SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the possible head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently planning.
Will Tiger Woods finally win his 15th career major title? Let’s just say he has a chance at the PGA Championship.
Woods, who shot a 66 in the third round, will begin his final round 8-under for the tournament and tied for sixth, four shots behind leader Brooks Koepka.
The 42-year-old tees off in the final round of the 100th edition of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in the third-to-last group at 2:35 p.m. ET alongside Gary Woodland, who held the lead heading into the weekend.
Follow along shot-by-shot to see how Woods fares.
Hole 8 – Par 5
If Tiger has any chance to win here today, he needs to score on the two par 5’s. That won’t cut it. This hole is reachable in two for Tiger, but not from where he’ll be. He misses left, way left, and it’s among the gallery in the thick rough.
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka leads at 11-under. Justin Thomas had a chance to take the lead with a birdie putt, but he missed from about 6 feet, and then lipped out his par putt. Instead of taking the lead, he’s not in second at 10-under. Tragic three-putt.
Hole 7 – Par 4
Another tee shot misses to the right, and he’s got a tough lie from there. He hasn’t hit a fairway yet. His approach is a little too hot and rolls off the back of the green and into the rough. His chip is pin-high, leaving a slightly-breaking putt for par around four feet. He converts to remain at 1-under thru 7 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 6 – Par 3
Tiger misses the green here and finds the bunker. He catches this one a little too clean and rolls just off the green onto the fringe. And here comes his first big mistake of the day. He can’t find the line for the par save and taps in for bogey. 1-under thru 6 (9-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepa cards consecutive bogeys to drop to 11-under, where he’s now tied with Justin Thomas in the lead. Seven players are T3 at 9-under: Tiger, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Thomas Pieters, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrrell Hatton.
Hole 5 – Par 4
Another driver here for Tiger and you guessed it, he misses to the right. This one’s in the trees, rough and gallery. Not good. Tiger gets this one out of the cluster and from there he’s able to get up-and-down from there. Not much to say. Par. 2-under thru 5 (10-under thru tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
First time pulling driver here for Tiger, and it’s in the bunker to the right of the fairway. Every other part of his game has been dialed in this week, except for the big stick, and he’s still just two shots back of the leader in sole second place. He plays this one to the fairway, 64 yards from the cup. CLUB TWIRL. He throws another dart at the green, landing this one a little long, but it spins back to just a few feet. Par. 2-under thru 4 (10-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka is the sole leader at 13-under, followed by Justin Thomas and Tiger who are T2 at 10-under.
Hole 3 – Par 3
Whoa. The gallery erupted with “GET IN THE HOLE” yells and he just about aced No. 3. You can see his ball mark just inches from the cup. That’s a gimme putt with your friends, but Tiger has to walk up and finish this one off. Chirp-chirp! Back-to-back birdies (should be three in a row). 2-under thru 3 (10-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 4
Another iron for TW and this one is going down the left side of the fairway and flirting with the water, but he stays dry. Might have an awkward stance here, but he’s safe. Awkward stance? No problem. Tiger is still dialed in with his approach shots like yesterday, with a similar look here on No. 2 that he had on No. 1. He drops the putt and the gallery lets out a massive Tiger roar. Birdie. 1-under thru 2 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Showtime. Iron off the tee on No. 1 and oh boy, he’s in the bunker. Not a great start seeing as how solid he was yesterday teeing off with his driving iron, but it’s not too much trouble. He went pin-seeking from the bunker and this is a nice shot. He’s just a little above the hole, inside 10 feet. I take that back, it was a great shot with a birdie chance to begin the day. He clips the edge and just like his entire back-nine yesterday, taps in for par. Even thru 1 (8-under for the tournament).