Tour Report: A three-putt day for Woods

Mike McAllister
Woods on his third round

Following an third-round 72, Tiger Woods reflects on his play in The Barclays 2012 with Mark Carnevale from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. –  It was a career record-setting day for Tiger Woods … and not in a good way. For the first time in his PGA TOUR career, he suffered four three-putts in one round. But he never panicked.

“Trust me, I was certainly frustrated,” Woods said. “I kept tell myself I’m right in the ballgame and no one was going anywhere. Nobody was running away with it.”

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Indeed. Despite shooting a 1-over 72 that leaves him at 4 under for the tournament, Woods remained inside the top 10 of a bunched-up leaderboard.

“You take those away,” Woods said about the three-putts (see chart below), “and I’m right there in the ballgame.”

Ironically, on a day with all those three-putts, Woods did manage to roll in his longest putt of the year, from 53 feet, 1 inch for birdie at the eighth hole.

Woods was happy with his ball-striking, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens, calling it a “beautiful round of golf.”

“Unfortunately didn’t clean up on the greens. I’ve never seen greens change like this, from they were yesterday to today. The grass even seems slippery. … It was unbelievable how fast they got.”

If Woods can solve the greens in Sunday’s final round, he might very well keep his lead atop the FedExCup standings. Points are quintupled in the FedExCup Playoffs, so the winner of The Barclays could very well move ahead of Woods, the Regular Season points leader.

"“This golf course lends itself to being bunched,” Woods said. “… At one point, I was; I was three back of the lead. Unfortunately I didn’t stay there but hopefully tomorrow I can put it together. “

TIGER’S THREE-PUTTS
Here’s a look at his three-putts in Saturday’s third round

Hole Distance to pin of first putt Hole Distance to pin of first putt
Par-3 3rd 45 feet, 11 inches Par-4 9th 31 feet, 7 inches
Par-4 6th 40 feet, 3 inches Par-3 14th 15 feet, 9 inches