SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the possible head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently planning.
Tiger Woods is back on the course for a second time Saturday for the third round of the 100th PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the season.
98 of the top 100 players in the world were at Bellerive Country Club this week, making this week’s tournament one of the most competitive events of the season. While Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) and Francisco Molinari (Open Championship) are eyeing their second major titles of the year, Jordan Spieth looks to finally complete his career grand slam.
After 4-under his second round, Woods tees off at 1:21 p.m. ET alongside Webb Simpson and Stewart Cink. Follow Woods’ third round shot-by-shot.
Hole 9 – Par 4
Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. He hits his iron off the tee and it’s pure, right down the middle. How good? Stewart Cink’s 3-wood is 15-yards behind TW’s iron.
Hole 8 – Par 5
Three shots off the lead: will he go for it in two? His drive is unlucky, landing in the fairway but bouncing into the right rough. He’s forced to lay up from there and it’s a great decision because once again his approach to the green is perfect. He tucks this one next to the cup with another great look at birdie. That’s five birdies in eight holes, man does he look confident. 4-under thru 8 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 7 – Par 4
Tiger smoked his iron off the tee, but the shot of the hole was his approach. How would I describe it? Two words: Dialed. In. He goes after the back pin and sticks it a few feet past the hole. Great birdie chance here and it falls. 3-under thru 7 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 6 – Par 3
Tiger throws a dart here and finds the front of the green, setting up a bounceback birdie putt. (Insert Tiger roar here). That was LOUD from the gallery as Tiger buried the putt. 2-under thru 6 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 5 – Par 4
His driver off the tee finds the rough (shocker) but he’s able to rebound and throw this one up on the green. Tough putt with some serious distance to cover there for Tiger, but he keeps it within range for par. The 6-footer refuses to fall, so there’s a three-putt bogey. 1-under thru 4 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
First driver of the day for Tiger and me loses this one a little left into the rough. He muscles this one out and gets it to the fairway with a chance to get up-and-down for par. Oh wow! He almost holes this out. But instead its a par. 2-under thru 4 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 3
TW finds the green here on No. 3, but he’s on the front half with a back pin. To keep this birdie streak going he’ll need to sink a long, breaking putt. This one rolls within a few feet and sets up a par. 2-under thru 3 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 4
A low-flying stinger paints the fairway again, and his approach is even better. This one sticks inside five feet and he buries another birdie putt. 2-under thru 2 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Here we go. Iron on No. 1 for Tiger and this is down the right side of the fairway. He went aggressive here and found the back of the green, about 20 feet to the left of the cup. He drops the putt birdies the first! 1-under thru 1 (5-under for the tournament).