Highlights from Tiger Woods’ fourth round at Torrey Pines
The par-fest continues on the par-five 13th. (Hey, will Tiger eat a parfait after the round?) Three shots to the green, two putts for a par. On the par-four 14th, Woods flew his second shot 20 yards past the green but made a nice up-and-down save from there for par. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson takes the lead all by himself at -13. Woods is -3 for the tournament.
On the par-four 15th, Woods reaches the green in two, leaves his 19-foot birdie putt a foot short and taps in for a par. Woods’ tee shot on the par-three 16th stops 44 feet short of the hole. He two-putted from there for par.
Now the final two holes, with Tiger finishing up just as TV coverage begins. Tiger misses the green with his second shot on the par-four 17th, chips to 11 feet away, misses the putt by a foot and bogeys the hole. On his final hole of the tournament, the par-five 18th, Woods misses a 13-foot birdie putt and settles for another par. Bad day for Tiger, who shoots a three-over 75 and finishes the tournament at one-under, currently 12 shots behind co-leaders Bubba Watson and Jhonattan Vegas.
Tiger Woods misses the green with his second shot on the par-four seventh and two-putts for bogey. He finally has a breakthrough on the par-three eighth hole, hitting his tee shot one foot from the hole and tapping in for his first birdie of the day. Woods is three-under for the tournament, nine shots off the lead held by Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas, both of whom were minutes away from teeing off for the day as Tiger reached the eighth hole.
Tiger’s putter fails him again on the par-five ninth, as he can’t seem to get the mid-range putts to fall. He has a 15-footer for birdie but rolls it a foot past the hole and settles for par again. On the par-four 10th, he reached the green in two and made an 11-foot birdie putt. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson tied Phil Mickelson atop the leaderboard.
On the par-three 11th, Tiger’s drive stopped 38 feet from the pin. Two putts later, another par. More bad news on the par-four 12th, as Tiger’s drive found the fairway bunker, ending any chance of him reaching the green in two. Tiger has spent more time in the sand this tournament than David Hasselhoff on the final season of “Baywatch.” His third shot stopped 25 feet from the hole. He two-putted from there for a bogey.
Tiger Woods began the day eight shots off the lead at Torrey Pines, in 24th place, and his final round got off to a frustrating start on the first hole, when it seemed he had a sure birdie and let it slip through his fingers. After reaching the par-four hole in two, he had about an 8-foot putt for birdie, but his putt slid by, and he had to settle for par. And he repeats that on the par-four second hole, hitting his second shot 9 feet from the hole, missing the birdie and settling for par.
Tiger pars the par-three third, but three-putts on the par-four fourth and gets his first bogey of the day. Long birdie putts (over 30 feet) on both holes came up short. Four holes, three pars and a bogey. Is Tiger now an average golfer?
After hitting his second shot into the bunker on the par-four fifth hole, Woods blasted out to 9 feet from the hole and saved, you guessed it, par. Woods found the right rough with his second shot on the par-five sixth, hit it onto the green with his third shot and two-putted for par.
We’ll have another update after the 12th hole.
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