Tiger Woods shot 5-under 67 to move up the leaderboard in Round 3 of the BMW Championship.
For a shot-by-shot recap from Tiger Woods’ third round, follow along below.
Hole 18: Par 4, 435 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:51 p.m.): Not a good swing but he gets a member’s bounce from the trees left of the fairway. What a break. Ball settles in the short stuff and he’ll have a chance to put something close here.
APPROACH SHOT (2:56 p.m.): Nailed it. Landed it on the front of the green just below the hole with a 9-iron and looks to have 10-12 feet from there. Closing birdie for a 66 would make this his best score since the second round of the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.
ON THE GREEN (3:02 p.m.): Can’t get it to fall but finishes with a par and a bogey-free 67. Great day for Tiger and now has a shot to get to East Lake with another low one tomorrow.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-under 67 (7 under overall)
Hole 17: Par 3, 176 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:41 p.m.): Nothing wrong with that. Safely on the green, maybe 25 feet. Making a ton of progress and smart to avoid a disastrous miss there.
ON THE GREEN (2:46 p.m.): Good roll, left it just a tad short. Got a little careful with it. He’ll mark but shouldn’t have any trouble finishing up for par. Steady as she goes entering the last.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 17 (7 under overall)
Hole 16: Par 4, 476 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:29): Good one right down the middle of the fairway, gonna have about 174 yards from there.
APPROACH SHOT (2:33 p.m.): Safely on the green, short of the pin but an easy two-putt at the least coming up after making bogey here in Rounds 1 and 2.
ON THE GREEN (2:39 p.m.): Buckets!! Drains a long, breaking birdie and we have our first fist pump of the week. This is as sharp a round as we’ve seen from Tiger in a long time.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 16 (7 under overall)
Hole 15: Par 4, 338 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:13 p.m.): Just a layup with an iron and it’s perfect. Big, big approach shot coming up. Needs to keep his foot on the gas pedal.
APPROACH SHOT (2:19 p.m.): Not happy. Landed it on the green but spun off into the fringe. Should still be able to give it a go but should have been all over the flag from 100 yards out.
ON THE GREEN (2:25 p.m.): Just missed it. Gave it a run from the fringe but misses by a foot. Really disappointing par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 15 (6 under overall)
Hole 14: Par 5, 603 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:58 p.m.): That ain’t it. Big swing with the driver from Tiger and it’s way, way left. Nothing to do from there but lay up in the 75-100 yard range.
SECOND SHOT (2:04 p.m.): Another mistake there, moved it too much from right to left and the ball settles into the thick rough again. Tough to control the distance with a wedge from there, but he pulled off a great recovery shot yesterday in similar circumstances. We’ll see if he can do it again.
APPROACH SHOT (2:07 p.m.): Beauty. Got through it out of the rough and sticks it inside 10 feet. Seems like his distance control with the wedges has actually been better out of the rough than the fairway this week for some reason. Time to make a putt.
ON THE GREEN (2:11 p.m.): Bingo!! Drains that one for birdie from 8 feet and suddenly a round in the mid-60s seems attainable. Still needs another low one tomorrow for Tour Championship chances, but it’s not over yet.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 14 (6 under overall)
Hole 13: Par 3, 232 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:47 p.m.): Not bad. That’s not a fun shot to hit after an hour-long delay but Tiger sticks it on the back left fringe and will be putting. Can’t ask for much more than that given the circumstances. Certainly better than DJ, who just plunked one in the water.
ON THE GREEN (1:54 p.m.): Big, long bender on that one and a careful stroke from Tiger. Well done. Lags it to about a foot and taps in for par. Smooth sailing. Birdie time with the last par-5 on deck.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 13 (5 under overall)
Hole 12: Par 4, 451 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:18 p.m.): Driver again here and that is highly useful. Pipes one straight down the middle. Textbook. Seems like the rust is really starting to come off, would be a shame if this is his last start of the season.
APPROACH SHOT (12:23 p.m.): Fairways and greens is the name of the game right now. Safely on the putting surface, not as close as he’d like but should have a decent look. Maybe 20 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (12:27 p.m.): Another near-miss. Been a lot of those this week and he’s still hanging tough at 5 under. Par 3 coming up and then absolutely needs a birdie at the par-5 14th.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 12 (5 under overall)
Hole 11: Par 4, 442 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:06 p.m.): Another beauty off the tee. Game really starting to come together today, let’s see if he can keep it going here.
APPROACH SHOT (12:10 p.m.): Tight! Snuck it in there well within 10 feet on another pured iron shot. He looks as locked in right now as we’ve seen in months. Has to capitalize here.
ON THE GREEN (12:15 p.m.): Nope. Missed it below the hole from eight feet and taps in for a really disappointing par. Kicking himself a bit but he’s still locked in here, probably thinking he needs to get to 8 under at worst by the end of the day in order to have a chance at East Lake tomorrow.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 11 (5 under overall)
Hole 10: Par 5, 577 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:52 a.m.): Doesn’t even watch it land. No need. money all the way and settles on the right side of the fairway. All systems go.
APPROACH SHOT (11:57 a.m.): Sweet. On in two after a smooth fairway wood from maybe 250 yards out catches a piece of the green. Another eagle putt coming up and another chance to finally make a move.
ON THE GREEN (12:03 p.m.): Solid effort there, taps in for another no-sweat birdie and having a day. Needs to avoid the big mistake and put a few more circles on the card and he just might have a shot at the Tour Championship with another low one tomorrow.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 10 (5 under overall)
Hole 9: Par 4, 456 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:41 a.m.): Big, high bender over the trees with a driver and he’s safely in the fairway. Game looks solid today but he’s just running out of holes. East Lake looking more and more unlikely with every par today.
APPROACH SHOT (11:45 a.m.): Nothing wrong with that one. Well short of the flag but safely on to the center of the green and he’ll be putting from there.
ON THE GREEN (11:47 a.m.): Missed that lengthy birdie bid below the hole but shouldn’t have any trouble cleaning that up for par. A tidy 2-under 34 on the front nine.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 9 (4 under overall)
Hole 8: Par 3, 192 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:31 a.m.): Nicely done. Staring it down the whole way and lands about pin-high to the left of the flag. Good shot at another birdie here to start getting himself back in the tournament.
ON THE GREEN (11:36 a.m.): That’s cruel. Sent it on the right line but just a ball short. Taps in for par and it’s been that kind of week. Onward.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (4 under overall)
Hole 7: Par 5, 612 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:16 a.m.): Great swing with the driver there. Middle of the fairway, we’ll see if he can give it a go from there. Good birdie opportunity on deck.
APPROACH SHOT (11:21 a.m.): Okay, Tiger. What a shot. Had 294 yards with a fairway wood and smoked it right on line. Ball lands on the front of the green and rolls up inside 20 feet. Gonna have his first eagle putt of the week coming up and definitely swinging well this morning. Shot of the week so far.
ON THE GREEN (11:27 a.m.): Never had a chance on that eagle try and he still has work left for birdie. Really disappointing. Looked like a misread all the way. But he makes the comebacker for birdie for another circle on the card, that’ll get him up to T-39 on the week.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (4 under overall)
Hole 6: Par 4, 501 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:03 a.m.): Trouble. Got away from him again into the right rough and now he’s probably just trying to get something up in the vicinity of the green from the thick stuff.
APPROACH SHOT (11:07 a.m.): Chunks it out of there with a fairway wood and it runs through the fairway and into more rough short of the green. That’s not good.
THIRD SHOT (11:10 a.m.): Spectacular chip there. Perfectly judged from about 50 yards out and rolls pin-high, leaving a very makeable par putt.
ON THE GREEN (11:14 a.m.): Got it. Big-time par save there as Tiger drains a seven-footer to keep the scorecard clean through six holes. Gotta get something going soon.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 6 (3 under overall)
Hole 5: Par 5, 521 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:48 a.m.): Seemed a little concerned with the tee ball at first but it’s all good. Lands on the left side of the fairway and avoids a bunker over there, great opportunity for another birdie on the scorecard coming up.
APPROACH SHOT (10:54 a.m.): Looks like it came up just a bit short of the green but appeared to be on target from around 210 yards out. Shouldn’t be too tricky of a chip shot from there.
AROUND THE GREEN (10:57 a.m.): Not his best. Didn’t get much rollout and the ball stops well short of the flag. Gonna be about six feet for birdie from there.
ON THE GREEN (11:01 a.m.): Missed it. Just hasn’t been able to string any sort of momentum with the putter this week. It’s a highly-disappointing par after Tiger made birdie here in Rounds 1 and 2.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (3 under overall)
Hole 4: Par 4, 453 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:34 a.m.): Beauty. Just a fairway wood and it’s right down main street. Made bogey here on Thursday and par on Friday, probably thinking birdie today after that tee shot.
APPROACH SHOT (10:40 a.m.): We’re in business. Lands it hole-high to the left of the flag and definitely going to be able to give it a go. Looks to be in the 12-10 foot range. Gotta have it.
ON THE GREEN (10:44 a.m.): Walks it in. Pured that birdie roll from eight feet and it’s an early circle on the scorecard. Great hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (3 under overall)
Hole 3: Par 4, 414 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:24 a.m.): Pulls fairway wood and doesn’t like it. Faded well right and looked like it hit a tree before settling in the thick rough. Stopped short of the bunkers but that’s not where you want to be.
APPROACH SHOT (10:28 a.m.): Couldn’t really try to do too much with that from 163 yards out, doesn’t reach the green and looks like it’s just short in decent position.
AROUND THE GREEN (10:30 a.m.): Nifty wedge there (do people still say nifty?) to about 18 inches or so. He’ll tap that in for par no problem and we’re on to the fourth after another slow, steady start.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (2 under overall)
Hole 2: Par 3, 197 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:14 a.m.): Nothing much to that one, hits it safely on the front of the green and will have a lengthy birdie try from there. Taking a pretty conservative approach on the par-3s this week.
APPROACH SHOT (10:20 a.m.): Great lag from 55 feet. Really nice touch on that one and makes the remaining two-footer for par. Off to another steady start here at Medinah.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (2 under overall)
Hole 1: Par 4, 428 yards
OFF THE TEE (10 a.m.): Opening tee ball starts left of the fairway and doesn’t come all the way back. Didn’t look like all that bad a strike but gonna be starting the round from the thick stuff.
APPROACH SHOT (10:05 a.m.): Takes a healthy hack at that one and muscles it up to the front of the green from around 150 yards out. Looks like it came to rest on the fringe. Good one.
ON THE GREEN (10:10 a.m.): Too much pace on the birdie try. Long putt rolls well past the cup and now he has to save par from around seven feet. Tiger bears down and drains it for an opening 4 and we’re off and running.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (2 under overall)
Woods has been solid this week but not good enough for any sort of serious leaderboard movement – he enters Saturday’s 10 a.m. tee time with Dustin Johnson at 2 under overall, T-48 and 10 shots back of leader Hideki Matsuyama.
The putter has been holding Woods back in his efforts to make up ground this week. So far he’s been steady off the tee and was especially good with the driver Friday, but the key putts aren’t falling. He’s also been a little rusty with the short irons and wedges while working out some distance issues.
Woods has carded back-to-back rounds of 1-under 71 and needs to make a move Saturday if he hopes to return to the Tour Championship at East Lake. He’s currently projected to finish the week at No. 45 in the FedEx Cup standings and needs to get inside the top 30 over the next two days.