Tiger Woods leads Tour Championship by 3 after third-round 65

23 September, 2018, 20:38 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Woods, Rose tied for halfway lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA, Sept 23 ― Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship here yesterday.

American Woods carded two-under-par 68, while Englishman Rose shot 67 at East Lake.

Woods has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Rose kept himself in contention after recovering from bogeys at the first two holes to post a two-under-par round of 68.

(The leader entering this weekend, Bryson DeChambeau, ended Saturday on track to finish third.) Rose will slide from playing with Woods to Sunday's penultimate pairing with Kyle Stanley, as McIlroy moves to play with Woods on Sunday for the first time ever in a PGA event.

Woods is 53-4 on the PGA Tour when he holds at least a share of the 54-hole lead. In March he finished runner-up at the Valspar Championship, showing glimpses of his old self that had been lost in the past few years as he dealt with back injuries.

Rose forgot about Woods and tried to beat East Lake, a game of match play in his mind, in a bid to stay in the game. "And because of that, I felt comfortable when I got to Bay Hill, (and) when I grabbed the lead at The Open Championship", Woods said. "But I thought I could sneak it up there and get up on the upslope and have a good angle in there, and it just didn't work out". And when he finally missed a fairway at No. 7, Woods hit a 9-iron from the bunker that hopped out of the first cut to about 5 feet for a sixth birdie in seven holes. He closed the front nine by leaving right an 11-foot putt for par and birdied just once on the back nine, a three on the par-four 12th set up by a 143-yard approach that stuck within eight feet.

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"The best way to describe today is I ground out a round", said Woods, a former two-time victor of the season-ending tournament.

"We don't play very many places like this where if you have control of your ball, if you have control of your game, you're probably going to have a good chance to win, " Thomas said.

"I got off to a nice start and made some nice putts".

"I've gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it", Woods said.

And having won 106 tournaments around the globe, Woods was quizzed if there was any further room for a 107th victory prize. Woods has had multiple chances this season to complete the comeback and he's come up short each time.

The competition lurks. Rory McIlroy is three strokes back, as is world No. 1 Justin Rose. Less than a year ago, he wasn't sure he'd even be playing golf again professionally at all, and now he's facing down the best of the next generation the same way he throttled the two previous ones.

Rose has wider reason to keep Woods within view.

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