Pebble Beach (AP)—Coming off an early bogey that put him eight
shots behind, Tiger Woods was in a bunker to the left of the 13th fairway at
Pebble Beach when he cut a 9-iron too much, sending it right of the green toward
The ball caromed off a mound and onto the green and started rolling. And
rolling. When it finally settled a foot below the hole, and the gallery’s cheers
grew increasingly louder, Woods hung his head and smiled.
He went from possible bogey to unlikely birdie.
And with five birdies in a six-hole stretch, he went from the periphery of
contention to the thick of it Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,
another step toward showing his game is on the way back.
“Looked like I was having a tough time making par, and I was making birdie,
and off we go,” Woods said. “Sometimes, we need those types of momentum swings
in a round, and from there, I made some putts.”
If nothing else, he made it interesting going into the final round of his
PGA Tour debut.
Charlie Wi played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69 to build a
three-shot lead over Ken Duke, who had a 65 on the Shore Course at Monterey
Woods had a 5-under 67, his best Saturday score on the PGA Tour since the
2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and climbed within four shots of the lead. It’s
the closest he has been to a 54-hole leader on the PGA Tour since the 2010
Saturday at Pebble is all about the stars, as CBS Sports traditionally
devotes its coverage to celebrities, from Ray Romano to Bill Murray dressed in
camouflage while throwing a football to former San Francisco 49ers lineman
Sunday will have some star power of its own.