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

It was a Saturday 66 for Tiger Woods, but that only did him so much.

That 4-under round moved Woods up three spots on the leaderboard but still had him roughly a half-dozen shots off the lead.

Heading into a final round where messy weather is forecasted, Woods is in contention to win but only vaguely so. That’s disappointing after his opening 62 to share the lead.

Still, there’s been plenty to like this week.

We followed Woods’ third round, shot by shot. Catch up below…

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 469 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:29 p.m. ET): A 3-wood right down the middle for Tiger. Played a lower one and that was pure.

APPROACH SHOT (5:36 p.m. ET): Tiger plays a lower draw from 200+ and this is no problem. This misses a ridge left of the hole a little left. But overall, he’ll have about 30 feet for birdie. Yes, over a ridge. But this should be a two-putt par to close.

ON THE GREEN (5:41 p.m. ET): A good effort here that just misses a foot left. He taps in for par. It’s a 66, but on this day that barely moves him up the leaderboard.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under 66 (12 under overall, T-9)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 209 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:16 p.m. ET): A 4-iron here, and this one finishes about 40-50 feet left and beyond the cup. There’s a huge ridge in his way too. So this will be a testy two-putt for sure.

ON THE GREEN (5:28 p.m. ET): He’ll take that effort from there. Over that rigde and a huge left-to-right break and he gets that to finish 2-3 feet beyond and left of the cup. Tiger cleans up from there for a nice two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 17 (12 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 16: Par 5, 553 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:59 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the fairway here with no issue. This is down the left side. He’ll be able to get home in two.

APPROACH SHOT (5:05 p.m. ET): Tiger was leaning on that fairway wood from 270+ yards the entire time and for good reason. This high cut lands about 25 feet right and below the hole on the right edge of the green. It kicks forward and for a moment appeared it might stop about 20 feet right of the cup. But it trickles down off the green to the right in light rough. Overall, though, he’s about 35 feet from the cup, and that chip is holeable.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:09 p.m. ET): Tiger bumps this into the slope and this never threatens going in. But he cozies that up about 3 feet short of the cup. Should be a birdie here for Tiger.

ON THE GREEN (5:13 p.m. ET): Tiger is back in the top 10! He drains that putt for another birdie. He’s now within five.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 16 (12 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 488 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:40 p.m. ET): That’s another drive right, as he flails this one into the right rough. After driving it so well most of the round, he’s started to fall off there.

APPROACH SHOT (4:46 p.m. ET): Tiger hacks this one to about 10 yards in front of the green. That will leave a 30-yard pitch for his third. Not a hard one, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:50 p.m. ET): That’s pretty solid. Tiger gets this one to finish about 3-4 feet short of the cup. Should be a good par save.

ON THE GREEN (4:54 p.m. ET): Yep, he walks that in. Good par. Disappointing, though, he can’t putt this well on birdie efforts today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 15 (11 under overall, T-13)

Hole No. 14: Par 3, 209 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:30 p.m. ET): This 5-iron is a beauty, as Tiger flights it in there about 10 feet left of the cup. This ball landed 10 feet short and rolled to pin-high. So about 8-10 feet for birdie. That would be much needed and could catalyze a strong finish.

ON THE GREEN (4:36 p.m. ET): He walks that right in! Finally another birdie after 11 straight pars. That only gets him within six at the moment. But still, it’s nice to finally see another birdie drop.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 14 (11 under overall, T-11)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 373 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:12 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out what looks to be the 3-wood and seems to like it, but this one lands a few yards into the right rough. Odd. He’ll probably have to play safe from there.

APPROACH SHOT (4:20 p.m. ET): It was an iffy lie, so this is just fine. Tiger lands this 20 feet left and beyond the hole and this ball comes to rest about 25 feet from the pin. Couldn’t do much better than that from there. This should be a two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (4:23 p.m. ET): A decent putt, but it was always short. This one finishes about 18 inches away. He taps in from there for par. Ten straight now since opening birdie-birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 13 (10 under overall, T-19)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 448 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:57 p.m. ET): That is perfect down the right-center. Another long one in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (4:01 p.m. ET): That is a poor approach shot. He dumps that in the right greenside bunker for no reason. Not sure what that was and now he has to scramble for par.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:05 p.m. ET): Tiger blasts this about 7 feet short of the cup. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (4:08 p.m. ET): Tiger finally makes a putt again, too bad it’s only for par. That one makes it to the right-center of the cup and drops. Good par after a terrible approach.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 12 (10 under overall, T-17)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 415 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:37 p.m. ET): This driver is launched down the right-center of the fairway. He’s just killing it with that club. It’s pretty frustrating to see him hit great drive after great drive but keep missing good birdie looks.

APPROACH SHOT (3:44 p.m. ET): Tiger will be really disappointed with that one. This one from 119 yards lands 25 feet short of the cup, hops a touch forward and then spins back down a minor slope. This ball finishes 40 feet below the cup and he’ll have to putt up a slope. Probably will just have to hope for a two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (3:52 p.m. ET): Tiger had to HAMMER that one up the hill. It was actually over 50 feet, and he leaves this about 3-4 feet short. That’s not bad from there, and he cleans up for a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 11 (10 under overall, T-16)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 432 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:21 p.m. ET): That driver is basically right down the center. If anything, a few yards left of center. Whatever the case, that is pristine. Tiger just needs to try to go berserk on this back nine, especially as there are rumblings this tournament could be shortened to 54 holes with Sunday’s weather forecast looking like a disaster.

APPROACH SHOT (3:31 p.m. ET): We may finally be in business. Woods lands this 6 feet beyond the pin, it hops forward and spins back about 4-5 feet past the cup. That is a fantastic birdie chance. Close to a must-make at this point.

ON THE GREEN (3:33 p.m. ET): So, so frustrating. Tiger taps that one and it just slips by on the left. Just a wonderful opportunity missed. The Scotty looked so good Thursday and to start this round, but otherwise it has been a putrid return with that putter.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 10 (10 under overall, T-14)

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 529 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:04 p.m. ET): That is a low fade with the driver and that is fine down the left-center of the fairway. The ball actually gets zero yards of roll. But he can easily still go for this one in two. Tiger is now five back, by the way, as the lead is 15 under.

APPROACH SHOT (3:09 p.m. ET): Tiger goes fairway wood uphill from roughly 240 yards and he overcooks this fade. The ball lands just short and right of the surface. If he could’ve controlled the fade, he would’ve been in business. Still, he’s in the fairway and it’s around a 20-yard pitch for eagle.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:13 p.m. ET): That one was sort of odd. Tiger bounces that one into the upslope in front of this green with plenty of spin, but the ball doesn’t check as quickly as he hopes and runs about 10 feet past the cup. He needs to drain that for a birdie and 3-under 32.

ON THE GREEN (3:17 p.m. ET): That was really just a punch in the face. He had that left-to-righter tracking right at the left side of the cup, but this one horseshoes out. Brutal. After that birdie-birdie start, seven straight pars for Tiger. That putter totally cooled off after a pair of nice makes to start. He’s now five behind and fallen back after his birdie-birdie start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 9 (10 under overall, T-12)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 238 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:50 p.m. ET): That was maybe his most pure shot all round. He launches a 4-iron and takes it a touch left of a tucked right front flag, and this lands about 8 feet left and short of the hole and releases to 10-12 feet beyond the flag. That’s a nice birdie look on a really tough hole. Great tee shot.

ON THE GREEN (2:56 p.m. ET): And that’s a no. This one slides by on the left. That hot start with the putter was a tease as it stands now. This is another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 8 (10 under overall, T-10)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 387 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:35 p.m. ET): Tiger takes less than driver and that’s a good call as he puts this right down the middle. That’ll be a wedge second from a good position.

APPROACH SHOT (2:39 p.m. ET): Tiger tugs this wedge a bit. Distance control is good, so this finishes about 15-18 feet left of the cup. But with just 125 yards or thereabouts left from the fairway, he was looking for better.

ON THE GREEN (2:43 p.m. ET): A good run at that one, but it just dives right of the cup. That’s an easy par, but he needs to get back on that early birdie train he found himself on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 7 (10 under overall, T-8)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 379 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:19 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the right fairway bunker off the tee here. Not great, but if his lie is fine in there, he should get away wit it. He won’t have a ton in, considering this is a dogleg right.

APPROACH SHOT (2:23 p.m. ET): Tiger had a good lie, too good. This lands about 15 feet below the hole, bounces a touch forward but has a lot of backspin and goes down a slope too. This goes all the way to the front of the green and leaves Tiger a testy putt of some 35-40 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (2:30 p.m. ET): That was a slow one, and well … Tiger got it there. But there was too much speed. He runs this almost 5 feet by. The comebacker does fall in the right side, though. That would’ve been a devastating bogey. It is par in the end. Tiger is now four back after Xander Schauffele birdies to push the lead to 14 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 6 (10 under overall, T-6)

Hole No. 5: Par 3, 148 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:07 p.m. ET): That’s another great approach. Tiger lands this about 15 feet right and beyond the cup. This pitching wedge sticks right where it lands and then slowly spins back. This one finishes about 8 feet from the cup. We’re in business again.

ON THE GREEN (2:13 p.m. ET): And the putter has cooled off. That 10-footer was a double breaker and Tiger misses this one a little to the right. It’s a harmless tap-in par. But that wasn’t a great stroke and he misses a second good opportunity in three holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 5 (10 under overall, T-4)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 439 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:50 p.m. ET): His first miss with the driver today. That one he was a little late on and this lands a couple yards in the right rough. That looks like a tough lie, too, as it appeared to dig down. So he may have to get creative on this approach.

APPROACH SHOT (1:56 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 9-iron here from 155 yards and didn’t like it. This one was actually a decent lie and Tiger gets a good break. This ball lands short of the green but hops forward in wet conditions and finishes pin-high 25-30 feet right of the flag. That should be a simple two-putt par. No problem.

ON THE GREEN (1:59 p.m. ET): Great putt, but that misses right by inches. Perfect speed as it finishes in line with the back of the cup. A touch more of left-to-right break played and that’s another birdie. Nothing wrong with a par here, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 4 (10 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 441 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:33 p.m. ET): This driver is just fine down the right-center. We don’t want to get too excited, but so far this round is looking like his Thursday performance all over again.

APPROACH SHOT (1:41 p.m. ET): Third straight hole Tiger will have a birdie putt around 10 feet. Hit a high wedge in there from 150+ yards and this just carries the front bunker and rough, releases out about 10-15 feet and stops about 10-12 feet short of the hole. A birdie-birdie-birdie start could certainly be coming!

ON THE GREEN (1:47 p.m. ET): That one was just a bit right. It seemed like he pushed that one just a bit and it slides by on the right. That actually got almost 3 feet by. Tiger does clean up for par, though.

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

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 402 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:19 p.m. ET): Another driver, another fairway. That is a perfect baby cut down the center of the fairway. It’s almost 300 yards down there, so this will be another wedge in.

APPROACH SHOT (1:25 p.m. ET): That wedge is pretty tasty. It lands 10 feet below the hole, takes a couple hops forward and stops about 8 feet beyond the cup. Kind of expected some backspin, but it was a dead stop. That will be a tricky downhill putt too, but a nice look at back-to-back birdies to start.

ON THE GREEN (1:30 p.m. ET): That was more like 11 feet, but BOOM! He simply buries it no problem and it’s a birdie-birdie start. He’s back within three.

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

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 431 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:03 p.m. ET): Tiger plays a cut with the driver, and this one is just fine down the right side of the fairway. That great driving continues.

APPROACH SHOT (1:11 p.m. ET): A 9-iron from 140 yards … and that’s a pretty good start. He cuts off the follow through, and this ball lands about 15 feet right of the cup, hops forward and stops quickly. Looks to be about 10-12 feet under the hole for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:16 p.m. ET): That drops in the right side and we have an opening birdie! Not dead center and an inch more right and that doesn’t fall. But it was a good stroke and goes in. That’s a big opening birdie.

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

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 1 p.m. ET. Players are in threesomes off split tees after a delay this morning.

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