Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods (-9) bogeys, but only 2 back Sunday at PGA


Tiger Woods begins Sunday at the PGA Championship four back and looks to charge toward his 15th major title.

Will he make things interesting in the final round at Bellerive?

We will follow his quest, shot by shot, below:

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 399 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:49 p.m. ET): That’s an iron for Tiger of the tee and that is terrible. He flails that one out to the right and this misses in the right rough. He’s back a bit, too. Tiger has been awful off the tee today. He is 0/5 on fairways. Yeah, tough to see him winning if that continues.

APPROACH SHOT (3:54 p.m. ET): Horrible lie from inside 160 yards and that actually ends up OK. It lands on the green a bit past hole-high and bounces just over the green in rough. Lie is good over there and he has plenty of green to work with. That up and down isn’t tough. Tiger is back within two, by the way, after a Koepka bogey.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:57 p.m. ET): OK, we were wrong. The lie was bad. But Tiger plays a nifty shot that finishes 4 feet left of the cup. That’s pretty nice, and this would be a nice par save with a par 5 upcoming.

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 223 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:39 p.m. ET): Well, Tiger is making himself work. He takes 4-iron here and flushes this 15 feet left of the pin, but it carries to the back fringe, and hits a downslope and caroms into a back bunker. That may be on a tiny downslope, too. Some green to work with to that pin, but water is on the other side. This could be his most difficult up and down yet.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:44 p.m. ET): That was no good. Tiger got too much ball and this lands too far on the green and races to the front fringe. That’ll be an 18-footer for par from the front fringe. That would be a huge putt if he could get it.

ON THE GREEN (3:46 p.m. ET): That bobbled early, and Tiger misses just to the right. He taps in from there for par. That’s not a fun bogey, but that is a really tough hole. If that’s his only bogey today, he’s fine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 6 (9 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:24 p.m. ET): Another driver and this is another bad miss right. This one only carries 270 yards as it bounds into the crowd. That will more than likely be in matted down stuff. So if he has an angle, he may get away with that. But it’ll be a miracle for him to win today if he’s hitting the driver like that all day.

APPROACH SHOT (3:31 p.m. ET): Tiger ended up in a matted down lie, the good. He had to hit a huge draw over trees after clearing out the gallery to get to the green, the tough. And from 184 yards with a 9-iron … this comes up short, right in the rough. That seemed like a lot of carry with that club. But that’s not awful, a little tricky up and down from over there, but not too tough.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:35 p.m. ET): A great lie over there, and he plays a beautiful chip and run that lands 15 feet short of the cup and finishes 18 inches left of it. That will be a nice tap-in par.

ON THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in. He actually falls to solo third after JT birdies to move to 11 under. But Koepka bogeying, meaning Tiger’s within two.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 5 (10 under overall, solo third)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 527 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:07 p.m. ET): That is no good with the driver. He finds the far fairway bunker right here. And that is a deep bunker over there, not sure he can reach the green from that spot.

Tiger is now three back after a Koepka birdie at the first. But a Scott bogey does have Tiger solo second at 10 under.

SECOND SHOT (3:12 p.m. ET): And Tiger took 7-iron out of there from way back with the lip in front and got this to finish back in the fairway well down there. Probably a 50-ish yard pitch for his third. Good recovery after a bad drive missed in the wrong place.

THIRD SHOT (3:16 p.m. ET): This one from 64 yards … and that one is pretty. Lands it about 10 feet past the hole and spins it 4-5 feet beyond the hole. That leaves a testy, tricky par putt. But considering where he was off the tee, that’s a good par look.

ON THE GREEN (3:21 p.m. ET): And he trickles that in. Great, great par. HUGE. JT has birdied behind to tie him for second, but that little matters. That putt was needed. He keeps his early momentum.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 4 (10 under overall, T-2)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 154 yards

OFF THE TEE (3 p.m. ET): This is not happening. That 9-iron lands 6 inches left of the flag, bounces forward and spins back within 2 feet. This is going to be another birdie. Oh wow, people. This is exciting.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): Yep, he cleans up. That is back-to-back birdies. Tiger is two back and T-2. Breathe, people.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 3 (10 under overall, T-2)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 405 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:48 p.m. ET): Another little pull with the iron and this one flirts with the water but lands a few yards right of it and holds up on the edge of the intermediate cut. So he’s just fine, but that was scary for a second. That pull with the iron off the tee is something to look out for today.

APPROACH SHOT (2:52 p.m. ET): From 114 yards, this is awkward a little above his feet … But, OH. BABY. He lands this on the front edge of the green just over the water, it spins about 15 feet forward and spins back about 3-4 feet right and just beyond the hole. Amazing birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:57 p.m. ET): GOT IT! That is an early birdie and Tiger is now just three back!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 2 (9 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 422 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:36 p.m. ET): Here. We. Go. Iron off the tee and this one is a pull dumped into a fairway bunker. Well not ideal, but he should have a clean lie there. So not all bad.

APPROACH SHOT (2:41 p.m. ET): Right over the flag. Tiger flies a pitching wedge from 148 yards 7 feet past the hole and it basically sticks there. We are in business with a great look at an opening birdie.

ON THE GREEN (2:46 p.m. ET): That was cruel. Tiger had that right on-line and somehow that left-to-righter turns left at the last, trickles over the left lip and lips out. That was agonizing, but the good news is he hit a good putt. Opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (8 under overall, T-8)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 2:35 p.m. ET, and this is how he arrived to the course Sunday…

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