"I think Tiger photo-bombed me, personally," Palmer said Thursday.
Tongue placed firmly in cheek, the
Picture this: Those photographers focused their attention on Palmer on Thursday during the
"When you get to where people are taking pictures of you walking, then you know you're playing good," Palmer said.
Woods made no impact with a three-over 74, but
"My swing is in a very good place," McIlroy said.
McIlroy almost tied the leaders with an eagle on No. 18, but his putt appeared to hit a spike mark inches from the hole and slid just wide. As it stood, McIlroy carded eight birdies, including four straight after he became "very, very hot" for reasons other than his scorching play.
McIlroy made a double bogey on the par-five 10th after blasting his second shot over a fence and out of bounds. Bad shots happen, even for the world's top-ranked player. But what upset McIlroy was following that with a three-putt bogey on the par-three 11th.
"Walking to the 12th tee, I was muttering a few things to myself," he said.
Whatever they were, they worked. McIlroy's approach shot on the difficult par-four 12th looked pure from the start, and his birdie binge began.
"It just shows where my game is mentally right now," he said.
Westwood — the
A final-round 63 at the Bridgestone emboldened him, and he closed his nine-birdie round Thursday with four in a row, including a 35-foot bomb on the ninth.
"I'm just not a patient person, and I get frustrated really quickly when I know I can play better than I'm actually doing," Westwood said.
This major has produced some unexpected winners over the years, and Palmer and Chappell would love to join the group. Heck, Chappell, a former
"I guess I was in a good rhythm out there," he said.
So was Palmer, who clearly relished his moment in the camera's eye. Though he has two runner-up finishes this year and three smaller PGA Tour wins to his name, he has never finished higher than 10th in a major.
That didn't stop him from happily admitting that he watches leaderboards and that he aimed to break the major championship scoring record of 63 when he sat at seven under with two holes to play. A bogey on the par-three eighth derailed him.
"We'll go out tomorrow and keep going for it," Palmer said.
The cameras — and a hungry, bunched-up field — will be ready.