Tiger Woods is still looking for his first victory in his latest return to the PGA Tour, and this weekend in Akron, Ohio might be his best chance to win.
Woods’ last win on Tour came at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the 14-time major champion is back on the course this week at Firestone Country Club. Woods shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday and a 2-under 68 on Friday to remain in contention.
To say Woods has dominated the event is an understatement. He’s won the event eight times, accruing $10,805,625 in total earnings according to the European Tour. That means each finish was worth $831,202, each round $207,800, each hole $11,544 and each shot $3,046.
Woods tees off at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday alongside Marc Leishman. Will he get closer to his ninth win at Firestone? Follow along for shot-by-shot analysis of his third round.
Hole 9 – Par 4
Another great drive for Tiger, who has just looked uncomfortable all day so far. This one trickles into the right rough, but shouldn’t have any issues from there. Another good approach here from Tiger, coming to rest within 10 feet of the cup for a chance to get back to even and ride some momentum to the back.
Hole 8 – Par 4
Tiger smoked his drive down the fairway, catching a slope and rolling to a stop at 361-yards down the right side. His wedge is just as nice, rolling within a few feet of the cup for his first true birdie chance. Another missed opportunity as Tiger buzzes this one by the left edge. Another par. 1-over thru 8 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 7 – Par 3
It’s a front-left pin placement here on No. 7, guarded by a bunker. Tiger stared this one down but not for good reason. He misses left in the rough. His chip from the rough doesn’t go far enough, leaving a 7-foot par save that misses right. The struggles continue for Tiger, who drops his first shot of the round. 1-over thru 7 (5-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Justin Thomas has the early lead at 12-under par, followed by Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day and and Ian Poulter at 11-under.
Hole 6 – Par 4
Driver here for TW and it’s a great shot that finds the center of the fairway. The approach struggles continue, but at least this one’s on the green. He’s around 25 feet left of the hole, but it’s a birdie putt. This one breaks to the right, but didn’t have enough speed. Another par. Even thru 6 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 5 – Par 3
Tiger needs to get going, but fails to find the green on this par 3, coming up short of the green. He chips this one into a bank and it rolls about two feet past the cup. Another up-and-down par save. If he doesn’t start scoring, he’s going to get lapped today. Even thru 5 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tiger’s drive goes down the left side of the fairway and ends up in the first cut rough. He sticks his approach safely on the green, right around 20 feet below the cup. Good speed, wrong line as Tiger’s run towards the hole goes a little right. Another par. Even thru 4 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 4
Oh, boy. Tiger’s tee shot on No. 3 goes dead left, hits some trees and comes right down. He’s lucky if that went 150-yards. His recovery shot from there is in the middle of the fairway, leaving for a good chance to get up-and-down from around 100 yards. He needed to get this one close, and Tiger went pin-seeking, tucking this within a few feet. Even thru 3 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 5
Tiger goes driver on No. 2 and this one goes left, into the trees with the gallery. He’s got a good lie on trampled down grass, with a good angle to get out into the fairway, and maybe even attack and get close to the green if he’s feeling risky. He plays it safe, hooking it around the gallery and trees back into the fairway. His approach and scrambling abilities have been solid all week, but this is another poor shot into a green. He’s on the dance floor, but further away from the hole than partner Leishman, who will be putting for eagle. He gives this one a good run, but it comes up short and right. Par. Even thru 2 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Tiger gets going on moving day at Firestone with a beauty of an iron off the tee down the left side of the fairway. He had a good look at the green but doesn’t take advantage. He lands it on the green, not close to the cup, and spins it off of the green. His approach chip from there comes within 10 feet, and he saves par, avoiding a costly early bogey unlike yesterday. Even thru 1 (6-under for the tournament).