After trailing by nine shots in his round, Tiger Woods stormed back to a five-under-par-66 on Saturday. Tiger Woods is back.
So what does Tiger need to do to continue his run for contention?
Maybe the first thing he needs is already there: confidence.
On the 16th hole, a birdie putt dropped in. Woods pumped his fist with the kind of enthusiasm that had been missing all week. He clearly felt it.
The second thing that needs to happen also started on Saturday. He needed the leaders' golf games to start faltering.
While Woods' charge was taking place, Friday's hero, Phil Mickelson, was dumping balls into traps and tall grass as well as attempting shots right-handed. McDowell was playing match play with Johnson, both grinding to keep their edge while all attention turned to Tiger.
The third thing that is needed is a return to the fear that has engulfed previous tournaments; that is, that Tiger is The Man and you have no chance.
The guy who routinely sent his peers to the psychiatrist's couch emerged from the depths, matching the best score of the tournament.
But he's still five strokes back and has never come from behind on the final day to win a major championship—an anomaly once seemed as sure to wither as those competitors all around him.
Leader Dustin Johnson also shot a 66, good for a three-shot lead in the U.S. Open going into the final round on Sunday.
The fourth thing Tiger needs to do is to hit the ball long. The U.S. Golf Association moved the tees forward on No. 4 to make it play 284 yards up the hill and tempt players to try to drive the green.
The final thing Woods needs to do is to forget the past.
Woods has never won any of his 14 majors when he had to play catch up or wasn’t tied for the lead going into the final round.
He has to hope that this year is different.
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