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After completing the first two rounds 1-1 and barely losing out on the Players Championship, Tiger Woods came out on Saturday.
The 14-time Major Champion has batted eight of his first 12 holes en route to a 7-under-65 (his best ever ever in 66 rounds at The Players) and the PGA Tour event ranking in the Height shot.
Commonly known as Golf's Fifth Major Woods has won the event twice (2001 and 2013) in 17 games due to his prestige at the tour, the famous TPC Sawgrass Course and the big winners' exchange. He has not contested the tournament since 2015, when he tied for the 69th.
Tiger makes one last push while swinging his Sunday red, and dances at 14.05. ET next to Jordan Spieth for the final round of the Players Championship.
Track record?: Brooks Koepka runs to the last hole, Tie Record with 63
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Hole 11 – Par 5
Nothing to see, just another perfect drive from Tiger in the middle of the fairway.
Hole 10 – Par 4
Tiger hits a clean, deep-flying Stinger with an iron from the tee to start his Nine. He follows this with a skillful approach nestling close to the hole for a birdie shot. Tiger misses the one right but knocks for par. 4-under 10 (12-under for the tournament).
Thoughts at the Turn
Two words: Vintage Tiger. He's been saying for weeks that he's about to get back to his level and we've seen that in the last two days. He smokes his drivers off the tee, his approach shots are where they need to be and the putts finally fall. It's a long time to catch Webb Simpson, but that's tournament-won golf from Tiger.
Hole 9 – Par 5
Handle it. Tear it up. Swirl it. Tiger smokes that one 320-yard on the left side of the fairway of the tea. Tiger tried to form his shot from right to left around some trees, but instead missed the green on the right. He avoids two mini green bunkers, but is in the rough. His chip is short, but Tiger sinks the birdie putt on a map 4-under 32 at the front . (12-under for the tournament)
Hole 8 – Par 3
Dead left of the tee here. Tiger finds the left green bunker on # 8. Tiger got creative when he came out of the bunker, struck a long time and trickled down a slope on the green. He has a chance of pacing up and down and drills the 7-foot to save par. 3-under 8 (11-under for the tournament)
Hole 7 – Par 4
YAHTZEE! MASHED POTATOES! Tiger crushes his ride here again. He pleaded for his approach of "going hard," but instead he found the front green bunker. It's a pretty good out with not working a lot of green, and Tiger is able to go up and down for par. 3-under 7 (11-under for the tournament)
Hole 6 – Par 4
Tiger ironing the tea on No. 6 and jumping from the rough into the fairway. From a distance of 135 meters, he puts this behind the pin to see four birdies in a row. The birdie putt was close by, but he's about to tap-in for par. 3-under 6 (11 under the tournament)
Hole 5 – Par 4
Another perfect ride from Tiger. He really broke this one here. His approach lands close to the hole and only passes a bit, but it's a shot for a third birdie in a row. No doubt here, this ball looked like it was meant for the cup. These are three birdies in a row to reach 3 under 5 (11-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tigers tee is the left side of the fairway and his approach is borderline perfect. It runs down a slope on the green and nestles next to the cup. Another (DJ Khaled voice). Tiger gets two consecutive birdies and drops to 2-under 4 (10-under for the tournament).
Ranking Update: Webb Simpson just patted and leads the field seven shots at 19-under. Danny Lee is second at 12 under.
Hole 3 – Par 3
He went straight to this. A pretty straight shot finds the middle of the green. It is relatively flat so Tiger Birdie can see well here. Chip, twitter, twitter: the putt falls. 1-under 3 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 5
Well, this one went right. Tiger 3-Wood from the tea is in the pine straw and could be in some trouble with the trees. He is able to drive to the fairway, but his approach to the green takes a long time. He throws a useful chip within a few yards to go up and down. Par. Even by 2 (8 under the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
BOOM. Tiger pulls the big dog number 1 and smokes it in the middle of the fairway. His approach shot only runs down from the green and he decides to go next. Not a bad look here, but it's a two-putt par. Even up to 1 (8-under for the tournament).