Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods makes his move, one shot off lead at Masters

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods makes his move, one shot off lead at Masters

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods makes his move, one shot off lead at Masters

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It’s Moving Day at Augusta National Golf Club and entering the round at 6-under par, Tiger Woods was in contention.

The 14-time major champion is in pursuit of his fifth green jacket at the 2019 Masters and entered the third round just one shot off five-way leaders Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.

MORE TIGER: Check out Sunday’s final-round Tiger Tracker

Tiger teed off alongside Ian Poulter at 2:05 p.m. ET. Check out shot-by-shot analysis of his Saturday round below:

Hole 18: Par 4, 465 yards

OFF THE TEE: Alright stop … Tiger time. He crushes this drive down the right side of the fairway on the final hole.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger safely floats this one out to the right, finding the green 35 feet wide of the hole. He’ll have a birdie putt to close out an impressive round.

ON THE GREEN: Great putt comes to a stop 2 inches past the cup, and he taps in for par, closing out a 5-under 67, 11-under overall.

Hole 17: Par 4, 440 yards

OFF THE TEE: Baba booey! Mashed Potatoes! Tiger smokes this one down the fairway. He’s feelin’ it.

APPROACH SHOT: Nice and safe here from Tiger, finding the green 43 feet short of the back-right pin.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger have this one a good roll, just played it too wide left. Tap-in par. On to 18, now one shot back from Francesco Molinari.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-under thru 17 (11-under overall)

Hole 16: Par 3, 160 yards

OFF THE TEE: 9-iron here from Tiger and he’s all over it. He lands this one just beyond the hole, coming to rest within 10 feet. That birdie putt could give Tiger a share of the lead.

ON THE GREEN: (Insert Tiger roar here). Tiger walked this one in and climbs to the top of the leaderboard.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-under thru 16 (11-under overall)

Hole 15: Par 5, 530 yards

OFF THE TEE: Boom goes the dynamite. He cranks this one down the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger caught all of this one, and he goes off the back side of the green. That’ll leave a testy chip onto the dance floor with water on the opposite side.

AROUND THE GREEN: Incredible chip there from Tiger was rolling right at the cup before checking up two feet short.

ON THE GREEN: Taps it in for birdie, one shot back. Here we go.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under thru 15 (10-under overall)

Hole 14: Par 4, 440 yards

OFF THE TEE: Smart shot as Tiger lays off this one, finding the fairway with a 3-wood.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger finds the green, but he’s well away from the cup. He’ll need to hammer this one uphill, but hey, it’s a birdie putt.

ON THE GREEN: Plenty of pace but not the right line here, missing just left.

Hole 13: Par 5, 510 yards

OFF THE TEE: Oh boy. Tiger played this one aggressive, and it looks like he’s going to pay for that one after finding the right trees.

SECOND SHOT: Sike. He got a friendly kick and he’s just in the rough. Lucky break. He bends this one around the corner, laying up in the middle of the fairway. It won’t be easy, but he can still get up-and-down for birdie from there.

APPROACH SHOT: From 69 yards out Tiger hits this a few feet to the right of the flagstick, puts on the brakes and it checks up just beyond the hole outside five feet.

ON THE GREEN: Jar. Tiger converts the birdie putt and climbs into second place, two shots off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 13 (9-under overall)

Hole 12: Par 3, 146 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger plays this one beyond the hole, landing on the back edge of the green, 18 feet from the cup.

ON THE GREEN: Played the slope nicely and gave this a good roll, but comes up short. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 12 (8-under overall)

Hole 11: Par 4, 505 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger hammered this one but it’s going way right. He was pleading for the ball to keep going right, and he lucked out. He got out of the trees and actually has a line to the green. How about that.

APPROACH SHOT: He finds the center of the green and a birdie putt awaits.

ON THE GREEN: From just outside 30 feet Tiger plays the left-to-right break well, but needed another foot of speed. Par. On to the heart of Amen Corner.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 11 (8-under overall)

Hole 10: Par 4, 495 yards

OFF THE TEE: 3-wood here for Tiger and he perfectly curves this one right-to-left around the dogleg down the fairway. Great shot.

APPROACH SHOT: Middle of the green for Tiger, safe shot here. He’ll have a shade over 20 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger misses this one long and right. A little less speed and that one drops. He cleans up from a few feet for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 10 (8-under overall)

Hole 9: Par 4, 460 yards

OFF THE TEE: Right. Way right. Way, way right. Tiger’s taking the scenic route through the trees here on No. 9.

APPROACH SHOT: From the pine straw Tiger gave this one a wack and it runs up just short of the green. Should be in good shape to get up-and-down for par from there.

AROUND THE GREEN: Nifty little chip here bumps and runs up below the cup, checking up three feet. Great effort to set up the par save.

ON THE GREEN: Cleans up the par, on to the back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 9 (8-under overall)

Hole 8: Par 5, 570 yards

OFF THE TEE: BOOM. Right-center fairway for Tiger here off the tee. He swung that with supreme confidence.

APPROACH SHOT: I’M FEELIN’ THIS (Blink-182 voice). Tiger hit this one perfectly and it runs up on the green in two, and he’ll have 11 feet for eagle. The boys are putting on a shot here.

ON THE GREEN: With an eagle putt for a share of the lead, Tiger misses just left, but taps in for birdie.

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

Hole 7: Par 4, 450 yards

OFF THE TEE: Driver for the Big Cat and it’s straight as an arrow, right down the middle.

APPROACH SHOT: Here we go! Tiger hits a miraculous shot to just inches from the cup. That’s a gimmie birdie if you’re playing with your friends on the weekend.

ON THE GREEN: Chirp-chirp. Back-to-back birdies for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 7 (7-under overall)

Hole 6: Par 3, 178 yards

OFF THE TEE: Great shot here from the Big Cat, landing this one beyond the hole, inside 20 feet. This would be a phenomenal bounce-back birdie for Tiger, who needs to get something going if he’s going to catch up with Finau, who shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine.

ON THE GREEN: Downhill with some left-to-right movement, Tiger plays it perfectly and drills the putt. Incredible.

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

Hole 5: Par 4, 495 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway bunker for Tiger off the tee. It’s like a magnet here. Not great.

SECOND SHOT: Another layup from the bunker, and he had to float this one high like earlier just to get out and advance up the fairway. Not much he could do there.

APPROACH SHOT: Not a great effort here, looking like a third bogey of the week on No. 5 unless he can can this putt from around 20 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Nope. Two-putt bogey for Tiger, who’s now four shots back of 9-under leader Tony Finau.

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

Hole 4: Par 3, 227 yards

OFF THE TEE: B-e-a-utiful swing here from TW. He sticks this one pin-high, about 17 feet left of the cup. That’ll be a great look for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger gave this one a ride but he just misses the edge. Tap-in par again.

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

Hole 3: Par 4, 350 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger started this one off to the right and it just didn’t drift back as much as he wanted. He’s in the fairway, but not overly pleased with the outcome of that swing.

APPROACH SHOT: He hit a nifty little pitch here onto the green, but the ball catches a slope and runs past the cup, flirting with the fringe. He’ll have inside 20 feet for birdie from there.

ON THE GREEN: Nothing to see here. Two-putt par. He’s methodically moving thru the opening holes.

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

Hole 2: Par 5, 575 yards

OFF THE TEE: Driver here at No. 2 after a 3-wood on No. 1, and this one leaks into the right fairway bunker. He was asking for the ball to get one yard left (maybe further?) but it doesn’t listen. Dumb ball.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger had to throw this one high into the air and he advances up the fairway with a lay-up shot. He’ll have 140 yards to the pin, but it’s not a great angle into the green. The back-left pin is guarded in the front by a bunker. This might be tough to get close.

APPROACH SHOT: Smart shot here for Tiger. Knowing he can’t miss left, he goes right, landing the ball on the fringe and letting it spin back a few feet. He comes to rest 30-some feet to the right, pin-high.

ON THE GREEN: Solid roll here comes up a few inches short and he cleans up for another solid par.

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

Hole 1: Par 4, 445 yards

OFF THE TEE: Nice and smooth off the tee here down the middle of the fairway. He’s chomping on that gum again and looks comfortable.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger hits this one safely onto the green, just about dead-center. He’ll have 34 feet to the back-pin for an opening birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Good effort there from Tiger, lagging it up inside a few feet to set up a two-put par. Next.

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

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