His ball was plugged beneath the lip in the front greenside bunker.
At 1-under, with his back to the wall in a tie for 65th, he noticed he was drawing a lot more media inside the ropes.
“At the time, I was 11 back of the lead and right on the cut line,” Woods said. “I saw a lot of media guys out there, so I thought I’d better turn this thing around and make them go away.”
Woods blasted 19 feet past the hole but made a terrific par-saving putt. It sparked a rally that ended with Woods kicking himself for not making more of it.
With birdies at four of the last seven holes, Woods climbed to 5-under, tied for 28th and seven shots off the lead.
Still, he wanted to make every chance coming home and faulted his putting for not delivering.
“Today is one of those days where I could have gone really low,” Woods said.
Woods converted good chances coming home, but he lamented missing an 8-foot birdie at the 13th, a 10-footer for birdie at the 15th and an 11-footer for birdie at the 17th.
Woods felt good about his ball striking, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 13 greens in regulation but wasn't happy about his putting.
“Everyone goes through stretches like this,” Woods said. “It’s not the first time in my career I’ve gone through this, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.”