Tracker: Tiger Woods leads by 3, final round suspended at Zozo

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Tracker: Tiger Woods leads by 3, final round suspended at Zozo

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Tracker: Tiger Woods leads by 3, final round suspended at Zozo

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After 54 holes, Tiger Woods held a three-shot lead and is in prime position to tie Sam Snead’s record of 82nd PGA Tour wins.

Woods shot consecutive rounds of 6-under 64 at the inaugural Zozo Championship at Accordia Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, and followed up with an 4-under 66 Saturday night in the third round.

Through 11 holes of his final round, Woods was 2 under (-18 overall), three shots ahead of Hideki Matsuyama.

Sunday’s live TV coverage will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Follow Woods’ round with shot-by-shot analysis below when the final round resumes on Monday in Japan, Sunday in North America.

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Hole 11 – Par 4

Another driver into the rough. Just isn’t as polished as he was the first two rounds off the tee. From the rough his approach comes up short again. From there he hits a gorgeous chip to set up a tap-in par. That’s the final hole of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 11 (18 under overall). Leads by three.

Hole 10 – Par 4

To start the back we’ve got a fairway metal off the tee and it’s into the right rough. Should be okay over there. He went pin-seeking here but winds up 20-plus feet after the roll. Really caught that one clean. Two putt par, solid effort from there to clean up the hole and keep his five-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (18 under overall).

Hole 9 – Par 4

The lead is now five and just like on No. 8, TW’s drive finds the fairway. His approach is just as nice, right at the flag. Shall we close out the first nine of the final round with a birdie? Oh. We shall not. Just misses this one, but hey, two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 9 (18 under overall).

Hole 8 – Par 4

Driver here on No. 8 finds the right side of the fairway. When he hits fairways … he makes birdie … just saying. He puts some English on this approach and spins back to inside 15 feet. But guess what? It’s another two-putt par, because why not?

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (18 under overall).

Hole 7 – Par 3

Middle of the green here with his tee shot. It’s a birdie chance, uphill, just he way he likes ’em. Pace and line didn’t quite match, but both were solid. Two-putt par. He’ll take that all day long.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (18 under overall).

Hole 6 – Par 5

Back to the driver and this one is nice and smooth down the fairway. He goes for the green in two here and misses to the left with a fairway metal. He winds up in a retention area left of the green, with an uphill chip awaiting. Could get frisky here. He’s shortsided, not much to work with, and still manages to get inside five feet. Anotha one (DJ Khaled voice, a reference only like 10 of you reading will probably understand). Birdie. Four shots up.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (18 under overall).

Hole 5 – Par 3

Here we go! Tiger has a chance to bounce back after a perfect tee shot here on the first par 3 of his final round. He sticks it inside 8 feet and cans the birdie putt. Nobody this weekend is hitting their irons like Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (17 under overall).

Hole 4 – Par 4

Tiger’s a man of the people on this hole, blasting his driver into the gallery on the right. His recovery is nice, but comes up short. Time to scramble again. No beating around the bush here: The chip was a poor effort and the par putt misses. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (16 under overall).

Hole 3 – Par 3

We’re testing the short game here on the par-3 third. The tee shot misses the green, so he’ll need to scramble for this par. His chip is pretty solid, but it’s a couple feet away. Just outside the friendship gimme zone if you’re playing with your friends. He converts. Moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under 3 (17 under overall).

Hole 2 – Par 4

Tiger goes iron here on No. 2 and boy is it perfect. His approach on is inside 20 feet, probably closer to 15. Let’s see if the putter is still hot. Nope. This one slides past and he taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under 2 (17 under overall).

Hole 1 – Par 4

We start the final round with a fairway metal and it’s in the short stuff. His iron play stays hot and he sticks this one to seven feet and cans the birdie. This tournament is his to lose. Leads by three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under 1 (17 under overall).

Pre-round

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Hole 18 – Par 5

Hmm. Goes with the fairway wood here on the par 5 18th. Slightly conservative, but I guess that’s what you can do with a four-shot lead with 19 holes to play. He’s in the short stuff, so, objective complete. He’s home in two here with a 4 iron from a little outside 200 yards. In fact, he’s a little long. It’s a front pin and Tiger’s on the back edge of the green. Never really gave this one a shot for eagle, and he knew his birdie putt from eight feet didn’t have a shot either. Frustrated, he walks after this one and taps in for a disappointing par to cap off an impressive round. Leads by three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under 66 (16 under overall).

Hole 17 – Par 4

He’s starting to struggle a bit off the tee late in this round. He finds the left rough with driver. His recovery shots have been great all week. From the rough he safely finds the green. Shouldn’t drop a shot here and has a chance to pick up another at the par-5 18th awaiting. Woodland made a real mess of the 17th, so Tiger has some waiting to do. When he finally got to play, his putt lags up to a foot, and he knew as soon as he hit it that it had no chance. He walks it down, taps it in, and walks to 18 with a four-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 17 (16 under overall).

Hole 16 – Par 3

Nothing flashy here, just a useful shot to the center of the green. We’re once again in two-putt par territory. The birdie putt comes up just short, but the Big Cat cleans up for his par. Two to play in this third round. Remember, they won’t re-pair, and there till be 45 minutes between his end of the third round and start of the fourth. They want to play 27 today and finish tomorrow … we’ll see.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 16 (16 under overall).

Hole 15 – Par 4

Another missed fairway, this time with a 3-wood. Despite the rough Tiger still manages to muscle this one up on the green. Not much to say here. Two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 15 (16 under overall).

Hole 14 – Par 5

Oooh, boy. This one went right. Very right. With driver! He’s been mashing that bad boy all day. Can’t be perfect all the time I guess. He’s not getting home in two here, but his layup sets up a great up-and-down birdie chance. He’s in the fairway slightly outside of, let’s say, 50 yards? Flip wedge from there is, well, bad. He comes up a good couple yards short of the green and he’ll need to get nifty from there. It was an elevated green but he needs to do better than that, frankly. Gary Woodland did the same thing, so maybe it’s a harder shot than I thought. Anyways. From the rough in front of the green Tiger catches this one real clean and it coasts past the cup. He’s got eight feet for par left. That was not an easy putt, with some serious left-to-right break. This one just dives below and he taps in for bogey. First one since the opening hole. Drops a shot but still up four.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 14 (16 under overall).

Hole 13 – Par 3

It’s just not fair. It’s really not. Tiger’s tee shot sticks inside 10 feet and he makes the putt. There’s nothing else to say other than just “wow.” This is fun.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 13 (17 under overall).

Hole 12 – Par 4

Nothing to see here, just another driver in the fairway. I haven’t seen him in this much control of his game from top-to-bottom since Augusta. He won there in case y’all forgot. The Masters last year. That happened. Front pin here on No. 12 and Tiger just barely finds the green. His put will have a little movement from there, which means he’ll probably make it. Left this one a little high, never really had a chance to fall. Par. Moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 12 (16 under overall).

Hole 11 – Par 4

MASHED POTATOES! Driver here on No. 11 is smoked down the left side of the fairway. When he hits fairways he’s been absolutely dialed-in with his approaches, and that trend continues on this one. He’s inside 15 feet for yet another birdie putt. Cruising here on Moving Day. He literally cannot miss. Curls this one in and gets his lead back to four. Hideki Matsuyama keeps trying to cut into the lead but the Big Cat keeps running away.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 11 (16 under overall).

Hole 10 – Par 4

Fairway metal. Club twirl. He’s down the center of the fairway but has a bit of an awkward lie with the slope. From just outside 160 yards, Tiger finds the green below the pin and is inside 20 feet. Not too shabby. Oh, boy. He burns the edge with the birdie putt and cleans up a testy four-footer for par. That’ll do.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 10 (15 under overall).

Hole 9 – Par 4

Tee shot finds the fairway down the right side. He just looks so in control, something we didn’t really see too much at the end of last season. His approach is pretty poor compared to what he’s been doing all day, just missing the green on the fringe. He looks a little perplexed after his chip there. Leaves this one well short of the hole and will need to drop a long par putt to avoid a second bogey (first since No. 1). Okay now I think he’s just showing off and got bored with making birdies. Center cup from outside 10 feet for a fantastic par save. Makes the turn at 3-under 31 with a four-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 9 (15 under overall).

Hole 8 – Par 4

Fairway metal here on No. 8 and it’s a beauty down the fairway. Tiger’s been clinical with his irons this week and this hole is no different. He stuffs this one inside 10 feet and once again has a chance to extend his lead. He converts for a fourth birdie in his last six holes. Three-shot lead. TW’s on cruise control.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 8 (15 under overall).

Hole 7 – Par 3

It’s a front pin, guarded to the left by a bunker, and Tiger launches this one. He’s on the back-half of the green but didn’t go pin-seeking here. Nothing really to say other than two-putt par.

LOL remember when he started this tournament with three bogeys? Two-shot lead. Moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (14 under overall).

Hole 6 – Par 5

Alright stop … hammer time. TW smoked this drive but it appears to have run through the fairway. Tiger’s 3 under on par 5’s this week, but has only made par on No. 6 so far this week. First cut rough for Tiger and he pulls a fairway metal from 250 out. It doesn’t get to the green, instead just checking up in front of the dance floor. Should be able to get up-and-down from there for birdie to extend the lead. Tiger hits a tasty chip to about five feet and converts for his third birdie in four holes. Big Cat’s feeling it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (14 under overall).

Hole 5 – Par 3

Safe shot here for Tiger, finds the green left of the pin. The way he’s been putting you might as well just pencil in a 2 and circle that bad boy now (I kid, I kid … sort of). He gave this one a good look but just doesn’t match his pace with the proper line. Taps in for par. Three-shot lead still in-tact.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (13 under overall).

Hole 4 – Par 4

Hey! There’s a fairway! The Big Cat pulls the Big Stick and hits a beauty that cuts left-to-right and he finds the short grass. B-e-a-utiful swing. He had 213 yards to the pin and this one just climbs onto the green. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? If he’s going to putt like this, just give him the trophy now, folks. No need to play anymore. This is the Tiger of old. Curling putt from right-to-left from deep and Tiger drops it like it’s a simple four footer. What a putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (13 under overall).

Hole 3 – Par 3

8-iron here for Tiger and he goes pin seeking. He lands this one just above the hole, right around 8-10 feet. It’s a perfect tee shot to set up a birdie to get back to even on the round. Keegan Bradley canned a long birdie and Tiger follows suit, curling this one into the bottom of the cup. Man, his putter has been solid this week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (12 under overall).

Hole 2 – Par 4

Tiger clubs down on this one with an iron but misses the fairway once again. He hit well off the tee in the first round, struggled a bit yesterday and is off to a slow start today. Back right pin placement here at No. 2 and this one finds the front half of the green. He’ll have another lengthy putt. Perfect speed here, just didn’t play enough break. Cleans up for par. Next.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (11 under overall).

Hole 1 – Par 4

With crowds back on the grounds today Tiger got quite the welcome from the Japanese fans on the first tee. His tee shot goes a little right, ultimately finding the rough. His first approach of the day finds the green but he’s nowhere near the pin. We start the day with a lengthy birdie putt. This putt was about the entire length of the green, and TW lags it up to about five feet. Not a bad putt from distance but he left way too much to clean up for par. His second putt misses and he taps in for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 1 (11 under overall).

Pre-round

It’s Sunday in Japan, but Tiger is leaving his classic red for Monday’s final round and going with a blue shirt/black vest combination today. Clean look.

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