*wink*).

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 14 (2 under overall, T-53)

Hole No. 13: Par 5, 636 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:18 a.m. ET): Tiger spins out of that driver and that is WAY right. This goes toward the gallery, takes a huge hop and appears to go right into a fairway bunker far, far from the fairway. He actually almost went into another fairway on that drive.

SECOND SHOT (10:24 a.m. ET): That ball came to rest inches right of that bunker. He stands in the bunker with the ball above his feet and lays up with an iron. He does so just fine back into the fairway (the 13th fairway, yes). He should’ve got it down there far enough for a wedge third. So Tiger got away with that drive, really.

THIRD SHOT (10:27 a.m. ET): This wedge from 97 yards is solid. Tiger takes some spin off it and this ball finishes about 8-10 feet left and beyond the cup. Leaves another good look. If Tiger misses, that will be incredibly frustrating. So far, this is exactly like yesterday – a good number of birdie opportunities and missing almost all of them.

ON THE GREEN (10:32 a.m. ET): LaCava actually came in to help Tiger read this putt, and … this is just baffling. The ball starts maybe two cups left and doesn’t move at all. Just totally, totally off on a putt around 10 feet. These putts aren’t even close. Really frustrating.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 13 (1 under overall, T-60)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 275 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:09 a.m. ET): Tiger takes a fairway wood here and this one just comes up short at the drivable par 4. This ball ends up in the rough just short of the green. That shouldn’t be a tough chip/pitch from that upslope.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:12 a.m. ET): It’s tough to see where this ball is going off the tee. This actually found a bunker. Still, this wasn’t a tough shot and this is decent. Tiger lands this beyond the cup and it stops and inches a little closer. That leaves him 5-6 feet past the cup for birdie. That will be a very slippery putt. So a good look but he still has to be cautious.

ON THE GREEN (10:14 a.m. ET): Yeah that putter has been the nemesis this week. That left-to-righter snapped right under the hole. Didn’t even come close to touching the cup. Just brutal to watch. It’s a par, but a huge opportunity lost.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 12 (1 under overall, T-61)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 192 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:57 a.m. ET): He sawed that one off but it is just too much left. That ball lands in the front left greenside bunker. That will leave him about a 30-foot bunker shot that could be tough as it’s a little short-sided.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:01 a.m. ET): That tee shot actually ended up in the greenside rough. And wow what a chip … ALMOST holed it. Landed it 15 feet short of the hole and it races at the cup, hits the right-center of the cup and rims out. That came pretty close to hitting the center of the hole but had a lot of speed (this was going 5 feet by at least if it missed the cup) and thus failed to drop. It rims out to about 2 feet. He’ll tap in for par.

ON THE GREEN (10:04 a.m. ET): Yep, he makes that one for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 11 (1 under overall, T-59)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 487 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:42 a.m. ET): This is a driver that Tiger looks at for a while, but it is just fine. This finds the left side of the fairway. Tiger was looking at it because it was heading toward a left fairway bunker, but it came up 10 yards short of the bunker in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (9:48 a.m. ET): Tiger hates it. He drops the club in disgust on the follow through. This one from 218 yards was poor, but the ball ends up just in front of the green on the left. That’s in the fairway, and the pin is back-right. That should be a pretty simple 20-yard chip.

AROUND THE GREEN (9:53 a.m. ET): Tiger takes putter and that was a good idea. He lags this beautifully to about 2-3 feet below the cup. Should be a par.

ON THE GREEN (9:55 a.m. ET): Tiger rolls that right in. Easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 10 (1 under overall, T-57)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 468 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:28 a.m. ET): Tiger finally misses with the driver. This is a good deal right and finishes in the rough. Should be harmless in terms of a look at the green, just depends on the lie.

APPROACH SHOT (9:35 a.m. ET): A pretty good lie and Tiger is able to fashion a very nice one here. This ball lands a little short and right of the cup and rolls about 18 feet right of the cup. A great shot from over there.

ON THE GREEN (9:39 a.m. ET): Yeesh. That one starts right of the cup and sharply bends left well below the hole. This one missed low by a lot, a good 18 inches. Just terrible. He does two-putt for par, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 9 (1 under overall, T-58)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:14 a.m. ET): Another driver in the fairway. This is a beauty down the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (9:19 a.m. ET): A nice solid, shot here from TW that finishes 12-15 feet left of the cup. A third straight good birdie look. This is starting to feel familiar to yesterday, Tiger getting good birdie looks. Now will it be exactly the same – failing to take advantage of most? We’ll see. This could be an important putt.

ON THE GREEN (9:24 a.m. ET): That’s just weird. He started this at least a ball left of the cup and it didn’t break an inch. As we said, just odd. Good speed, but terrible line. This finishes inches left of the cup and is a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 8 (1 under overall, T-59)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 475 yards

OFF THE TEE (9 a.m. ET): A driver, and Tiger smokes this down the middle. Amazing how good he’s been with this club this week after being totally lost in recent weeks.

APPROACH SHOT (9:05 a.m. ET): That’s a little tugged, but that turns out just fine. This ball lands 15-20 feet left of the cup but starts curling right down a slope. This ball finishes about 10-12 feet left and beyond the cup. A good chance at back-to-back birdies.

ON THE GREEN (9:11 a.m. ET): That was a fast one and Tiger got aggressive, but that one misses left and runs about 4 feet past the cup. He does roll in the comebacker, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 7 (1 under overall, T-59)

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:52 a.m. ET): Tiger fires this one right over the flag, and this is a nice one that finishes about 12 feet beyond the cup. That will be a speedy, swinging putt but a decent birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (8:58 a.m. ET): BOOM! That actually wasn’t a big swinger like we thought. Tiger started that about left-edge it looked like and it held its line well as it barely moves right and drops in the center. That’s the birdie he needed.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 6 (1 under overall, T-59)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 447 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:39 a.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and this is launched down the right-center of the fairway. He has figured it out with that club. Of course the rest of his game has regressed this week, but that’s how golf goes.

APPROACH SHOT (8:44 a.m. ET): That one is just OK, this approach from 167 yards comes up 30-40 feet short and a bit left of the pin. It leaves a birdie putt and another probable two-putt par, but he hoped for better here.

ON THE GREEN (8:47 a.m. ET): Oh that was a good putt, but that swinging left-to-righter is justtt a tad too high. This putt curls around the left edge and trickles a foot by. A touch less speed and that falls in the left side for a birdie. A great stroke, though, and a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 5 (Even overall, T-73)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 444 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:27 a.m. ET): Tiger takes fairway wood, which actually seems unwise considering he’s hitting the driver more accurately, and wow it shows. He hates that swing, dropping the club on the follow through. This one is well left and goes a good 10-15 yards into the rough. Just a bad shot. If he gets an OK lie, though, he can get away with it.

APPROACH SHOT (8:30 a.m. ET): That lie was not very good, but Tiger muscles this one from about 170 yards just short of the green in the fairway. That’ll leave a 20-ish yard chip in front of the green. Not a hard up and down. By the way, Tiger’s drive was just yards from reaching a lateral (non-water) hazard. That tells you more about how rough his drive was.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:34 a.m. ET): Yep, Tiger made that look pretty easy. He plays a fairly simply chip that lands about 15 feet short of the cup and runs out to about 2 feet. Pretty much a formality here for par.

ON THE GREEN (8:36 a.m. ET): Yep, par. An OK start in Round 3 but nothing that will push him anywhere close to contention.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 4 (Even overall, T-72)

Hole No. 3: Par 5, 583 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:12 a.m. ET): Tiger finds the left side of the fairway here with driver. That big stick continues to work well, and he’ll have a chance to go at this in two with a second shot from 275+ yards.

APPROACH SHOT (8:16 a.m. ET): Tiger takes out a fairway wood, and that was average at best. This one falls off to the right and a decent deal short of the green. That may’ve got to the right rough and will leave him about a lengthy pitch. If he’s in the right fairway over there, this is very doable. If he’s in the rough, it depends on the lie.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:20 a.m. ET): Actually, that ball was on line and short. It came up 20 yards short of the hole and left Woods a pitch from the fairway over a knob to the hole. He played a low spinner that actually scared the hole but scurried about 8 feet by before stopping. Not bad, but far from stone dead. Still, a good early birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (8:24 a.m. ET): Seriously don’t know what he’s doing with the putter. That one was left of the hole the second it came off the putter face. That not only missed the hole left, it was a good couple balls left of the cup. Just brutal to watch. This runs 2 feet by and he does make par, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 3 (Even overall, T-72)

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 170 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:05 a.m. ET): This one is just OK. The ball finishes about 30 feet left and beyond the pin. A solid shot, but this does continue the issue of Tiger having trouble with getting his approaches close.

ON THE GREEN (8:09 a.m. ET): He comes close on that putt but it misses by inches. A simple two-putt par here.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (Even overall, T-70)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 380 yards

OFF THE TEE (7:52 a.m. ET): A 3-wood off the opening tee and this comes out a bit left. This trundles into the left rough. This continues an odd trend: Tiger having trouble hitting woods in the fairway but the driver is finding the short grass.

APPROACH SHOT (7:59 a.m. ET): Didn’t get a real good look at that lie, but Tiger comes up a little short on the approach. This ball finishes about 25 feet short of the hole in the fairway in front of the green. Should be a simple chip from there.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:01 a.m. ET): Not very good at all. This one comes up a good 5-6 feet short. That leaves him with a testy par putt to start. His work around the greens has been a bit mediocre at times this week.

ON THE GREEN (8:02 a.m. ET): Good. Tiger drains that par putt. A sloppy start but he does avoid a bogey. If he wants to hold onto the dream of contending, he’s really got to avoid those at all costs.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (Even overall, T-69)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 7:50 a.m. ET with Ian Poulter. Here’s a look back at his Friday:

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