PGA Championship Round 4: Tiger Woods hole by holeAugust 12, 2018
It’s Sunday at the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods (-8) is four shots back of the lead and paired up with Gary Woodland (-9). He’s wearing red and most certainly feeling confident. Strap in, folks.
Tea Time: 2:35 EST
TV Coverage: CBS
Follow along as we track Tiger Woods hole-by-hole:
Hole 1, Par 4, 425 yards
Iron shot at the tee box goes 271 yards and slightly to the left, rolling softly into the bunker. That set Woods up for a fantastic escape out of the sand, over the tree line and just a few yards from the pin. His birdie shot just kissed the lip and rolled out. Par. 8-under. T-9 (4 back).
Hole 2, Par 4, 410 yards
This shot from an awkward lie set up Tiger’s first birdie of the day at the second . pic.twitter.com/ugbPjrsOJm
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Again using his iron, the tee shot lands just short of the water hazard and it’s no issue for Tiger. He lofts it over the pond with his second shot and spins it back towards the flag yet again for another birdie opportunity. And for the first time in ten tries, Woods finds a birdie with a three-foot putt. Birdie. 9-under (1-under on the day). 3rd Place (3 back).
Hole 3, Par 3, 148 yards
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This is just silly. Using a 9-iron, Tiger goes right at the pin and sticks it inches from the cup. The ball barely moved once it hit the green and for the third time in as many holes it’s a birdie opportunity. Sinks it. Woods was momentarily two-back, but a birdie by Koepka at No. 1 took care of that. Birdie. 10-under (2-under on the day). 2nd Place (3-back).
Hole 4, Par 4, 521 yards
Tiger goes to the driver for the first time Sunday and the results are a bit underwhelming. It’s nearly 300 yards off the tee, but the shot stays on a straight line and goes right off the edge and into the bunker. The second shot forced Woods to lay it up out of the sand but he gave himself a great look at the green and escapes with par. In the meantime, Justin Thomas moves to 10-under through five holes and into a tie with Tiger for second. Par. 10-under (2-under on the day). T-2 (3-back).
Hole 5, Par 4, 471 yards
If Woods wasn’t feeling it before, he certainly is after four holes. On the way to the tee box at five, he’s high-fiving fans and looking confident.
Tiger goes back to the driver and it cuts just to the right and into the rough, bouncing around the crowd but safely away from any further hazards. With 171 yards to the pin, Woods gets extremely aggressive and goes right for the green. He gets it over the trees with a 9-iron but leaves it just off the right of the green and in the rough. Not a bad shot at all given the circumstances. He lofts his third shot onto the green, giving him just three feet to save par again. Up ahead on the course, Thomas finished off another birdie to take sole possession of second place. Par. 10-under (2-under on the day). 3rd Place (3-back).
Hole 6, Par 3, 213 yards
The driver goes away and the irons come back out for this one. And the result isn’t pretty — nor is Tiger’s reaction. Woods first shot goes past the back of the green and lands in the sand trap accompanied by a few angry grunts from Tiger. For the third time in as many holes, he’ll have to save par and like to strike later. But while making his trek up the fairway, Koepka dropped a shot on the fourth hole, putting Tiger just two back again. It’s probably best Tiger didn’t know that. His second shot out of the bunker rolled into the first cut behind the cup, setting up a two-putt for his first bogey on the day. This one is a missed opportunity it many ways. We’ll see how much, if at all, it haunts him. Bogey. 9-under (1-under on the day). T-4 (3 back).
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