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When his putt rolled past the left lip of the opening hole Saturday, Tiger Woods’ chances at making a moving day charge at the Quicken Loans National tournament were slim.
But then, beginning with Hole 4, Woods went on a tear. He birdied that hole and four out of the next five. At one point, he was just a shot off of the lead.
As has often been the case in this 2018 season, though, Woods struggled to continue his success on the back 9. He finished with a 2-under 68, which was good enough for tied-10th mid-Saturday.
Using a new TaylorMade mallet putter — his first time ever using a mallet putter in tournament competition — Woods carded an even par 70 on Thursday and a 5-under 65 on Friday.
The golfing legend was in prime position to make a charge Saturday, but the opening bogey derailed the expectations of many. Woods fought back, making birdie on Hole 4 and lighting the spark that was needed.
On Hole 5, Woods knocked a wedge close and holed another birdie putt. And on Hole 6, Woods roped a driver down the middle of the fairway and drained a birdie putt a shot later. A birdie on Hole 7 made it three-straight for Woods, but while he bogeyed Hole 8, the momentum early round momentum carried through Hole 9 as Woods finished with a birdie.
At the turn, Woods was 3-under and poised to put himself in stellar position Sunday. But he didn’t. He bogeyed Hole 13, which stalled his success.
Woods made birdie on Hole 16 but finished with a closing bogey. As of mid-afternoon on Saturday, he was six shots off of the lead.
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