The round started with promise and ended in disaster. Here are a few thoughts and observations after Tiger Woods’ third round at the BMW Championship, as the reigning Masters champ now has just one round left in his 2019-20 season:
• After two days of struggling amid difficult conditions, Woods came out of the gates strong with an early-morning time alongside PGA champ Collin Morikawa. Two birdies in his first five holes helped him make the turn in 2 under, and Woods didn’t drop a shot over his first nine holes.
• But almost immediately after making the turn, things started to go south. He didn’t hit a fairway until No. 18, a run of seven misses in a row off the tee, and was left to scramble on nearly every hole simply to stay under par for the round.
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• Things fell apart on the par-4 17th, where his tee shot sailed into the water and his approach hooked into the trees. It led to a triple-bogey 7 and the biggest blemish in a round of 2-over 72. After the round, Woods declined to speak with the media for the second straight day.
• The final stat line on a round that began with some promising signs and ended with his ball-striking falling apart at the seams: 6 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens in regulation and 29 putts.
• His trusty Scotty Cameron putter, which had been temperamental through the first two rounds, decided to cooperate more from short range. But a 10-foot par save on No. 14 was his longest make of the day, with birdies on Nos. 3 and 5 both coming from short makes. All told, Woods holed less than 63 feet of putts on the round – by far his lowest total of the tournament.