Tiger Woods digs deep to stay in contention after 69 on day three at Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods highlighted the value of two”huge” par-saves within his next round as his hopes of earning PGA Tour history remained living in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods made a early movement following a two-hour fog delay Saturday morning in Torrey Pines, making birdies in a couple of the 3 holes before chipping in to save par at the fourth to remain at six under.
Even the 44-year-old then birdied the two par-fives on front nine to turn in 32 and two off the lead, although he suffered a discount from 60 feet to the 11th using a three-putt bogey and found the half harder moving.
Woods dug deep into grind out a set of pars, but he seemed certain to finish his evening with a disappointing bogey-six when, after being forced to lay-up in the left fairway bunkerhe overhit his third with a wedge and found the sand at the rear of the green.
With small green to use and a back-to-front slope to deal with, his splash-out trundled 15 feet past the hole before he settled himself knocked in a certain par-saving putt to shut a 69 – seven under par for the tournament and five behind Jon Rahm.
Asked about his chip-in in the fourth, Woods explained:”This was massive. I got off to a quick start and salvaged it with a wonderful little chip.”
He was thankful to scramble a level that keeps him in touch with chief Rahm, although he admitted he will need a unique round, although the seven-time winner was infuriated with his initial mistake about the past.
“Here I’m with a wedge in my hand, and that I should be making a birdie at 18,” he added. “And afterward, I’ve got a 15-footer for par. But it was essential to make that putt to sew the around at the conclusion.
“I’m going to need to take a pretty good around tomorrow. I’ll have my work cut out for me. I’m going to get to go out and place a number and hopefully it’ll be good enough.”
Woods disclosed when the start of play was held up, with all the descending fog additionally causing temperatures to 28, he means to remain warm.
“When we were warming up, I kept delaying it before the fog set up and I went to the vehicle and turned on the heater !”