Tiger Woods couldn’t quite get enough birdies Sunday at TPC Boston, as his 3-under 68 likely has him out of contention.
He reached the clubhouse in a tie for 16th at 7 under and six back, although he’ll probably be further away by day’s end. All in all, Woods would need to probably get somewhere around 16 under to win this tournament, which would mean a Monday 62.
Still, it was not a bad round. In fact, he moved up the leaderboard. Woods can still post a high finish even if winning doesn’t seem totally realistic.
We followed his third round, shot by shot. Look back on that below:
Hole No. 18: Par 5, 531 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:32 p.m. ET): This fairway wood is launched down the right side of the fairway. That’s 300+ and he’ll have an iron second into this par 5. Almost a must-birdie at least. There are no excuses if he makes par from there.
APPROACH SHOT (3:35 p.m. ET): After watching Bryson DeChambeau knock his approach to tap-in eagle range, Tiger takes 6-iron from 219 yards … and this is meh. It was on the right line, but this lands a few yards short of the green in a fairway bowl and stays there. That’ll leave him a 20-yard chip with a ridge 10 feet in front of the pin. Not a simple chip at all. But if he’s precise here, the up and down can be done. We said no excuses, par here is putrid.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:39 p.m. ET): That was ALMOST a magical finish. Tiger hit a beauty of a bump and run that was going right at the cup and looked like it would drop, but it just snaked right and under the hole at the last second. So close to a chip-in eagle to close. But that scurries maybe a foot past. That will be tap-in birdie to finish.
ON THE GREEN (3:40 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for birdie. That’s a 68 that could’ve been significantly better. He’s six back at the moment and will likely be 8-9 back by day’s end. If Tiger can go extremely low tomorrow, he has a chance. But if we’re being realistic, he may want to shoot for a top 10 tomorrow.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under 68 (7 under overall, T-16)
Hole No. 17: Par 4, 412 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:17 p.m. ET): Iron off the tee here and this is right down the fairway. No problems.
APPROACH SHOT (3:20 p.m. ET): That was poor. Just terrible. He misses this green right into the rough. Now he has to hope for par over there. It’ll be a quick chip downhill.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:23 p.m. ET): That’s pretty well done. Tiger nearly holed that, having to land the ball just on the green and let the downhill slope take it all the way to the hole. This just misses the cup on the right as it goes by. He’ll have a 4-footer left for par.
ON THE GREEN (3:27 p.m. ET): He needed to get that in the left side of the cup to drop, but it does. The lead looks like it’ll be around 14 under by day’s end. So Tiger has to hope for eagle here on 18 to get within any striking distance. A par would be a killer on this closing par 5.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 17 (6 under overall, T-22)
Hole No. 16: Par 3, 152 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:06 p.m. ET): Well, we might be in business! This one finishes 7 feet right and beyond the cup. That could be a tricky putt, though, and fast. But that would be a big birdie if he can get it.
ON THE GREEN (3:12 p.m. ET): And that putt was always left. Disappointing par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 16 (6 under overall, T-20)
Hole No. 15: Par 4, 421 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:55 p.m. ET): What was that? Tiger flails this one to the right, and not exactly sure where that ended up. It’s not in the fairway, that’s for sure. We’ll have more info soon.
APPROACH SHOT (2:58 p.m. ET): After that interesting drive, Tiger does just fine. He goes right at this pin and this ball finishes on the back fringe. That leaves him about 15 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (3:03 p.m. ET): This putt fails to drop. But he cozies it up for par. That’s fine. But Tiger has to be looking at a pair of birdies coming in. If he gets in at 8 under, he should have an outside chance going into Monday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 15 (6 under overall, T-20)
Hole No. 14: Par 4, 490 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:38 p.m. ET): Some carryover effect here. He hates this driver immediately and this one finishes well into the left rough. It’ll basically depend on the lie, which looks OK on first glance.
APPROACH SHOT (2:42 p.m. ET): This is a 9-iron from 184 yards is actually too much club. Tiger lands this on the back half of the green and this trundles into rough over the green. This leaves him a roughly 20-25 yard chip to a right pin. He’s got plenty of green to work with from there, so this very doable. It is delicate, though.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:48 p.m. ET): That was interesting but turns out fine. This one lands just on the green some 30 feet short of the hole and this rolls to about 8 feet left and under the cup. This is an important par putt.
ON THE GREEN (2:50 p.m. ET): It took a par putt for Tiger to finally get them to start dropping again. This one hits the left side of the cup and drops. That’s important. He can still finish with a couple of birdies and feasibly still have a chance going into tomorrow. A bogey here would’ve really stilted that.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 14 (6 under overall, T-20)
Hole No. 13: Par 4, 463 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:23 p.m. ET): This driver is nice down the right side of the fairway. It’s pretty amazing how many opportunities Tiger has missed with poor approaches or missed putts over these three days and he’s still in this tournament. That shows how well he’s driving it. If he can put it all together, this comeback is going to step up a notch.
APPROACH SHOT (2:28 p.m. ET): Tiger cuts off the follow through a bit on that pitching wedge from 158 yards, and not sure why. This ball lands and finishes about 20 feet short of the cup. This was right on line but just not long enough. Still not a bad look, though.
ON THE GREEN (2:33 p.m. ET): And there’s the big mistake. Tiger’s speed is just off today, as he keeps hitting putts way too hard. That one was always left and he runs it a good 4 feet by. This time, he doesn’t make the comebacker. This one grazes the left edge and runs 3 feet by. He does make that for bogey. But we said Tiger continuing to give himself so many stressful comebackers was going to bite him. It finally does here. Tiger’s streak of 33 straight bogey-free holes is broken.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 13 (6 under overall, T-21)
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 510 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:10 p.m. ET): Another fairway hit, as this is 300 yards down the right side. He’ll have 200+ in for his approach.
APPROACH SHOT (2:14 p.m. ET): That is a laser. This 5-iron lands 40 feet short of the cup and rolls all the way inside 10 feet under and right of the hole. This is an even better look than what he had on No. 11. Tiger is making this tough Nos. 11-14 stretch look simple right now.
ON THE GREEN (2:21 p.m. ET): Tiger is visibly frustrated after that one. That is another lip-out. This really came down to bad speed. This was a right-to-lefter that hit the right lip and continued past about 3 feet. If this was hit with less speed, it would’ve curled left into the cup. He does make the comebacker for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 12 (7 under overall, T-16)
Hole No. 11: Par 3, 201 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:58 p.m. ET): This 5-iron is aggressive, as Tiger hits this one just right of a right pin, and this is real good. The ball lands, stops quickly and finishes about 12 feet right and beyond the cup. That looks like a slippery putt, but on a tough hole that’s a more-than-acceptable look.
ON THE GREEN (2:05 p.m. ET): Good putt, but it doesn’t drop. That 12-footer was a tough read and it just hangs out left of the cup. Too bad, as that would’ve been a great birdie. The lead is now 12 under, so Tiger has fallen five behind. If we’re being honest, Tiger probably has to be around 10 under overall by day’s end to have a realistic chance heading into Monday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 11 (7 under overall, T-16)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 430 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:41 p.m. ET): That 5-wood is perfect down the middle of the fairway. Although he’s 4-of-8 in fairways hit today, his mastery off the tee has continued today. He’s 4-of-6 after a rough opening pair of drives and really should be 5-of-6, as that driver on the ninth deserved to be in the fairway. He continues to hit the driver beautifully.
APPROACH SHOT (1:47 p.m. ET): This pitching wedge from 154 yards is safely to the right. This one finishes about 25 feet right of the cup. That’s just fine, although not his best swing. That pin is a bit tucked left, but he absolutely could’ve been more aggressive here.
ON THE GREEN (1:52 p.m. ET): Not sure what happened there. Tiger raced that a good 4 feet past for really no reason. It wasn’t a tricky putt, he just hit it way too hard. The ball missed right and went on by. He does nail the comebacker for par. Still, he’s leaving himself a lot of testers. That eventually will catch up to him if it continues.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 10 (7 under overall, T-13)
Hole No. 9: Par 4, 460 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:25 p.m. ET): Tiger liked that driver, but this actually misses the fairway. This one lands in the right-center, but with this being a dogleg left, the big kick forward actually means this heads toward the right rough and it does just get in there. It seemed to nestle down in there, too. We’ll see. Kind of unlucky, as that was a good swing.
APPROACH SHOT (1:32 p.m. ET): Yeah, Tiger got shafted on that drive. His ball ended up in a brutal lie just two yards off the fairway. He hacks out of there, and this one comes out dead and finishes about 10 yards short of the green. He’ll have about a 50-foot chip/pitch for birdie with nothing but fairway and green in front of him. Not the easiest, but an up and down for par is doable.
AROUND THE GREEN (1:35 p.m. ET): Tiger chips this one about 4-5 feet left of the cup. That’s nice and solid from there. Good chance for par.
ON THE GREEN (1:37 p.m. ET): He hits that firmly right in the center. Good. That would’ve been a brutal bogey and undeserved after incredible bad luck on the drive. Anyway, that’s a nice front nine with that par. Tiger is now on a 30-hole bogey-free streak.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 9 (7 under overall, T-15)
Hole No. 8: Par 3, 219 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:15 p.m. ET): Tiger doesn’t like this one, as he motions it going left immediately. But the distance control is perfect, as this one lands on the front left section of the green and rolls into the left center about pin-high. The pin is right-center, and Tiger will have about 35 feet for birdie. All in all, a great place to miss.
ON THE GREEN (1:21 p.m. ET): Tiger can’t get that putt high enough, and this one slides right of the cup by about a foot. Great speed, though, so he just taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 8 (7 under overall, T-10)
Hole No. 7: Par 5, 573 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:56 p.m. ET): We have another driver, and this is blasted down the center. After missing his first two fairways today, Tiger has gotten right back on track with his driving. He has missed just one fairway since, and the driver continues to be a weapon for him.
APPROACH SHOT (1:01 p.m. ET): Tiger lashes at a long iron here and this is decent. He does let this one hang a little right from 250+ yards, but this ball lands in front of the green and just bounces on to the right edge of the surface. He’s putting for eagle! It’ll be 75 feet or so for eagle, but still.
ON THE GREEN (1:08 p.m. ET): A long eagle putt for Tiger, and this is a pretty nice lag. His first putt comes up about 3 feet short. He then cleans up for a nice two-putt birdie. With that, Tiger is now in the top 10.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 7 (7 under overall, T-7)
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 454 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:42 p.m. ET): This driver for Tiger is just a little too far left. It actually lands in the left edge of the short grass, but this fairway slopes a little right-to-left and this shot didn’t have quite the cut Woods was looking for, so it bounds into the left rough. Pin on this hole is right, so that’s not a bad miss at all. He was only off by a couple of yards and still has a nice angle in.
APPROACH SHOT (12:48 p.m. ET): That’ll be harmless. Tiger lands this one from the rough about 30-35 feet short of the hole. Surprisingly, the ball basically sticks right there rather than jumping forward. Still, that’s a birdie putt and should be a two-putt par.
ON THE GREEN (12:53 p.m. ET): Tiger took a good run at this one, but he didn’t see a right break at the end that saw this ball snap under the hole. He actually got frisky with that one, too, as he knocked it a good 3-4 feet by. But he has no problem on the par comebacker.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 6 (6 under overall, T-11)
Hole No. 5: Par 4, 470 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:30 p.m. ET): He goes driver here, and he likes it immediately. This one lands in the right-center of the fairway and bounces forward and right. It actually reaches the intermediate rough but then curls back in to the extreme right side of the fairway. That’s the type of swing we saw a lot of the first two days.
APPROACH SHOT (12:35 p.m. ET): A 9-iron from 166 yards, and THAT is the approach after a great drive he’s needed more of this week. Lands this perfectly 10 feet right and under the flag, this hops forward and stops and spins left quickly and ends up about 3 feet below the hole. A 98 percent chance he makes birdie here now. Just a perfect approach.
ON THE GREEN (12:40 p.m. ET): Never a doubt. That rolls in the right-center and that was just a textbook birdie right there. Tiger is now 5 off the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 5 (6 under overall, T-11)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 285 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:19 p.m. ET): That looked like the 3-wood, and that’s solid. He lands this about 10 yards in front of the green into the upslope and this barely moves forward and goes back down the slope and a bit left. This will leave an interesting chip over rough left of the green to a pin front-left. He’ll likely have to play a mini-flop to get this close. But it’s far from an impossible shot, and he’s in the fairway. A decent chance for an up and down for birdie.
AROUND THE GREEN (12:23 p.m. ET): That was pretty interesting. Tiger actually played a low chip just on the edge of that rough corner and this bounds forward and rolls about 6 feet below the cup. A pretty nice leave and a good look at birdie from there.
ON THE GREEN (12:26 p.m. ET): The lip-outs from Saturday continue. This one really didn’t deserve to drop as he hit it too hard and with not enough break. This left-to-right putt hit the right edge with too much speed, lipped out and scurried on about 18 inches. He taps in from there for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 4 (5 under overall, T-26)
Hole No. 3: Par 3, 189 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:06 p.m. ET): The good news: Tiger is on the green. The bad news: It’s going to be a LONNNNNNNNNNG birdie putt. Tiger pulled this tee shot and this went way left of the pin and just reached the green. With the pin middle-right, this may leave him 100 feet for birdie. Would be a heck of a two-putt.
AROUND THE GREEN (12:09 p.m. ET): That ball actually came off the front of the green really late and left him a chip a couple yards in front of the green. That’s fine, though, as Woods chips this about 3 feet short of the cup. That is nifty, and Tiger should make par.
ON THE GREEN (12:11 p.m. ET): This is rolled right in for par. Good stuff. He now has a drivable par 4 coming.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 3 (5 under overall, T-24)
Hole No. 2: Par 5, 545 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:49 a.m. ET): That’s a driver and Tiger does not like it. This is a big miss to the left and it actually appeared to reach the gallery over there. That could leave him with a great lie. But unless it’s really good, he’ll have to lay up from there, as water fronts this green.
SECOND SHOT (11:53 a.m. ET): It would’ve been dumb to go for this in two. Lie was fine, but not perfect. There was no way he was going to be able to stop this on the green, as he couldn’t exactly run it up there with water in front. So Tiger smartly plays back into the fairway. That’ll be a wedge third.
THIRD SHOT (11:57 a.m. ET): OK, pretty nice there. That pin is tough to get to back left with a ridge just below the flag. Tiger astutely lands this a little long and left and this spins left and finishes about 12-15 feet from the cup pin-high. Again, while that doesn’t sound great with a wedge, considering the pin, that’s not bad at all. He can absolutely birdie from there.
ON THE GREEN (12:02 p.m. ET): Wow, that was confident. That was a firm stroke and the ball looked like it was being guided by a magnet right into the hole. Just a perfect putt and that’s a great birdie right there.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 2 (5 under overall, T-22)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 354 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:36 a.m. ET): That’s an iron, and Tiger pulls this into the left rough. After 22/28 fairways hit in the opening two rounds, that is odd. He’ll likely have to play safe, probably away from the pin, on his approach.
APPROACH SHOT (11:40 a.m. ET): That pin is tucked front left over a bunker, so Tiger has to play right of the flag. This one is just OK, as Woods comes up a couple yards short of the green. But that should be a pretty easy chip. It’s a good leave, as he’ll have a clear shot at the pin with green to work with and it’s maybe 30-35 feet total. He could putt this if he wants, too.
AROUND THE GREEN (11:43 a.m. ET): Tiger indeed putts this one and that is pretty mediocre. He hits this too hard, and the ball runs about 4-5 feet by. That’s a fast putt coming back, too. Still a very makable look for par, but an early tester.
ON THE GREEN (11:46 a.m. ET): OK, no damage done. Tiger rolls that right in for an opening par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (4 under overall, T-30)
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