Offbeat Tiger Woods fades late but caps impressive weekend at Players with possible top 10

01:45  14 may  2018
01:45  14 may  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler make quite the group for Players Championship

  Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler make quite the group for Players Championship Megawatt group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler highlight the first two rounds of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.And loud.

He could still finish in the top 10 at Even-par 280. TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 70 (12th). So far, Sam Burns is showing some impressive game by being 2 under through while playing with Tiger Woods . Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods makes late charge, finishes T-2 at Valspar.

A victory at the 2000 Bell Canadian Open does not seem like a top - 10 type of victory, especially for someone like Tiger Woods . Not only was his margin of victory impressive at the time, but Tiger In 2002, Tiger Woods became the third player to successfully defend a Masters title—the other two

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Tiger Woods had a rough finish, but what a weekend it was.

Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Sunday at the Players Championship to finish the week at 11 under. After making the cut on the number, he's currently in lie to tie for 11th.

And for a moment Sunday, a win seemed possible as Woods (for a time) lit up TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course again.

While Woods' Saturday heroics (he shot 65 in Round 3) were the product of a hot start, the Sunday show was more of a slow burn.

The day began sluggishly with a par-par start in a scoreable stretch. But the 14-time major champion then went to work.

Woods drained a 15-footer for birdie at the par-3 third, nestled his second at the par-4 fourth to 4 feet and nestled in the putt and buried an 18-footer at the par-4 fifth for three straight birdies. He had quickly rocketed to a tie for fourth at 11 under.

Tiger Tracker: 2018 Players Championship, Round 2

  Tiger Tracker: 2018 Players Championship, Round 2 Follow Tiger Woods' second round alongside Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler Friday at TPC Sawgrass with our Tiger Tracker live blog.Follow Woods' second round alongside Mickelson (7 over) and Rickie Fowler (2 over) Friday at TPC Sawgrass with our Tiger Tracker live blog:

PGA Tour 10 hr ago. Sam Burns earns Valspar spot with impressive Honda performance. Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fades late , but posts Even-par 280 for solo 12th.

However, following his promising and impressive play at the Honda Classic, Woods , like he's done throughout his career, has raised the bar. Tiger tees off at 7:56 a.m. with Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson, trying to accomplish something that was once so familiar: head into the weekend on the

He couldn't get an 11-footer to drop at the par-4 sixth for a fourth straight birdie, and then Woods had to grind. He made a 7-footer for par at the par-4 seventh and rolled in a 6-footer for par at the par-3 eighth to keep the momentum. After his 7-footer for birdie fell at the par-5 ninth, he had gone out in 4-under 32.

The start of the back nine brought a hint of a charge, even if it was brief. Woods pushed a 7-foot birdie effort at the par-4 10th, but he gave himself a tap-in birdie at the par-5 11th after nearly draining a 23-footer for eagle. He hit a pretty wedge to 4 feet at the par-4 12th and rolled in the putt.

At that point, Woods had moved into a tie for second at 14 under and was within five. Moments later, Simpson would bogey and Woods was four back. The whiff of an incredible comeback was suddenly in the air as Woods was mounting a huge charge.

Just like good old days as Woods rediscovers that Tiger magic

  Just like good old days as Woods rediscovers that Tiger magic It was just like the halcyon days of a previous era as Tiger Woods carded his best ever score at TPC Sawgrass, a seven-under-par 65, in the third round of the Players Championship on Saturday. Woods, a 79-times winner on the PGA Tour, used his irons with precision and wielded a hot putter to record his lowest numerical score on the PGA Tour since 2015.RELATED: LeaderboardIt was also his best score in relation to par since 2013, though he has played only sparingly in the ensuing five years while nursing a serious back injury.

Tiger Woods , 41, has had his 4th back surgery. His star continues to fade to a point where it is barely visible in golf’s sky. Woods hasn’t played a full season since 2013, when he won five times and was the PGA Tour player of the year, and his stop-and-go career ever since has not been very impressive .

Depending on the lie, a lay up is possible . Tiger is closing in on the top 10 and just four off the lead. Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods makes late charge, finishes T-2 at Valspar. 683 shares16 Mar.

The excitement would be short-lived. Simpson would birdie No. 11 to move back to 19 under. Woods launched a 354-yard drive down the difficult par-4 14th, but he spun a 111-yard wedge off the front of the green, putted up to 9 feet and lipped out that remainder for a demoralizing bogey.

The swift move to six behind seemed to kill any of Woods' slim hopes of putting Simpson in the crosshairs.

Then came the day's worst moment. Woods made a disappointing par at the par-5 16th and proceeded to dunk his tee shot in the water at the par-3 17th - as he came up woefully short.

The deflating shot was followed by a nice recovery from the drop zone, but he couldn't coax in the 12-footer for bogey. It was a tough double bogey to take.

He then missed a good look for birdie at the 18th, relegating him to a 3-under 69 in a round where he was 6 under with six to play.

While a deflating finish, Woods can be proud of this weekend performance. There are still some kinks to work out on his finishes, but Woods is well on his way in this comeback.

WATCH: Tiger finds water on famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass

  WATCH: Tiger finds water on famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass The famous island green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass has claimed many a golfer’s ball off the tee, and Tiger Woods fell victim to it during his final round on Sunday. The famous island green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass has claimed many a golfer’s ball off the tee, and Tiger Woods fell victim to it during his final round on Sunday.

Tiger Woods is trying to temper the expectations for his latest return. So let’s consider all the possibilities for Tiger 2017 and the realistic chances he has of reaching them. And how many times has Fred Couples made a run at in the early rounds at Augusta National only to fade on Saturday or

— Tiger Woods (@ TigerWoods ) August 31, 2017. With that video, the Tiger Hype Train left the station once again. Of course, none of the hype means anything until we see how Tiger plays this weekend . Later , Fowler was asked about Woods ’s play

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Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods are teaming up in a golf pro-am .
It’s not every day you get two top athletes from different sports to team up. Peyton and Tiger will be playing in a pro-am at the site of The Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio May 30. The two have been great friends and even played together in pro-am’s twice before. They first teamed up at Bay Hill in 2005 and then at Quail Hollow in 2009.

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