Tiger Tracker: Looking for his first win in five years, follow Woods’ Tour Championship final round

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September 23, 2018 8:43 pm Published by

Tiger Woods has one last chance to notch a win in his most-recent comeback.

Tiger is back on the course this weekend at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the Tour Championship, the final PGA Tour event of the year and the finale of the FedExCup Playoffs. 

Woods started off on fire Saturday, making birdie in six of his first seven holes. He settled in from there and worked his way to a third-round 65, which earned him a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy heading into Sunday. 

Woods teed off with McIlroy at 2:05 p.m. ET. Follow his final round shot-by-shot: 

Hole 18 – Par 5

It all comes down to this.

Tiger’s drive is crushed down the fairway and keeps on rolling. He shares a little smile with McIlroy walking off the tee (something old Tiger would NEVER do) and he appears to be strolling his way to victory. 

Hole 17 – Par 4

As it stands, everything has happened for Tiger to win the FedExCup. All Tiger needs is: Justin Rose to stay in a tie for 6th (or no better than 5th) and to win the Tour Championship (two shot lead with two to go). If that happens, he’ll not only have his first win in five years, but his third FedExCup title, which brings a $10M prize. Showtime.

Tiger’s drive goes left into the rough among a cluster of trees and a fairway bunker. His foot appeared to slip a bit during his swing. Remember that thing I said about a colossal collapse? His approach went a little long, from rough to rough, this time behind the green. His chip gets to about four feet, but the putt will have some break to the left. He sinks the putt and moves to 18 at 1-over (11-under for the tournament). Two shot lead over Billy Horschel.

Hole 16 – Par 4

Tiger loses this one left in the rough. Uh-oh. Tiger punches this out ahead and into the fairway, setting up an approach from about 100 yards to get up-and-down. He tried to play his third shot off a slope behind the green, but it went a little too long and just couldn’t spin out of the rough to get back to the green. Yikes. This putt trickles down the slope but never turned enough left. That’s another bogey to move to 1-over thru 16 (11-under for the tournament). Two shot lead over Billy Horschel.

Hole 15 – Par 3

The biggest test for Tiger down the stretch is here at No. 15 with the island green and boy did he tempt fate. His tee shot was short and trailing right, landing on a slope just a few feet from the water. Another foot shorter and that kicks off the bank into the drink. Tiger chips this one to 7 feet but misses the par putt right. That’s another bogey to drop to even thru 15 (12-under for the tournament). Three shot lead over Billy Horschel.

Hole 14 – Par 4

320 yards down the fairway with this drive. Tiger’s on cruise control. With 215 yards to the hole Tiger drops this one in the middle of the green. Great effort from 20 feet out as Tiger just misses this one. Tap-in par. 1-under thru 14. (13-under for the tournament). Five shot lead over Billy Horschel.

Hole 13 – Par 4

Right fairway. Useful tee shot here for TW. His approach on 13 gets to 13 feet, and he buries the putt to drop to 13-under for the tournament. How about that. 1-under thru 13. Five shot lead over Billy Horschel.

Hole 12 – Par 4

Tiger goes back to the 3-wood after his shank on No. 10 and this one is perfect in the fairway. Tiger went all-in with his approach to the front-left pin and boy was this a beauty. With 8 feet to go, Tiger played a slow putt that just comes up short. Another par. Even thru 12 (12-under for the tournament). Four shot lead over Billy Horschel.

In other news: Patton Kizzire went from looking like an average golfer at a local course to reminding us all why he’s a pro with these back-to-back shots.

Hole 11 – Par 3

Tiger finds the green, a little above pin-high to the left of the cup. From 18-feet he misses a little long but makes the comebacker to save another par. That Scotty Cameron flat stick is on point today. Even thru 11 (12-under for the tournament). Five shot lead over Rose and Billy Horschel.

Hole 10 – Par 4

Yikes. His worst swing of the day results in a flared 3-wood to the right in the gallery. Tiger’s forced to punch out into the fairway from there, except his ball finds the first cut rough. His approach is about 25 feet above the hole and his par putt will have considerable break. No dice. This one misses right and Tiger makes his first bogey of the day on No. 10. Even thru 10 (12-under for the tournament). Five shot lead over Rose and Billy Horschel (who’s 2-under thru 13 holes).

Thoughts at the turn

Tiger’s just kind of moseying his way around the course today. After his birdie on No. 1 it seemed like we’d see a dialed-in, going for the throat approach from Tiger. Instead, we’ve seen great tee shots and safe approaches to the green. He’s got a cushion and he’s keeping it that way with consistent pars and minimal mistakes. Barring a colossal collapse or a herculean effort from Rose or McIlroy, this will be win No. 80 for Tiger.

Hole 9 – Par 3

Tiger paints the center of the green here on No. 9. This putt had a big break and Tiger lags it nice and close to close out his front-nine with a 1-under 34 (13-under for the tournament). Five-shot lead over Rose.

Hole 8 – Par 4

Tiger plays a massive cut and this one goes too far right and finds a bunker. His approach is safe in the middle of the green from there. Not bad at all. His effort there from 50-feet is as good as you can do without holing out, lagging up inside a few feet to set up another par. 1-under thru 8 (13-under for the tournament). Four-shot lead over Rose.

Hole 7 – Par 4

Absolutely surgical off the tee this weekend, Tiger piped his 3-wood down the fairway on No. 7. Tiger went for this one and is a little long, but still on the green and inside 20 feet. Nothing to see here, two-putt par. 1-under thru 7 (13-under for the tournament). Five-shot lead over Rose.

Hole 6 – Par 5

Driver on the par 5 is crushed down the right side of the fairway and he’ll be able to get to this one in two shots to set up a potential eagle. A 4-iron from 217 yards out is just a little too hard, landing on the green and skipping past the hole into the rough just off the dance floor. It’s really thick, so depending on how buried the ball is, this could be a difficult chip. Tiger tried to get a little too cute with this one and doesn’t hit it nearly hard enough. The ball barely got out of the rough and went a few feet onto the fringe. He’ll have a putt from there for birdie, and should be able to get out with a par at the worst.

And then he does that. He left the birdie putt way too short, but he converts the four-footer for par. Disappointing after a great drive. 1-under thru 6 (13-under for the tournament). Five-shot lead over Rose and McIlroy.

Hole 5 – Par 4

BOOM! Tiger smokes this one 325 yards down the fairway. His consistency off the tee this week has been unreal. His approach finds the green, pin-high to the right. Tiger’s 20-footer gets about as close as you can without falling, and he converts another two-putt par. 1-under thru 5 (13-under for the tournament). Five-shot lead over Rose.

Hole 4 – Par 4

Tiger tries to play a cut here but this one had a bit too much movement and finds the right rough. You could barely see his ball in the rough, and the bad lie forces Tiger’s second shot into a bunker right of the green. Good-not-great out of the sand gets Tiger to about 10 feet. That’s a great par save to stay 1-under thru 4 (13-under for the tournament). Four-shot lead over Rose.

Hole 3 – Par 4

Tiger lays up off the tee with an iron and this one is safe down the right side of the fairway. Flip wedge here from Tiger at just a shade over 110 yards and this one lands about 20 feet behind the hole and comes to rest, setting up another birdie putt. No chance with that putt. Tiger had the wrong line and wrong speed, but he two-putts for par. 1-under thru 3 (13-under for the tournament). Four-shot lead over McIlroy and Rose.

Hole 2 – Par 3

Safe shot here to the middle of the green on the par 3. From just south of 40 feet Tiger lags this one close and taps in for par. 1-under thru 2 (13-under for the tournament). Four-shot lead over McIlroy and Rose.

Hole 1 – Par 4

Here we go. In his Sunday red, Tiger goes with driver on No. 1 and this one is perfect down the fairway. His approach from there is just as nice, going right at the front-right pin that’s guarded by a bunker. He’ll have 10 feet for an opening birdie. He did it again! Another first-hole birdie has Tiger 1-under thru 1 (13-under for the tournament). Four-shot lead. 

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