Vomiting and dry heaving during the first few holes, Woods overcame lethargy and a lost voice to post a 3-under 69 – his first sub-70 score of the week.
“Sick,” he said with a raspy whisper and a wry smile when asked after the round if he’d received a diagnosis. “I fought hard. That's about all I had.”
Woods’ short game woes didn’t totally clear up – he chunked two or three more chips, depending on your definition, bringing him to seven or eight for the tournament so far – but his tee shots appeared long and straight and his approaches often found their intended target, resulting in six birdies against three bogeys.
“Well, I wasn't doing too good at the beginning, but I thought I could hang in there,” he explained. “If this fever just broke, I thought I would be all right. It finally broke on the front nine.”
He insisted that he never strongly considered withdrawing from the event, which benefits his foundation.
“No, you know me. I like to compete. If I can go, I can go. I'll give it everything I have. This is different. I wasn't in pain. Just was a little bit under the weather.”
Despite the solid round, which followed scores of 77-70 during the first two days, Woods remains in 18th place in the 18-man field.