Tiger Woods in contention in final round

12 August, 2018, 22:41 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Eldrick Woods wasn't the only "Tiger" turning heads Saturday during the third round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive. This golf course is very gettable. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather. I'm delighted to be where I am and looking forward to the afternoon and tomorrow. Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself because you're trying to downplay it yourself a little bit, but it's a pretty intense environment out there.

Conditions are sweltering at the St Louis track and Lowry must now wait until around 7pm (Irish time) to begin his third round, which would allow the Esker Hills man to get back to the hotel for a well-earned break. "And it's going to teach me a lesson to do that for the rest of my life". Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under.

"Putts like that are huge, weeks like this, but it was a straightforward putt, it was seven feet and it was right edge up the hill, it is the putt you want to leave yourself, and it was clever with the chip shot". The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball. "So, yeah, special day for me today".

In nearly 40 years as a sportswriter, I can't recall any organization doing as through a job supplying information as the PGA does for the fourth major.

"I can think of plenty of people along the way telling me I'll be nothing", he had said the other day, "working at McDonald's, doing things like that". "Going to have to make a lot of birdies".

"I have my dad here to watch. Look, it doesn't get much better".


Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy sits well inside the cut on three under par with a solid 67.

As word spread that Woods was on the charge, those who weren't already following the former world number one were soon scrambling to join crowds that were 12-deep and lined almost every hole from tee to green. After netting five birdies on the front nine, he'd shot even par since, and to knock his score down to 10 under for the tournament would have done wonders.

"I've worked my way into a chance to win this tournament just to throw it away on a bad decision", said Spieth. He left at least two strokes on the back nine, and an argument could be made that he could have been six better than he ended up.

Tiger stormed into contention with back-to-back birdies to start his third round. He rolled in the putt for his fifth birdie in eight holes, which moved him into a tie for third. That set Woods up for a fantastic escape out of the sand, over the tree line and just a few yards from the pin. After the slow start on Thursday saw him play the first two holes in 3 over par, he has played the remaining 52 holes in 11 under. As Woods ground out the back nine on Saturday, tens of thousands of fans walked and whispered and roared as if he was marching toward a win, as if he had this thing in hand. "And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one".

Padraig Harrington missed out on a place in round three.

This is his first PGA since 2015, when he shot 75-73 and missed the cut.

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