GULLANE, Scotland – If Tiger Woods is to win major No. 15 on Sunday, he’ll have to do it coming from behind – something he hasn’t done in his decorated major career.
Woods was tied for the lead heading to the 17th hole Saturday, but he hit a poor lay-up shot into a bunker, leading to a bogey and a two-shot swing. After shooting 1-over 72 on a day when he hit 13 of 14 fairways, Woods trails the major-less Lee Westwood by two shots heading into the final round of the 142nd British Open.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of it,” said Woods, who is at 1-under 212. “I’ve been in this position before in the past five years, and I’ve been in that hunt and that mix. And I’m in it again. Hopefully (Sunday) I can play well and win the tournament.”
Woods was tied with Westwood on 17, but his second shot with a 3-wood on the par 5 spun too much in the air and came to rest in a cross bunker short. He had no choice but to blast out, leaving him a wedge into the green, but he was unable to convert the 15-foot par putt. Westwood, meanwhile, birdied the hole to move two shots ahead.
The late bogey dropped Woods, who is 0-for-16 in the majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, from the final group Sunday. Instead, he will tee it up in the second-to-last pairing, with Adam Scott. The Aussie’s caddie, of course, is Steve Williams, with whom Woods won 13 of his 14 majors.