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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Tiger Woods is looking quite sharp, despite a three-putt hiccup that has cost him a bogey at the 14th hole.

He has been driving the ball superbly on the back nine, long and straight – almost as long as Dustin Johnson, with whom he is playing.

But birdies are hard to come by, due to firm and fast greens and a fluctuating breeze that makes approach shots difficult to get close.

At the par-4 12th, for example, Woods backed off several times as the breeze gusted, before finally pulling the trigger, only to watch in frustration as his ball stopped 30 paces short of the hole.

'God,' he muttered loudly as he got close enough to the green to realize how far his ball was from the hole.