Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 65 at East Lake

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the first green during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 65 at East Lake

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' third-round 65 at East Lake

Hole No. 18: Par 5, 590 yards

OFF THE TEE: That thing is just crushed. Huge drive, catches the downhill slope in the middle of the fairway. 349 yards. Justin Rose is in trouble on the left so we’re looking at a likely one-shot swing here if not more.

APPROACH SHOT: Left himself just 222 yards in but missed the approach shot to the left. In a greenside bunker now and fully expect him to get this one close for a closing birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN: Scratch that. Couldn’t do much with it out of the bunker and it’ll be a lengthy birdie look to try to extend his lead.

ON THE GREEN: Birdie try doesn’t go and he’ll finish with a disappointing par on an electric day at East Lake. Another 65 and it’ll be Tiger and Rory McIlroy in the final pairing Sunday. Doesn’t get any better than that.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5, -12 overall

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 437 yards

OFF THE TEE: Fairway wood off the tee and it’s a good one, middle of the fairway. Justin Rose really needs to put the pressure on over these final two holes to give himself a reasonable shot come Sunday.

APPROACH SHOT: Not bad at all. Little short of the hole and looks like he’s got about 10-12 feet left for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Missed the birdie try on the right side and didn’t give it a great look. Lead is still three shots going into the final hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 17 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 446 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another weird release on the follow-through and he didn’t like that one. His right foot slipped back right at impact, which happened earlier in the round too. Ended up in the right rough.

APPROACH SHOT: Nasty lie and not much he could do with it. Just wanted to get something going toward the green but couldn’t get any check on it. Raced well off the green and this is going to be a tough up-and-down for par.

AROUND THE GREEN: Hit a high flop shot that just didn’t have enough on it. Landed a few yards short of the green and rolled back down the mound. Now looking at a difficult up-and-down for bogey. Keeping things interesting.

ON THE GREEN: Goes with a low bump and run on the second attempt and absolutely nailed it. Tap-in bogey that could have been much worse. Solid damage control but Rose made birdie for a two-shot swing. Woods’ lead is down to three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 16 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 200 yards

OFF THE TEE: Yikes. Daunting tee shot with water all around the green and Tiger dropped the club mid follow-through, but he’s dry and in the bunker. Sand game has been strong all week.

APPROACH SHOT: That was close. Blasted it out of the bunker and ran it on a great line just past the hole. Par putt coming up and it’s definitely a tester.

ON THE GREEN: Nothing to it. Calmly walks in that par putt and we’re moving on. Still has one more par 5 to play too.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 15 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 514 yards

OFF THE TEE: Sizzled off the tee and took a bad bounce right, but looked like that one stayed just on the edge of the fairway. Fact that Tiger birdied this hole in Rounds 1-2 shows you just how dialed in he is. Not easy.

APPROACH SHOT: Uncharacteristic miss there. 200 yards out and he left it well short and to the right. Again, this is a difficult golf hole.

AROUND THE GREEN: Little bump and run gets that one close and he shouldn’t have any issues cleaning up for par. Justin Rose & Co. are running out of holes to make up some ground here. Tiger playing like this with a 4-shot lead going into the final round would be unfair.

ON THE GREEN: In with par and Rose just made bogey, so the lead is back to five shots. This is getting out of hand.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 thru 14 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 440 yards

OFF THE TEE: Nothing to it. Stripes another driver and he’s in the fairway again. Much will be made of his accuracy off the tee this week, but he’s been doing it all throughout the playoffs. The biggest difference this week is he’s making a ton of putts and has been just a tad sharper with his irons. He was already first on Tour in proximity to the hole entering the week and he’s still taking it up a notch.

Update: His ball ended up on a sprinkler head and he’ll get relief from there. 120 yards out.

APPROACH SHOT: Didn’t quite get it there. Just short of the green and looks like it will be a tricky putt from there, assuming he doesn’t break out wedge.

ON THE GREEN: Came up short on that birdie bid but an easy tap-in par to maintain the 4-shot lead over Justin rose.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 thru 13 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 403 yards

OFF THE TEE: Just a fairway wood here and he loves it. Right side of the fairway. Gonna have a wedge in his hands and he’s been on point from this distance all week long. Definitely thinking birdie from here.

APPROACH SHOT: Staring that one down all the way and got it just about pin high in a perfect spot. Really good birdie try coming up shortly. Iron play has been his biggest strength all season and he’s taking it to another level at East Lake. This is a man on a mission.

ON THE GREEN: No problem. Walked another birdie putt in from 7 feet. Rose answered with a birdie so Tiger’s lead remains four shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 thru 12 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 220 yards

OFF THE TEE: Stayed on the right side of the green in the fringe. Almost really good but didn’t get an extra hop toward the flag. He’s 34 feet out and should be able to get it close if not better. Wedges have been great this week.

AROND THE GREEN: That shot was tougher than it looked. Chipped it past the hole and has plenty of work left to save par. Will be four straight holes without a birdie now, which seems like a lot given that start.

ON THE GREEN: Walked in the 7-foot par putt and Rose missed his birdie try, so Tiger avoids a potential two-shot swing as they both par. Tiger still up by four shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 11 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 424 yards

OFF THE TEE: Back on track with a strike down the middle. Thinking birdie any time he’s in the fairway on a day like this.

APPROACH SHOT: On a good line, doesn’t quite get it up to the back of the pin but, again, just needs to keep giving himself looks with how well he’s putting. Another birdie putt coming up.

ON THE GREEN: Tough putt and it never really had a chance. Had to mark that one coming back for par, and he just drained it without hesitation. Holding steady with a 4-shot lead over Justin Rose.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 10 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 9: Par 3, 235 yards

OFF THE TEE: First sign of trouble from Tiger today. Misses the green left and in the deep rough. Flawless opening eight holes and now he’ll have to try to grind out a par.

AROUND THE GREEN: Really good recovery shot from the Bermuda, which is not fun to get out of. 9-foot par putt coming up to secure a 29 on the front nine.

ON THE GREEN: Juuuuuust a bit outside. Missed from nine feet and that’s a bogey for Tiger. First of the day. Still in total command with a 4-shot lead on the field.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 9 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 455 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another slight miss and into the right rough. Water all on the left so that is the preferred miss. If he birdies 8 they should just cancel the rest of this thing.

APPROACH SHOT: Just misses the green on the right side but clear of trouble and should be able to at least give it a run with the wedge or putter.

AROUND THE GREEN: Gave it a great run. Guy looks like he can make it from anywhere right now. Tap-in par. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 thru 8 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 481 yards

OFF THE TEE: First hiccup of the day with a miss to the left. He’s in a fairway bunker and about 169 yards out.

APPROACH SHOT: Are you serious?? Landed it in the perfect spot on the edge of the green and has ANOTHER great birdie look coming up. East Lake is up for grabs right now.

ON THE GREEN: Birdie. Nailed the 5-footer. He has a 5-shot lead. We repeat: Tiger Woods has a 5-shot lead at the Tour Championship.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -6 thru 7 (13 under overall)

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 525 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway. Another chance to increase his 4-shot lead coming up. This is getting wild.

APPROACH SHOT: Got a little leaky at the end with a 5 wood but that’s fine. Sitting up in a bunker to the right of the green. He’s been money from the bunkers this week, so we’re likely looking at another short birdie try coming up.

AROUND THE GREEN: Not a bad effort at all. Gives himself another short birdie attempt and we’ll see if he can continue this tear.

ON THE GREEN: BANG! Good all the way from 6 feet. Another birdie. 4-shot lead. This is really happening.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -5 thru 6 (12 under overall)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 442 yards

OFF THE TEE: Pure. So pure. Another smooth driver down the fairway with a 3-shot lead. This is uncharted territory for the Tiger comeback.

APPROACH SHOT: Ridiculous. All over the flag with a sand wedge and has about 7-8 feet left for birdie. Could run away from the field today the way he’s swinging it right now.

ON THE GREEN: Another birdie and it’s time to CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW. He’s leading by 4 shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -4 thru 5 (11 under overall)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 479 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another driver twirl. Middle of the fairway. He’s had hot starts to rounds but something about this feels different. Extremely smooth. Purpose behind every movement. Has a chance to take control of this tournament going into Sunday.

APPROACH SHOT: Middle of the green and right of the flag. Leaves about 25 feet. Nothing wrong with that, especially when you’ve got a lot of confidence with the putter.

ON THE GREEN: Made it from 21 feet. You gotta be kidding. Three birdies in his first four holes. We’re watching a dominant performance right now. Don’t go anywhere.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -3 thru 4 (10 under overall)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 402 yards

OFF THE TEE: Iron is all this short par 4 requires and Tiger stripes it down the fairway. Thinking birdie here for sure.

APPROACH SHOT: It’s early but the iron play is looking very promising. Another solid strike and he’s just below the hole. Short birdie look coming up.

ON THE GREEN: Back of the cup for his second birdie in three holes. Clinical stuff right now. Tiger doesn’t call his caddie in on putts very often at all, but he had Joe LaCava take a look at that one. Throw the looper an assist on the stat sheet.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -2 thru 3 (9 under overall)

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 197 yards

OFF THE TEE: Good, safe shot into the middle of the green. Has 45 feet for birdie and with the way he’s been putting the past two days, you never know.

ON THE GREEN: Pretty good effort. Solid line and left it just a bit short of the cup. Looking at a stress-free par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -1 thru 2 (8 under overall)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 469 yards

OFF THE TEE: Driver twirl off the first tee is generally a good sign. Beauty right down the middle and he’s off to a good start on the tough opening hole. Justin Rose way off to the right, might have plunked a fan. The co-leaders start off two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. Let’s do it.

APPROACH SHOT: That was one smooth swing from the fairway. Great line and he’ll have a birdie chance right out of the gate here. Now would be a good time to mention that Tiger led the Tour in third-round scoring for much of the season.

ON THE GREEN: Look out. Just drained a 22-footer for an opening birdie to take the outright lead. Can’t do it any better than that. Could be a really special day in Atlanta.

TIGER ON THE DAY: -1 thru 1 (8 under overall)

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Tiger Woods is tied for the lead with Justin Rose and looking for his first win in five years entering Saturday’s third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Woods tees off in the final pairing at 2:30 p.m. ET and we’ll be tracking his entire round, shot by shot. Follow along.

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