Tiger Woods at Bridgestone Invitational 2012 Tracker: Day 3 Highlights, Updates
After a miserable Friday, can Tiger Woods rebound and get back in contention at the WGC-Bridgestone Classic?
We will follow him every step of the way right here.
There was both some good and bad with Tiger Woods' round this morning at Firestone.
He hit most of the greens.
He was not yanking his drives hard right.
He made two long birdie putts.
On the minus side, his distance control with his wedge was bad. He was either long or short too much.
He missed most of his fairways left.
While his putting speed was better, he could not make those mid-range putts he is famous for.
While 11 shots behind currently, Tiger needs to spend tomorrow getting his game in place for next week's PGA.
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As noted earlier, weather is forcing them to regroup in threesomes tomorrow morning going off both tees starting at 8 a.m.
We will be back then to follow Tiger home.
Again, Tiger struggles with the approach and leaves it roughly 30 feet short for birdie.
As the sun breaks through, he misses just to the right and finishes with par.
A 68 today and even overall, Tiger is 11 behind as the leaders start their round.
On the last hole of the day, Woods nails a driver way down the par-four 18th and leaves himself with another short wedge to the pin.
With just 84 left, Tiger looks at a tucked-in pin on the front-left that has bunkers protecting the front and back.
Woods makes a great play, getting his ball to within a foot.
After having another approach go long, he makes a par from off he green and goes to the last hole two-under for the day.
Tiger overpowers his approach and misses long and left, leaving him on the back fringe about 40 feet away from the hole.
An iron off the shorter par-four 17th has Woods in the fairway again
Tiger's shot only went around 235 and he has 166 to the pin.
This pin should not be hard to find provided he does not go long. Cut center-right, the bunker that protect the front of the green should not be in play.
Longer putts do not seem to be a problem for tiger as he sinks his 28-footer for a birdie.
After hitting it right, Woods scrambles for his four.
Woods' third finds the green long. He will have around 28 feet down the hill towards the water for a birdie attempt.
He has hit greens today, hitting 13 of 15, but has only hit four out of 11 fairways.
Woods places his next shot on the fairway after advancing it 200 yards.
Lie must have not been that bad as his third is 154 from the pin but the pin is fully protected by water short.
Onto the monster 667-yard par-five 16th and Tiger has missed the fairway right for the third straight day. He is beyond the bunkers but surely has tree trouble and may have to layup again after he finally gets it in the fairway.
First right side miss of the day.
We lose television now so updates are going to not be as often.
Woods leaves himself around 27 feet long for birdie and just misses right.
Another kick-in par and remains one-under today.
Tee times have been pushed up for tomorrow. They will go threesomes off both tees starting bright and early at 8 a.m. (h/t Bob Harig)
Tiger on the par-three 15th implores his iron to go one more yard and it does for a pin high leave on he left side of the green.
With around 18 feet left for his birdie, Woods has a sneaky downhiller to the hole.
He did not read the speed right and left a tap-in short and right.
A par for Tiger again.
Tiger does not take driver on the 467-yard par-four 14th and places the ball in the middle of the fairway.
He has 186 to a nasty pin that is cut middle-front and with a bunker ready to get a short approach.
A seven-iron finds the green pin-high and he has a chance to get one back.
Tiger leaves himself around 50 feet for birdie. It will be an uphill effort that will break right-to-left by the hole.
He goes very aggressive with his putt and misses it left by seven feet.
A bit downhill, he pushes it long and right and makes a three-putt bogey.
Tiger misses the fairway left. A long drive, he has a wind-aided 133 to the pin cut just behind a bunker.
He finds the front edge of the green but is going to be happy to take his two-putt par.
With a 19-footer that will break right to left, Woods just misses.
He has a kick-in par though and makes it.
With a 7-iron on the par-three 12th, Woods aimed for the middle of the green and hit it. A couple of bounces and has a longer putt for birdie, but is in great shape for an easy par.
Woods has 35 feet for birdie below the hole. This time he reads it just right and sinks it for a birdie.
He moves to even on the week and two-under on the day.
Tiger takes the driver at 11 and looks to have missed it left off the fairway.
Branden Grace has the round of the day going, going out with a five-under 30. Grace has propelled himself into a tie for 12th.
Woods is definitely in that left-hand rough. He hit a tree branch but it does find the green but short of the right-back pin.
Woods leaves the birdie effort a touch short and right.
A tap-in for par and another missed chance after a long drive and a short approach.
Tiger's approach actually is pretty good, getting on the green and is 13 feet below for a birdie putt.
Not perfect, but better than it has been.
As he starts the back nine, he hammers a three-wood to the left side of the fairway 290 yards and has a wedge ready for his approach.
With a front-center pin, he has an excellent chance to get it close, provided he actually can hit the shot.
While he has played better so far today, he is treading water and not giving himself any real chance to score outside of that long birdie putt he hit early.
It is incredibly hazy and hot out there. While it is technically sunny, it really is not reaching down to the players.
Tiger's drive missed way left and he actually was lucky to get his approach that close.
He sinks the par putt and makes the turn at one-under today.
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