Tiger Woods is still competing in the 2022 PGA Championship, and here’s how he’s doing

Tiger Woods is still competing in the 2022 PGA Championship, and here’s how he’s doing

Tiger Woods has said he wants to go down the weekend to the PGA Championship. It became clear very quickly in the third round on Saturday that this was not happening. Instead, Woods, in cold, windy and rainy conditions, had the worst run of his career in this major championship, posting 9 of 79.

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During one streak, he made five consecutive bogeys, which he had never done in a major championship as a professional. His walking was, once again, labored, and his game was reminiscent of when he limped around two bad rounds on the weekend at last month’s Masters.

Here’s how Woods’ brutal day at Southern Hills unfolded:

No. 1: Par 4, 451 yards

He opened his day with a perfect drive. He went down from there. With an awkward lie, Woods missed the green shorts. Then he hit a bad, bad first putt from the green, leaving him 15 feet short. But, as he did in the final nine Friday to make the cut, Woods crushed a par.

Score: normal

Total for the day: even

Where he stands for the tournament: 3 over

No. 2: Par 4, 480 yards

Woods stared at his tee shot for a long moment as it was in the air at the second. It’s never a good sign. He went into the water. A solid iron after the penalty prevented things from getting worse.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 out of

Where he stands for the tournament: 4 over

No. 3: Par 4, 444 yards

Woods went with another cut top off the tee. This has been his gesture all week. Other than the misjudged wind at the second which resulted in a ball of water, it worked. From there he converted an easy par.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 1 out of

Where he stands for the tournament: 4 over

No. 4: Par 4, 377 yards

Another perfect tee shot. Followed by a perfectly controlled corner, to a jump and a stop. But for one of the few times this week, Woods’ putter let him down. He took out the 6-foot birdie putt. But how weird is golf? His playing partner, Shaun Norris, hit his tee shot into the hurdle, but opted to play it from there instead of taking a penalty. With an impossible lie, Norris somehow placed the ball behind three greens. Then, of course, he rolled in a 50-footer for a birdie.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 1 out of

Where he stands for the tournament: 4 over

No. 5: Par 5, 656 yards

A bad drive required an escape-artist recovery from the trees. And Woods did just that, with a low hook and sling out of the trees. Back in the fairway, facing a much easier shot than the one he just hit, Woods hit a middle iron that ended any birdie chance.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 1 out of

Where he stands for the tournament: 4 over

No. 6: Par 3, 226 yards

Well, that was a mess. Woods came from 30 yards short on the par-3 and the ball found the water. Things haven’t improved. From the drop zone, Woods hit a shaky wedge that didn’t reach the green. His green side chip did not find the putting surface. The sixth is not an easy hole, but Woods certainly didn’t think he would come away with a 6.

Assessment: Triple bogey

Total for the day: 4 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 7 over

No. 7: Par 4, 443 yards

A poor tee shot put Woods back in scrambling mode. The rough was too deep, the lie was too bad for him to make it to the green. He slept. Hit a good pitch, but a not-so-good putt. So he followed up the triple in the sixth with another loose shot in the seventh.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 5 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 8 over

No. 8: Par 3, 220 yards

Woods hit another weak iron that settled miles from the pin. He did, however, hit a massive 60-foot putt, which almost found a way in for an unlikely birdie. But considering the way things had gone the previous few holes, a par was fine.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 5 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 8 over

No. 9: Par 4, 395 yards

A bad day got worse on the 9th. His driver, who had been so solid for so long in this PGA Championship, was starting to fail him. He found a bunker off the tee. In the sand he failed to get out, instead shooting a ball in the face from the fairway trap, a noticeable grimace as soon as he made impact. Luckily for him, the ball dug into the grass instead of the bunker, which allowed Woods to take a free drop. Still, after it was all done, it was another tough hole to close a 6 of 41 on the front side.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 6 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 9 over

No. 10: Par 4, 376 yards

Another failed fairway. The rough was so thick and wet that Woods couldn’t even get close to the green even though he only had 163 yards left. It was the eighth green he missed in 10 holes. Another knock down.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 7 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 10 out of

No. 11: Par 3, 173 yards

Another awfully short shot. Then horrible pitch that overshot the green. Woods is struggling and at this point just wants to get to the clubhouse.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 8 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 11 out

No. 12: Par 4, 461 yards

Woods just smiled when his second shot landed in the bunker. Really, on a day like this, what else could he do?

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 9 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 12 on

No. 13: Par 5, 632 yards

Woods threw another chip shot. Obviously, his body doesn’t allow him to get down on the ball on short shots. A rare birdie chance turned into another bogey.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 10 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 13 out of

No. 14: Par 3, 230 yards

Finally, a peer. It didn’t come easily; Woods made a 6-footer to avoid a three-putt bogey. But it was his first par since the eighth hole.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 10 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 13 out of

No. 15: Par 4, 417 yards

Finally, something good happened for Woods. He rolled in a 35-footer for a birdie. Why does that matter, beyond the fact that it was his first birdie of the round and gave him a reason to smile without it being a sarcastic smile? This moved it to 9, meaning breaking 80 for its turn is back in play.

Rating: Birdie

Total for the day: 9 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 12 on

No. 16: Par 4, 522 yards

Woods had 233 yards on his second shot … at a par-4. He looked at caddy Joe LaCava when LaCava gave him the footage. He was in disbelief. Still, Woods hit the green and made a par.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 9 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 12 on

No. 17: Par 4, 371 yards

A chance for another birdie was gone thanks to another bad bunker shot. Woods hit his driveable par-4 tee shot into the greenside trap, but then blasted his approach 20 feet long and off the green. A par on 18 and he will avoid shooting 80.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 9 more

Where he stands for the tournament: 12 on

No. 18: Par 4, 491 yards

Woods was 10 on 13 holes. A score in the 80s seemed inevitable. But Woods isn’t giving up and he’s played his last five holes in 1 under to avoid his third round in the ’80s as a professional. Still, his third-round 79 was the worst score he had ever posted at the PGA Championship.

Score: normal

Total for the day: 9 out of 79

Where he stands for the tournament: 12 on

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