Tiger Dazzles with 65, Still Remains 11 Back Ahead of Final Round

Jonathan Grant | May 13th, 2018

Tiger Woods has played his fair share of good golf on the weekends this season, shooting well under par, but on Saturday he increased those numbers drastically with his showing at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. His 65, also matched by Jordan Spieth, is the lowest he has ever played 18 holes at what many simply call the Stadium Course. In fact, he had not even come close to shooting a 65 since the early 2000s on the course.

Tiger, of course, after much fanfare throughout the week played alongside Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the first two rounds. Just like the aforementioned Spieth, he narrowly snuck through in order to make the cut at just one under par. That put him well behind the leaders, and despite his great showing on Saturday, he remains well behind along with Spieth. This means that Tiger will once again have a blockbuster pairing for Sunday, matched up with Spieth.

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Unfortunately, it will not be in the last group like many would have hoped for. They did do very well to move up the leaderboard on moving day, but they are well back of the lead held currently by Webb Simpson. Simpson might have ‘only’ shot a 68 in the third round, but the American has a gargantuan 11 shot lead over the two mentioned. The good news is that he is seven ahead of his nearest competition, so that means that Tiger and Jordan could close those men down and finish out very high.

That would mean a lot to Tiger Woods, who is looking to get some momentum back underneath him ahead of both the US Open and British Open to come in the summer. One thing that is guaranteed to turn heads is the fact that he hit 11 out of 14 fairways and 15 of the 18 greens in regulation. By doing those two things, and putting as well as he did on the day, he can make some noise once again and keep up this unexpected career revival.

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