Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods cards disappointing 2-under 70 at Memorial

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods cards disappointing 2-under 70 at Memorial

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods cards disappointing 2-under 70 at Memorial

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Tiger Woods got off to a hot start Saturday and faded on the back nine after a spirited charge up the leaderboard. He finished with a disappointing 2-under 70 and squandered a chance to post a serious score to get into contention.

SCORES: The Memorial

Here’s a shot-by-shot look at Tiger’s third round at the Memorial Tournament.

Hole 18: Par 4, 468 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:33 p.m.): It’s a 5-wood well right of the fairway in the thick stuff. Not the way to end things on a good note, we’ll see how much trouble’s over there shortly.

APPROACH SHOT (2:40 p.m.): Ended up in a bunker 175 yards out, Tiger took a big rip at it and missed the green short and right in another really tough spot. Gonna be a difficult up and down from there to save par at the last, this back nine has been some kind of grind.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:44 p.m.): High flop out of the rough that doesn’t stop at the cup, rolls well past to leave about 10-12 feet for par. Would be a big mental boost to drain this and finish the day at 3 under.

ON THE GREEN (2:47 p.m.): Another lip out. That’s at least five or six over the past two days, but doesn’t ease the pain at all. Gonna be a closing bogey and one of the more disappointing 70s you’ll ever see after the start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under 70, 4 under overall

Hole 17: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:16 p.m.): Fairway wood for Tiger and he pumps another one in the fairway. Definitely looking comfortable on the tee for most of the week.

APPROACH SHOT (2:21 p.m.): Won’t kill him. Had 178 yards and landed it on a tier above the hole, just didn’t get any roll. Probably two or three feet away from being really good, but instead it’s about 15-18 feet remaining for a birdie try.

ON THE GREEN (2:28 p.m.): Longer than it appeared at first glance, still had nearly 28 feet on the downhill birdie putt. Gave it a good run but goes a little long. Another tap-in par and we’ll finish up this wild round on the 18th.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 17 (5 under overall)

Hole 16: Par 3, 174 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:05 p.m.): Pulled 9-iron into a tricky left pin location and that is money. Just a tight little draw into the tucked flag and lands it almost perfectly, maybe 7-8 feet from the cup. Another birdie chance on deck.

ON THE GREEN (2:11 p.m.): Back to back! Rolls that one in for a second consecutive birdie and working hard to bounce back from those costly mistakes late in the round. Moving in the right direction for sure.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 16 (5 under overall)

Hole 15: Par 5, 535 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:49 p.m.): Well that’s a good start. Big swing with the driver, safely in the fairway, chance to get a shot or two back coming up. Still 1 under for the round and finishing any worse than that would be devastating given the hot start.

APPROACH SHOT (1:54 p.m.): Just a layup for Tiger here and he’ll have a good number with a wedge for his third.

THIRD SHOT (1:59 p.m.): Pretty good. Maybe 12 feet or so left for a birdie putt that would go a long way toward changing the narrative of the round late.

ON THE GREEN (2:03 p.m.): Buckets! Drops that one from 15 feet for birdie and finally cards another birdie, his first since the seventh hole. Back to 2 under for the day and a chance to redeem this thing over the final three holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 15 (4 under overall)

Hole 14: Par 4, 356 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:35 p.m.): Just a 5-iron and it’s fine, middle of the fairway. Uneventful. Tiger sure could use another birdie here to capture some late momentum, just nothing going on the back nine thus far.

APPROACH SHOT (1:40 p.m.): Missed the green entirely. Sand wedge in hand and he missed the green long, in the thick rough. Not good, not good at all.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:43 p.m.): Yikes. That thing came out hot and raced across the green, all the way back to the front fringe. That’s like 35 feet to save par.

ON THE GREEN (1:45 p.m.): Left that lengthy par try short and it’s another bogey for Tiger. Going in the wrong direction in a hurry, now 3 over for the back nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14 (3 under overall)

Hole 13: Par 4, 444 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:24 p.m.): Healthy. Extremely healthy. Carried everything with driver and he’s gonna be looking at a wedge from the fairway for his approach. All is well, nothing to see here.

APPROACH SHOT (1:29 p.m.): Had a lot of english on that one and spun it well past the flag, still has a birdie putt but not what he was looking for there with a wedge in his hands.

ON THE GREEN (1:32 p.m.): That’s another lip out! Looked good the whole way, can’t believe that didn’t fall. He’s lipped out on like five putts this week. Not great. Par it is.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 13 (4 under overall)

Hole 12: Par 3, 158 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:14 p.m.): Smooth swing with a 9-iron and that’s a beauty. Lands it pin high to the left of the flag and stops it perfectly. Really good birdie chance coming up in a few minutes.

ON THE GREEN (1:19 p.m.): Never gave it a chance. Looked like a misread with Tiger playing some break, but the ball stayed dead straight from 10 feet. Another tap-in par and that’s a wasted opportunity for sure.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 12 (4 under overall)

Hole 11: Par 5, 566 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:56 p.m.): Hates it and things are trending south in a hurry. Missed well left and that’s nothing but trouble over there, might have avoided the water but it’s nasty either way. This came out of nowhere.

APPROACH SHOT (1:02 p.m.): Ball is tucked next to a cart path and lie looked pretty tricky. Tiger makes great contact and smashes it back over the trees in the fairway. Heck of a recovery shot there, maybe the spark he needed to get back on track after that double.

THIRD SHOT (1:05 p.m.): Pretty good. Long of the flag, doesn’t spin back a ton but he has a birdie chance. Didn’t seem likely after the tee shot so he can’t be too displeased with that.

ON THE GREEN (1:09 p.m.): Juuuuust a bit outside. Good roll that scoots past the edge of the cup, he’ll clean that up for par without further incident.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (4 under overall)

Hole 10: Par 4, 461 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:39 p.m.): Healthy crack from the driver but he fails to carry the fairway bunker down the left hand side. Gonna be a tough second shot from there, looks like he just missed it on an aggressive line.

APPROACH SHOT (12:45 p.m.): Uh oh. Hit the lip of the bunker with his second shot and he’s right back where he started. Takes his medicine and just punches out on the third shot, didn’t have a chance to do anything more. Total momentum-killer.

FOURTH SHOT (12:47 p.m.): Pitching wedge from 132 yards out and lands it well above the flag. Gonna have about 20-25 feet just to save bogey from there. Didn’t see this coming after a nearly flawless front nine.

ON THE GREEN (12:51 p.m.): Rolls it past the hole and he’s not done. Gonna have to mark that and still has a few feet left for his double bogey. Ugly. Does get that one to drop, but it’s a rally-killing double bogey at the 10th.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (4 under overall)

Hole 9: Par 4, 399 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:22 p.m.): Looks like a 5-wood for Tiger here and he didn’t love it. Looks like the end result is alright though, left side of the fairway and swinging from the short stuff. Just one missed fairway so far this morning.

APPROACH SHOT (12:27 p.m.): Took plenty of time over that shot trying to get a feel for the wind from 144 yards out. Landed it above the hole on a front pin, gonna be a speedy putt coming down but safely on the green. Didn’t love the result but short is dead in the water, so at least he’s putting.

ON THE GREEN (12:32 p.m.): Missed a long, quick breaker on the pro side. Really tricky putt but it looks like he left himself in good shape for another tap-in par and a 4-under 32 on the front nine. That. Will. Work.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 9 (6 under overall)

Hole 8: Par 3, 189 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:14 p.m.): Center of the green, pin high, another birdie chance coming up. Maybe 15-20 feet from the cup. All systems go at the moment, don’t go anywhere folks.

ON THE GREEN (12:20 p.m.): Had the line but ran out of steam just a hair too soon. Tap-in par and that’s just fine. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 8 (6 under overall)

Hole 7: Par 5, 559 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:55 a.m.): Needs the big stick on this one with a hurting wind and he crushes it up the left side of the fairway. Good spot to be in and Woods stays on cruise control with another birdie chance coming up.

APPROACH SHOT (12:01 p.m.): Just a layup from 284 yards out and puts it in a good position, leaving 93 yards for his third shot. Should be able to dial something in here.

THIRD SHOT (12:05 p.m.): Another beauty with a wedge, leaves himself a birdie chance from what looks like inside 10 feet. Totally in control of his golf ball so far this morning.

ON THE GREEN (12:09 p.m.): Count it! Rattles it home on the uphill 7-footer and that’s his fourth birdie on the day. Inside the top 10! What a start. Just needs to keep finding fairways and he’ll have a chance to catch the leaders before they even tee off.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 7 (6 under overall)

Hole 6: Par 4, 443 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:41 a.m.): First driver of the day and it’s a good one. Hugs the left side of the fairway with a little bit of fade, lands safely in the fairway. Woods’ caddie Joe LaCava often says he’s thinking birdie every time Tiger’s in the fairway because he’s so good with his irons. Giving himself plenty of chances to do that early today.

APPROACH SHOT (11:47 a.m.): Had 160 yards to the hole and lands it long, but the ball trickles back to a really good position. Maybe 10-12 feet for birdie from there. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him make this given how locked in he’s looked around the greens early today. Looking like a guy who’s ready for Pebble.

ON THE GREEN (11:52 a.m.): No dice. Had 16 feet left for birdie and missed it below the hole, that was a quick one. But it’s another tap-in par and no harm done on what’s shaping up to be a special round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 6 (5 under overall)

Hole 5: Par 5, 506 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:26 a.m.): Can’t hit it any straighter than that. Fairway wood gets an immediate twirl from Tiger and he’s safely in the fairway, definitely going for the green in two. Another birdie here seems likely.

APPROACH SHOT (11:31 a.m.): Tiger is FEELING it. Had 3-iron from 237 yards out and puts it on a great line right at the flag. Lands all over it and scoots past the pin, we’re looking at a makable eagle putt from there and a chance to get to 4 under through 5 holes. Some kind of start brewing here.

ON THE GREEN (11:37 a.m.): Ouch. Eagle putt looked good but lipped out right at the end, settles for a tap-in birdie. Seems like he’s been confident with the putter all week, believe that’s three or four lip-outs already the past few days. Regardless, another birdie and we’re cruising.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 5 (5 under overall)

Hole 4: Par 3, 199 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:16 a.m.): Not bad at all. Sent it on a good line and safely finds the green, leaves about 20 feet for birdie. Tiger’s been pretty cautious on the short ones and it’s paying off – He’s 1-under on the par-3s so far this week.

ON THE GREEN (11:21 a.m.): Geez, nearly drained that one too. Tough, quick putt with a late break and he buzzed tower just on the right side of the cup. Great roll, tap-in par. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 4 (4 under overall)

Hole 3: Par 4, 406 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:02 a.m.): Going with less than driver and he loves it. Small club twirl, quick tee pick-up and we’re off and running. Should have a good chance to put something close here. We’re digging this start.

APPROACH SHOT (11:08 a.m.): Sand wedge from 127 yards and that is absolutely pure. Landed it just above the left side of the cup and spun it back to hole-high. Honestly looks like a tap-in birdie from there. Some kind of start we’re having here at Muirfield.

ON THE GREEN (11:12 a.m.): Takes care of business and taps that in for an easy birdie. You don’t want to miss the rest of this round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 3 (4 under overall)

Hole 2: Par 4, 442 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:49 a.m.): Not the best with a 5-wood, hugged the left side of the fairway the whole way and ball ends up in the rough. Looks like a tree might interfere with the approach shot but we’ll see what Tiger can come up with. In the meantime, enjoy the video of that opening birdie.

APPROACH SHOT (10:54 a.m.): Tree wasn’t blocking the ball flight but it created serious problems with his stance and follow-through. Figured out how to take a swipe at it and sent a low runner toward the green, looks like it ended up short in a greenside bunker. Worked out pretty well for him on the first hole.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:57 a.m.): WOW. That came about a half-inch from dropping again. Holy cow we were close to total pandemonium there, great shot from the bunker that he was able to get some spin on and nearly drop. Just tapped in for bar and we’ve seen more excitement the past two holes than the previous two rounds combined.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 (3 under overall)

Memorial Tournament Round 3

Hole 1: Par 4, 466 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:35 a.m.): Tiger gets the party started with a 5-wood and it’s perfect. Starting the morning from the short stuff after struggling off the tee to start Friday’s round. Good sign.

APPROACH SHOT (10:40 a.m.): Well that one hurts. Short discussion about taking 8 or 9 iron from about 175 yards out and looks like he made the wrong choice. Full 9 iron and swing looked good, but it’s short of the green and he’ll be trying to get up and down for par from there.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:45 a.m.): Hey Hey!! Tiger just holed out from the bunker for an opening birdie! How ’bout that? Might want to pay attention today if that’s how things are gonna go.

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

Pre-Round

Tiger Woods is back at it for Round 3 Saturday morning after an even-par 72 Friday at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Woods was cruising along at 4 under for the week before a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 15th put a damper on his second round. He enters Saturday’s third round at 2 under and seven shots behind co-leaders Martin Kaymer, Troy Merritt and Kyoung-Hoon Lee.

He’ll be teeing off alongside Ryan Armour at 10:35 a.m. Saturday for Round 3, and we’ll be following all the action with live shot-by-shot updates and analysis.

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