Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods (-10) now in 2nd, 3 back after hot Sunday start


Tiger Woods begins Sunday at the PGA Championship four back and looks to charge toward his 15th major title.

Will he make things interesting in the final round at Bellerive?

We will follow his quest, shot by shot, below:

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:24 p.m. ET): Another driver and this is another bad miss right. This one only carries 270 yards as it bounds into the crowd. That will more than likely be in matted down stuff. So if he has an angle, he may get away with that. But it’ll be a miracle for him to win today if he’s hitting the driver like that all day.

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 527 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:07 p.m. ET): That is no good with the driver. He finds the far fairway bunker right here. And that is a deep bunker over there, not sure he can reach the green from that spot.

Tiger is now three back after a Koepka birdie at the first. But a Scott bogey does have Tiger solo second at 10 under.

SECOND SHOT (3:12 p.m. ET): And Tiger took 7-iron out of there from way back with the lip in front and got this to finish back in the fairway well down there. Probably a 50-ish yard pitch for his third. Good recovery after a bad drive missed in the wrong place.

THIRD SHOT (3:16 p.m. ET): This one from 64 yards … and that one is pretty. Lands it about 10 feet past the hole and spins it 4-5 feet beyond the hole. That leaves a testy, tricky par putt. But considering where he was off the tee, that’s a good par look.

ON THE GREEN (3:21 p.m. ET): And he trickles that in. Great, great par. HUGE. JT has birdied behind to tie him for second, but that little matters. That putt was needed. He keeps his early momentum.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 4 (10 under overall, T-2)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 154 yards

OFF THE TEE (3 p.m. ET): This is not happening. That 9-iron lands 6 inches left of the flag, bounces forward and spins back within 2 feet. This is going to be another birdie. Oh wow, people. This is exciting.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): Yep, he cleans up. That is back-to-back birdies. Tiger is two back and T-2. Breathe, people.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 3 (10 under overall, T-2)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 405 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:48 p.m. ET): Another little pull with the iron and this one flirts with the water but lands a few yards right of it and holds up on the edge of the intermediate cut. So he’s just fine, but that was scary for a second. That pull with the iron off the tee is something to look out for today.

APPROACH SHOT (2:52 p.m. ET): From 114 yards, this is awkward a little above his feet … But, OH. BABY. He lands this on the front edge of the green just over the water, it spins about 15 feet forward and spins back about 3-4 feet right and just beyond the hole. Amazing birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:57 p.m. ET): GOT IT! That is an early birdie and Tiger is now just three back!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 2 (9 under overall, T-3)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 422 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:36 p.m. ET): Here. We. Go. Iron off the tee and this one is a pull dumped into a fairway bunker. Well not ideal, but he should have a clean lie there. So not all bad.

APPROACH SHOT (2:41 p.m. ET): Right over the flag. Tiger flies a pitching wedge from 148 yards 7 feet past the hole and it basically sticks there. We are in business with a great look at an opening birdie.

ON THE GREEN (2:46 p.m. ET): That was cruel. Tiger had that right on-line and somehow that left-to-righter turns left at the last, trickles over the left lip and lips out. That was agonizing, but the good news is he hit a good putt. Opening par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (8 under overall, T-8)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 2:35 p.m. ET, and this is how he arrived to the course Sunday…

LET’S. GO.

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