PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Across two different days, Tiger Woods had no shortage of opportunities to score during his third round. Despite managing only two total birdies during his round of 1-under 71, he shares the 54-hole lead with Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth heading into Sunday’s final round.
“I hit a lot of good putts that were around the edge,” Woods explained after completing his final four holes Sunday morning. “I’m just going to continue to do what I’m doing. I’m playing well.”
Woods certainly appears in control of his game Tee to Green, but the putts simply failed to drop late Saturday and into Sunday morning. He afforded himself eight different birdie putts of 20 feet or shorter across the final 11 holes of his third round, but holed only one, getting up and down from just off the green at the par-5 16th hole. As a result he finds himself in the second-to-last group Sunday afternoon, alongside Casey Wittenberg while Garcia and Lingmerth are the final pairing of the day.
“It really doesn’t, no,” he explained when asked if playing in the final pairing mattered. “I’m tied for the lead, so I’m right there.”
As for the unheralded Swede joining him atop the leaderboard through 54 holes, Woods admitted to not having much knowledge of Lingmerth – other than his position at 11 under. He added, though, that it’s not surprising to see an unfamiliar face succeeding on the Stadium Course.
“Anything can happen here,” he noted, citing as an example Craig Perks’ unlikely triumph in 2002. “Obviously, he’s playing well.”