Highlights from Tiger Woods’ third round at Torrey Pines
9th hole, South Course, Par 5, 614 yards
Tiger’s powerful shot off the tee was well over 300 yards, maybe close to 335, but it stayed to the left and landed in the rough. His second shot? Nearly picture-perfect, landing him on the green, about 75 feet from the pin. On Friday, he parred this hole. Now he gives himself a chance to gain some ground. But a putt for eagle comes up short, maybe 8 feet from the hole. Tiger made it look easy this time, dropping it in as the crowd cheered. He is now back to five-under par. Meanwhile, the leaderboard has gotten crowded at the top. Haas, Mickelson, Watson, Jacobson and Anthony Kim suddenly are all at 10 under. Tiger’s playing partners today -- Sutherland and Vegas -- are at seven under. Rickie Fowler is at eight under.
8th hole, South Course, Par 3, 176 yards
Tiger opted for a seven-iron off the tee on this short hole. The ball landed past the green to the left intermediate. To get on the green, his chip shot needed to be delicate, but maybe he put a little too much power into it because it was long and left him with an 11-foot putt. But Tiger made that to save par, much to the delight of the gallery. Still at four under.
7th hole, South Course, Par 4, 462 yards
On Friday Tiger missed an 8-foot birdie putt on this hole. Saturday, having almost made an eagle on the last hole, he is about to start his own surge. His tee shot was a beautiful 300-yard drive, landing smack on the fairway to the right and away from the rough. Nice change of pace for him. With maybe about 150 yards to the hole, Tiger knew a birdie was at hand and didn’t flinch. His second shot was nearly perfect, putting him on the front of the green only 10 feet from the hole. The crowd loved it and the applause got louder. Then he flinched. His putt rolled three inches past the hole. He tapped it in to stay at four-under. Meanwhile, Fredrik Jacobson joined Haas at 10-under while Watson dropped to nine-under, where Mickelson remains.
6th hole, South Course, Par 5, 560 yards
On Friday Tiger birdied this hole with a spectacular 27-foot putt. He could only hope to repeat that performance, given how he has three bogeys so far. He walloped his tee shot, sending it more than 300 yards down the fairway -- but it landed in the right rough. He had a perfect lie though, and with 239 yards to the hole was able to get to the front of the green with his second shot. An eagle was possible, and he came oh-so-close, missing it by three inches. The crowd was really with him, as they gasped and then applauded that shot. Tiger dropped in the final putt for a birdie, and is back at four-under, six shots behind Haas, who has been joined at the top of the leaderboard by a surging Bubba Watson. Phil Mickelson is surging as well and is nine-under, one shot off the lead.
5th hole, South Course, Par 4, 454 yards
This was a shaky start for Tiger. His drive found the bunker on the right side of the fairway, in the rough, leaving him yet another lengthy bunker shot. He got out cleanly but landed in the front left greenside bunker. His ball seems to find the sand no matter what right now. The third shot got him on the green but he was left with a lengthy putt ? about 20 feet -- for par. It rolled just a few inches past from the hole. The gallery let out an “Ah-h-h.” Another bogey to put Tiger three-under but still seven shots back because leader Bill Haas is now only 10-under.
4th hole, South Course, Par 4, 488
Tiger’s tee shot, while nearly 300 yards long, landed in the left rough, while his second shot found the rough again, this time beyond the green to the left. His third shot for birdie missed the hole, leaving him a putt of about 6 feet. This he made easily, saving par amid polite applause from the gallery. He remains four-under, still seven shots behind leader Bill Haas.
3rd hole, South Course, Par 3, 300 yards
This could have been Tiger’s chance to get back to six-under. On Friday he birdied it. This time he again had a beautiful drive that landed smack on the green, leaving him about a 45-foot putt. But he putted long, going about 7 feet past the hole. Between bunkers and putting, this is suddenly shaping up to be a tough day for Tiger. He was muttering loudly, the crowd could hear an “Oh, no!” from him as his second putt was long too, a foot past the hole. The crowd groaned with him. He made that but walked away with another bogey, putting him 4 under, seven shots off the lead.
2nd hole, South Course, Par 4, 389 yards
Tiger’s tee shot flew about 275 yards to the right fairway, which looked good. But only for a moment. His second shot landed right in the sand of the right front greenside bunker. He hit out of it in one shot, but that shot went long, well past the pin, leaving him a putt of about 26 feet. He missed long and was left with about a 3-foot putt. That he made. The bogey put him at five under, six shots off the lead.
1st hole, South Course, Par 4, 450 yards
Tiger’s first drive of the day was a good one as he got past the bunkers in the middle of the fairway but landed in the rough. His second shot dropped in front of the green though on the edge of the left bunker. This gave him a chance for a birdie with the pin only 16 yards away. But his third shot ended up a foot short of the hole. He easily knocked it in for par, though, to stay six-under.
Tiger Woods begins the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open five shots behind leader Bill Haas and tied for 12th overall with four other players. Everyone plays the Torrey Pines South Course for the last two rounds, and on Saturday Woods will be playing with Kevin Sutherland and Jhonattan Vegas, the Venezuelan sensation who won his first PGA Tour event in only his fifth start last week at the Bob Hope Classic. During the first two days, players had one round on the North Course and one on the South. Only the South Course is used for the final two rounds. After the first 36 holes, scores had averaged nearly two shots higher for an 18-hole round on the South Course.
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