Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 66

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 66

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' Saturday 66

Tiger Woods got some birdies rolling Saturday at TPC Boston, as he fired a bogey-free 5-under 66 to move from T-57 to T-21.

He’ll enter the final 36 holes seven off the lead.

We followed his second round, shot by shot. Catch up with everything below:

Hole No. 18: Par 5, 527 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:45 p.m. ET): Tiger is so in tune with his driver today, that he leans on this one and indicates not liking it, yet it lands in the left side of the fairway, kicks left into intermediate rough and takes a left-to-right slope to finish 300 yards down there in the left side of the fairway. That’s great despite his body language. He will absolutely go for this in two.

APPROACH SHOT (5:52 p.m. ET): This was inches from hanging onto the back of the green, as this cut lands on the front of the green and rolls all the way to the back. This one just reaches the back edge and goes down a swale. Instead of 40-50 feet for eagle, he’ll have a 20-yard pitch from over the green. It’s not a simple pitch but still doable.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:58 p.m. ET): Tiger decided to putt that, somewhat surprisingly. This wasn’t a great effort, as this barely got over a slope and finishes about 12 feet left of the hole. If it didn’t get over that slope, he’d have a 20-footer. Still, not a bad look for 65.

ON THE GREEN (6:02 p.m. ET): Nope. That was a good putt, but it leaked right at the end, hit the right lip and carried on. That’s a 66.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-under 66 (4 under overall, T-21)

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 412 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:30 p.m. ET): He takes iron, and this is perfect down the left side of the fairway. It’s great to see him in the short grass so much.

APPROACH SHOT (5:36 p.m. ET): And that is a pretty pitching wedge. Tiger lands this about 6-7 feet right and under the cup, it hops forward and then spins back basically over the original pitch mark. So it’s 7-8 feet for birdie. Another great look.

ON THE GREEN (5:39 p.m. ET): Yes! He drains that putt and that is huge. That birdie puts him 5 under on the day with a par 5 to play. If he can finish birdie-birdie, he’s five back starting the final 36.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under through 17 (4 under overall, T-21)

Hole No. 16: Par 3, 175 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:18 p.m. ET): That one is fine, nothing special. This ball finishes about 30 feet right of the cup. Should be a two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (5:25 p.m. ET): That was always low and left, but it’s a solid lag. That was a fast, curling putt and he leaves that 2-3 feet left and under the hole. He rolls in the comebacker for a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 16 (3 under overall, T-27)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 425 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:05 p.m. ET): Guess what? Another fairway. That is down the right-center and he’ll have a wedge second.

APPROACH SHOT (5:09 p.m. ET): Another pretty one! He flights this pitching wedge from 130 yards and this ball lands 10-15 feet below the hole, hops forward and comes to a halt 6-7 feet under the cup. Right under the hole, too, perfect position for back-to-back birdie.

ON THE GREEN (5:14 p.m. ET): And that was tough to watch. It looked like it was heading toward the right side of the cup the whole way but just trailed off at the end, caught the right lip and rimmed out. Man, that was a great birdie opportunity missed right there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 15 (3 under overall, T-27)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 502 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:47 p.m. ET): We’re back to fairways, as this 3-wood lands in the left side of the fairway and rolls about 50 yards and finishes in the left-center. That’s 300+ down there and ideal.

APPROACH SHOT (4:56 p.m. ET): That 7-iron is hung out a little to the right and this ball finishes on the back fringe about 25-30 feet right of the cup just past hole-high. Not bad, should be another par.

ON THE GREEN (4:59 p.m. ET): Oh wow! Tiger snakes that one in for birdie. It looked like it had a chance the whole way and drops in the left side of the cup. That was beautiful. Another birdie, and this is turning into a real good day. If he can make a couple more and get in with 65, he’ll be in solid position entering the weekend.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 14 (3 under overall, T-27)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 434 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:30 p.m. ET): That’s a rare miss for Tiger. That driver misses the fairway right by a few yards and is in the rough. Shouldn’t be too bad there, though.

APPROACH SHOT (4:36 p.m. ET): Tiger hit this one solid from 148 yards, landed it in front of the green and you expected it to hop forward. But the ball maybe hopped forward a yard and stayed in the fairway. He’s about 5 yards in front of the green, maybe 30 feet from the hole. He could absolutely putt this. This is a pretty simple up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:40 p.m. ET): That was a little more frisky than we wished. That looked like it would cozy up a foot or so past the cup but just kept trickling until it went about 5 feet past. That’ll leave a speedy one back for par.

ON THE GREEN (4:44 p.m. ET): OK, good par. This falls in the right side. That would’ve been a bad bogey. Momentum remains.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 13 (2 under overall, T-32)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 510 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:14 p.m. ET): Tiger roasts one 300+ down the right side of the fairway. This is just a clinic off the tee.

APPROACH SHOT (4:19 p.m. ET): Honestly, that was unlucky. He landed this basically pin-high 3-4 feet left of the cup and this takes a big hop forward and just trickles to the back edge and then catches a ridge down into a collection area left of the green. If that takes a normal bounce on the landing, Tiger probably has about 15 feet for birdie. Now, he’s scrambling.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:23 p.m. ET): Tiger actually takes putter, and this fantastic touch. This one goes up that slope onto the green and then finishes 2-3 feet right of the cup. Should be a par.

ON THE GREEN (4:28 p.m. ET): Yep, no problem. Another nice par save. If he stays bogey-free through the next two holes and can make a couple late birdies in a gettable stretch, he will be in decent position heading into the weekend.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 12 (2 under overall, T-30)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 235 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:01 p.m. ET): That 5-iron comes up short. This one lands just right and in front of the green in the rough. The pin is 27 yards on, so that’ll leave him a roughly 30-yard chip or pitch with a ton of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:07 p.m. ET): That was only OK. This high pitch lands past the cup (Tiger played it this way to avoid a ridge in front of the hole) and it finishes 10-12 feet past. This will leave a treacherous and important par putt.

ON THE GREEN (4:09 p.m. ET): OH. YES. That was in the whole way and dove in the right side of the cup. That’s a HUGE par save there, especially with this being the start of a tough four-hole stretch.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 11 (2 under overall, T-30)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 421 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:45 p.m. ET): That was the 5-wood it looks like, and Tiger gets this down the right side of the fairway. That is pretty. WAY better than yesterday here (dead pull that ended in penalty stroke).

APPROACH SHOT (3:50 p.m. ET): There we go! A pitching wedge from 136 yards, and this one lands about 10-12 feet right over the hole and spins back to 5 feet beyond the cup. That is a fantastic birdie look. Those are the approaches we need to see more of from Tiger, especially with how often he’s in the fairway.

ON THE GREEN (3:56 p.m. ET): Yeah, baby! Drops that right in, and that’s a big birdie. He’s now eight of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 10 (2 under overall, T-30)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 472 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:28 p.m. ET): Believe that was driver again, and that is another rope down the right side of the fairway. He is doing well in easier conditions today, but it is still somewhat frustrating to see him nine off the lead considering how flush he’s hitting it with the big stick.

APPROACH SHOT (3:35 p.m. ET): This is 7-iron from 182 yards and that is hung out to the right but finishes harmlessly some 30-35 feet right and under the hole. Not bad, but his mediocre approach play continues. Not capitalizing on great drives.

ON THE GREEN (3:41 p.m. ET): That putt was always well right, as Tiger gave that way too much break. That’s good speed, though, and that ball finishes 2 feet away. He cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 9 (1 under overall, T-44)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:18 p.m. ET): A 6-iron here, and … he hates it. That was putrid. It comes up a good 15 yards short and right in the rough. That pin is front-right, so this could be a very tough up and down. May have to play a flop over rough to get this close.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:23 p.m. ET): Well, Tiger did have to play that over a hump of rough, but just had to play a higher pitch rather than a flop. Still, this was delicate, as he tried to land this in the fairway between the rough and green, and does beautifully. This land and rolls out to about 3-4 feet under the cup. Good chance to save par.

ON THE GREEN (3:25 p.m. ET): That was a pure putt. He actually had to give that a soft stroke and the ball broke perfectly to the left into the center. Nice par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 8 (1 under overall, T-41)

Hole No. 7: Par 5, 582 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:59 p.m. ET): Another driver smoked down the fairway. That is beautiful to watch.

APPROACH SHOT (3:09 p.m. ET): From 284 yards … and that is pretty good. This ball finishes just in front of the green, maybe a yard or two. That’ll leave him about 100 feet for eagle if he chooses to putt it.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:13 p.m. ET): He actually chipped that and Tiger cozies this about 4 feet from the cup. That’s pretty nice and we’ll have a good look at birdie.

ON THE GREEN (3:15 p.m. ET): Got it! That’s a textbook birdie right there, and Tiger is under par for the first time all tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 7 (1 under overall, T-39)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 449 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:43 p.m. ET): That is just freakin’ perfect. Just hits a perfect one down the right side of the fairway (taking on a bunker with no fear) and that one bounds about 30 yards forward and into basically the center of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (2:48 p.m. ET): Kind of odd as Tiger yells for this to go hard, but it lands some 20 feet beyond and right of the hole and trickles to about 25 feet. Not a bad shot, but from 137 yards that’s only decent. It’s probably another two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (2:53 p.m. ET): That was on a good line, but this comes up 6 inches short. If he hit that a little harder, that might’ve snuck in the right side of the cup. We’ll never know. Another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 6 (Even overall, T-49)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 456 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:28 p.m. ET): That is a beautiful driver down the right side of the fairway. He continues to hit that thing with impunity.

APPROACH SHOT (2:33 p.m. ET): Brutally close to being really good. This ball lands about 25 feet beyond the cup and finishes on top of a slope beyond the hole. If this ball stops a foot shorter, it takes that slope and starts trickling back toward the hole, probably getting within 10 feet. Now, he has an extremely slippery 25-footer for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (2:38 p.m. ET): Man, that was a good. Brutally fast, breaking several feet left to right and that was heading toward the right side of the cup … and it’s a power lip-out. A fraction more left and that drops for a fantastic birdie. Instead back-to-back lip-outs and another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 5 (Even overall, T-48)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 296 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:12 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood here and he likes it. This one lands and finishes a few yards short of the green and just trickles into the left rough. He’ll have a roughly 30-yard pitch with plenty of green to work with. This is a chance to redeem his poor pitch at No. 2.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): He actually had to play a high shot over a ridge and bunker, and this is pretty nice as this one lands a couple feet short and left of the cup and runs about 8 feet by. That’ll leave him a pretty nice look for back-to-back birdies.

ON THE GREEN (2:24 p.m. ET): Tiger seemed to hit it where he wanted, but that takes a right break he doesn’t see, hits the right side of the cup and lips out. He really thought he had that one, but it runs two feet by and he cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 4 (Even overall, T-47)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 178 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:57 p.m. ET): That is beautiful execution. Tiger lands this on the front of the green, just carrying on, some 15 feet left of the hole and let’s the cut spin and minor slope push this closer. This ball trickles to about 10 feet left of the cup. Definitely his best birdie look early in this round.

ON THE GREEN (2:04 p.m. ET): Nice! That was slippery, but Tiger was walking it in with a foot left in the putt at least. Great birdie. The cutline is +2, so this give Woods even more cushion there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 3 (Even overall, T-47)

Hole No. 2: Par 5, 553 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:38 p.m. ET): A bit of a wait here, but Tiger does find the fairway here on the left side. That makes the hole longer with the angle (dogleg right), he’ll have about 250 yards in for his second. But he can go for this one in two.

APPROACH SHOT (1:45 p.m. ET): Another long wait, Tiger takes out fairway wood and tries to play a high cut into this green. It doesn’t cut enough, but that’s the good miss. This ball harmlessly finishes left of the green. It’s in the fairway almost pin-high. It leaves an interesting but doable 25-yard chip/pitch for eagle.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:50 p.m. ET): That was terrible. He plays a bump-and-run on this pitch and this ball rolls and stops about 20 feet short of the cup. Really just awful, even a mediocre pitch and you’re within 10 feet of the cup. Unless he drains this 20-footer, that is a great birdie opportunity missed.

ON THE GREEN (1:52 p.m. ET): Not a bad putt, but this one misses the hole just to the left. Seemed like he struck it well, just a little bit off. It’s a par, and certainly a disappointing one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (1 over overall, T-57)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 365 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:18 p.m. ET): Tiger hits this one down the left side of the fairway, and that will be just fine. Took less than driver here because there’s no need for the big stick on this hole. He’ll have about 100 yards for his approach.

APPROACH SHOT (1:23 p.m. ET): That wedge shot is just OK. This one finishes a bit long and right of the hole, maybe some 20 feet. It’s a decent birdie look, but he was looking for much better than 20 feet for birdie with a wedge in from the fairway.

ON THE GREEN (1:28 p.m. ET): Good effort, but that slides by and rolls about 2 feet past. He cleans up from there for a ho-hum opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (1 over overall, T-58)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 1:16 p.m. ET. In the meantime, here’s a look back at his opening round…

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