Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods blows up late Saturday at WGC-Mexico Championship

Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods blows up late Saturday at WGC-Mexico Championship

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods blows up late Saturday at WGC-Mexico Championship

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After a hot start, Tiger Woods cooled off considerably on Saturday at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Woods birdied his first two holes, then dropped a stroke with a bogey on No. 3, and it was a ho-hum day from there on the front before disaster struck late on the back-nine.

Here’s a shot-by-shot recap of Woods’ third round in Mexico.

Hole 18: Par 4, 375 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:15 p.m.): Low-flying stinger iron shot to end the day for Tiger and this one is nicely in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (5:18 p.m.): Tiger’s wedge into the green is pretty solid. He’s pin-high and inside 10 feet for a birdie chance to end the day.

ON THE GREEN (5:25 p.m.): His day ends on a somewhat-high note as the birdie putt perfectly rolls into the cup. Should be interesting to see what he has to say about his back-nine, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 70 (T9, 6-under overall).

Hole 17: Par 3, 161 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:08 p.m.): Tiger safely finds the green on the par 3 17th. He’ll have 20-some feet to try and get under par again.

ON THE GREEN (5:13 p.m.): Another poor effort on the green. Seemed like Tiger was afraid of three-putting again and really backed off on this birdie putt, leaving it short. He cleaned up for par.

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

Hole 16: Par 4, 418 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:50 p.m.): He finds the right fairway off the tee, another safe, conservative shot.

APPROACH SHOT (4:53 p.m.): His approach shot isn’t anything to write home about, either, finding the middle of the green, 30-plus feet away. This should’ve been a fun round.

ON THE GREEN (5:56 p.m.): No dice on the birdie putt as it skated by the hole. He had a five-footer coming back for par that broke to the right and he had too much pace on that. That’s a disappointing bogey. The wheels are falling off.

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

Hole 15: Par 5, 569 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:29 p.m.): Driver for Tiger finds the fairway, but he certainly wasn’t thrilled with the result. He’s birdied No. 15 the last two days, and this ball is just a bit further ahead compared to Thursday and Friday. Not sure why he’s unhappy.

APPROACH SHOT (4:35 p.m.): Tiger finds the bunker after a great tee shot and really gives up a chance to score. He can still get up-and-down for birdie, but an eagle here would’ve been clutch.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:39 p.m): He had plenty of green to work with from the sand and he didn’t use it. Awful effort from Tiger as he didn’t get enough behind this shot to get anywhere near the hole. It was moving slow and tracked along a slope, coming to rest on the edge of the green about 25 feet away.

ON THE GREEN (4:42 p.m.): Tiger gave that one a run but misses left. He had four feet left for par … but then disaster struck. He three-jacked from four feet to card a double-bogey seven. A seven, where he was putting for birdie.

To put that in perspective …

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 15 (T9, 6-under overall).

Hole 14: Par 4, 504 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:12 p.m.): Tiger flares a fairway metal to the right and caught a tree or two, but his ball got a decent kick down into the rough.

APPROACH SHOT (4:18 p.m.): Tiger’s wedge came up well-short of the green from the rough, and he’ll need to get that up-and-down to save par and avoid giving back the birdie on No. 13.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:21 p.m.): Nice chip here to just inside five feet for Tiger. Controlled the pace and break really well to give himself a shot.

ON THE GREEN (4:27 p.m.): Tiger cleans up the par to avoid a costly bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 14 (T5, 8-under overall).

Hole 13: Par 3, 212 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:03 p.m.): With the pin near the center of the green, players have a chance to score on No. 13 today, but Tiger didn’t quite take advantage. His tee shot just stayed up on the front of the dance floor, and he’ll have just over 20 feet for birdie. Could’ve been better, but also could’ve been worse had the ball rolled off the green.

ON THE GREEN (4:10 p.m.): Seriously, what do I know? Tiger sinks the 23-footer for birdie with confidence!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 13 (T4, 8-under overall).

Hole 12: Par 4, 395 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:44 p.m.): Another real conservative shot here for Tiger off the tee as this one finds left side of the fairway. If he’s going to make a move, he might need to take some more risks.

APPROACH SHOT (3:49 p.m.): Tiger’s shot onto the green landed pin-high to the right of the cup and spun back about 12 feet below the hole. He’ll have an uphill putt from there to get another birdie.

ON THE GREEN (3:54 p.m.): Another missed opportunity for Tiger as the putt slides by on the left.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 12 (T7, 7-under overall).

Hole 11: Par 5, 610 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:24 p.m.): 3-wood here for Tiger on the par-5 and he’s down the left side of the fairway. He’s got 295 yards to go, with a front-left pin guarded by bunkers.

APPROACH SHOT (3:31 p.m.): Tiger piped his approach and it was right on line with the pin, but he got a little too much on it. He’s on the green with a lengthy eagle putt that, at worst, he should be able to get close for a birdie.

ON THE GREEN (3:40 p.m.): He had the right line, just not enough speed to get there for eagle. Tap-in birdie for Tiger that could build some momentum on the back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 11 (T5, 7-under overall).

Hole 10: Par 4, 462 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:07 p.m.): He lays off a bit on this one and finds the right fairway near the rough. Not much else to say on that.

APPROACH SHOT (3:11 p.m.): He hated this one immediately, but it’s not terrible. Pin-high, 30-some feet right of the cup. He desperately needs a jolt to boost his round. It’s been rather bleak since starting birdie-birdie.

ON THE GREEN (3:18 p.m.): Not a great effort here as his birdie putt comes up about five feet short. He cleaned up the par, so no real damage done, but he’s wasted a great start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 10 (6-under overall).

Hole 9: Par 4, 388 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:51 p.m.): Nice tee shot here from Tiger hugs the right side of the fairway. He was flirting with the bunker where he hit yesterday’s incredible shot from.

APPROACH SHOT (2:55 p.m.): Not again. Tiger threw an absolute dart to the green and landed it a few feet short of the cup, but it spins back and now he’s got 33 feet for birdie. Could’ve been in great shape to make birdie heading to the back-nine.

ON THE GREEN (3:00 p.m.): TW gave this one a run but it comes up a revolution or two short of the cup. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 9 (6-under overall).

Hole 8: Par 4, 518 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:34 p.m.): Pulls this one off the tee to the left. He could be in some trouble over there.

RECOVERY SHOT (2:37 p.m.): He was behind a tree and had to take a weird swing to get it back into play. In his follow through he smacked the tree with the club and might’ve bent it a bit. His ball took a nice little skip and ran up the right side of the fairway. Not too shabby given the circumstances.

APPROACH SHOT (2:41 p.m.): Had a decent look at the green after his recovery shot and landed this one behind the hole and spun it back to the right of the cup. He’ll have around 15 feet to save par.

ON THE GREEN (2:46 p.m.): No dice here for Tiger, who makes another bogey on No. 8.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 8 (6-under overall).

Hole 7: Par 3, 224 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:18 p.m.): He’s safely on the green but nowhere near the hole. Conservative shot there for TW after taking a risk on the previous hole.

ON THE GREEN (2:27 p.m.): Tiger lags this one towards the cup but it moves a little low and left. Didn’t have enough juice to get there on that line. Tiger cleans up for par, moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 7 (7-under overall).

Hole 6: Par 5, 612 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:03 p.m.): Tiger pulls driver for the first time today and finds the right side of the fairway, flirting with the first-cut rough. He could go for this in two, but with water guarding the left side of the green and bunkers to the right, he’ll most likely play it safe with a lay-up like yesterday.

APPROACH SHOT (2:07 p.m.): What do I know? He went for this in two and just barely cleared the water. He’s on the green with an eagle putt awaiting from 40-plus feet.

ON THE GREEN (2:11): Tiger’s eagle putt lags its way towards the hole but misses left. He taps in for birdie and gets the bogey on No. 3 back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 6 (7-under overall).

Hole 5: Par 4, 452 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:38 p.m.): Dead center with an iron for Tiger on No. 5. He made birdie here the last two days.

APPROACH SHOT (1:43 p.m.): Not a great effort here. He’s on the green, but well short of the hole. Either the wrong club or he backed off too much.

ON THE GREEN (1:51 p.m.): This one never really had a chance, but Tiger lagged it up near the hole. He had about 3 feet to save par. Disappointing hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 5 (6-under overall).

Hole 4: Par 4, 508 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:21 p.m.): 5-wood off the tee and it’s another great shot on a difficult hole with a dogleg. He’s 300 yards down the fairway, maybe in the first-cut rough where the fairway starts to turn to the left.

APPROACH SHOT (1:25 p.m.): It’s a back-right pin, guarded by bunkers on the right, but he’s got a pretty good angle at it. He was right on line to the pin, got a nice little kick forward and he’ll have 15 feet for a bounce-back birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:32 p.m.): This one was tracking towards the cup but failed to take the last final turn at the cup and misses a little left. The pace or line was just slightly off, because that should’ve fallen. No damage done as he taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 4 (6-under overall).

Hole 3: Par 3, 197 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:08 p.m.): Tiger hit a great shot on the par-3 third, but it caught a slope in front of the pin and trickled towards the front edge of the green. Tough break there. He’ll have a casual 90-footer to keep the early birdie streak alive.

ON THE GREEN (1:15 p.m.): Tiger didn’t have a great line at the hole here. There was a big slope about three quarters of the way to the hole, with the fringe jutting in off the back of the green. He gave it a decent ride, but his ball comes up a little short, about 10 feet away. Couldn’t convert the par save as he just missed on the right edge. Tough bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 3 (6-under overall).

Hole 2: Par 4, 367 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:54 p.m.): Iron off the tee on No. 2 and he pures this one down the left-center of the fairway. Should have a good angle to the green.

APPROACH SHOT (1:00 p.m.): Tiger’s wedge onto the green cozies up next to the cup within three feet and he’ll have another shot at birdie. His tee shot on the difficult dogleg right hole set him up perfectly.

ON THE GREEN (1:05 p.m.): That was just a tap-in for Tiger who cards back-to-back birdies to start the day. Here we go.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 2 (7-under overall).

Hole 1: Par 4, 322 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:44 p.m.): Tiger goes with the 5-wood off the tee on No. 1 for the third consecutive day and almost drives the green. He’s just short in the rough, and should be in good position to get up-and-down for an early birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:50 p.m.): A little bump-and-run chip here from TW and the only way it could be better was if it went in. He had the perfect touch and pace on the shot and his ball is within a few feet of the cup. Should be his first birdie of the week on No. 1 (remember he doubled Thursday).

ON THE GREEN (12:53 p.m.): Tiger cleans up the up-and-down for birdie. Solid start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 1 (6-under overall).

PRE-ROUND

As Tiger gets his work in on the range and the putting green before his tee time, players on the course already are posting numbers, including Paul Casey, who’s -3 thru just as many holes. Conditions could be ripe for some low numbers.

Oh, and just for fun, here’s Tiger’s incredible shot from the bunker on his final hole yesterday.

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