PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — After placing himself in competition coming into the weekend, Tiger Woods shot his lowest spherical on the PGA Tour since 2015 Saturday in Spherical Three of the Honda Basic.
Woods posted a 1-under 69 and thru a lot of the spherical was related not due to who he’s however due to what he was doing. He went on a ballstriking tear from holes No. 7-11, giving himself respectable birdie take a look at every of them and reminding everybody what he can do when wholesome and locked in.
He managed just one birdie in that stretch, however the tee pictures have been so pure and the approaches so dialed in that it appears solely a matter of time earlier than Woods will be capable to put up a robust quantity.
“I’m making some tweaks in my golf swing, but in addition beginning to perceive what this physique can do,” Woods mentioned. “It’s not prefer it was. These angles are gone. So I’ve needed to make slightly little bit of changes right here and there and I believe I’ve completed that, and I believe I’ve completed a fairly good job of simply type of step by step constructing it collectively. You recognize, as we speak was the perfect I’ve hit it and I believed (Friday) was fairly good, however as we speak was slightly higher.”
Jason Dufner, who shot even-par 70 in the identical group, mentioned he performed with Tiger a number of occasions at Medalist Golf Membership in Hobe Sound, Fla., earlier than Woods’ season debut on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open. Possibly that’s why he didn’t appear too stunned with Woods’ ballstriking Saturday.
“I don’t assume he’s that distant,” Dufner mentioned. “Most likely gained’t take him that lengthy if he’s wholesome. He’s a sensible man, he’ll work out what it takes to play good golf.”
We’re nonetheless within the very early levels of the most recent comeback and the rust is clear at occasions. Woods made bogey on the par-Three 15th and bogey on the par-Three 17th, lacking the inexperienced by a wholesome margin in each situations. But he almost pulled off a ridiculous flop shot over a bunker from the left facet tough at No. 15, his ball touchdown on the perimeter of the inexperienced however by no means releasing.
“That will have been silly good,” Dufner mentioned.
Woods nonetheless has an outdoor shot to win however sits seven pictures off the lead at even par and is T-11 coming into Sunday’s ultimate spherical. However he’s hitting it so effectively he may simply be at or close to the highest of the leaderboard.
Woods ranks No. 2 within the subject in proximity to the outlet on strategy pictures via three rounds. He’s working the ball in all the appropriate locations however hasn’t had a ton of luck with the putter, although he did have one other enormous par-save Saturday with a 16-foot make at No. 12.
“Highest rating I may have probably shot as we speak,” Woods mentioned. “I actually hit it good. I actually had good management of it as we speak. … General, I really feel more than happy to shoot one thing within the pink and provides myself an opportunity going into tomorrow. We’ll see what occurs.”
Consider that is simply Woods’ third begin of the season and he’s doing this on one of many hardest programs gamers will see all yr. And he’s scored higher than all however 14 guys within the subject, nearly all of that are youthful and enjoying on a way more constant foundation.
Woods is beginning to get extra snug along with his new swing, he’s beginning to get extra constant off the tee, and total the Honda Basic is starting to really feel like the beginning of one thing huge.
What Tiger Woods mentioned after third-round 1-under 69 at Honda Basic
Highlights from Tiger Woods’ third-round 1-under 69 at Honda Basic