"And tomorrow, not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds". That streak continued on the par-4 ninth hole, where his ball found the cart path. Playing out of it required a strong hook shot to the left to avoid two bunkers and darned if he didn't pull it off.
Despite the long, hot day, Tiger was feeling the love from the St. Louis crowd.
Woods, a 14-time major champion in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery, birdied five of the first eight holes and shared sixth on eight-under par through 14 holes at Bellerive Country Club.
Right in front of them was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for no other reason than he likes to make birdies.
"It's not necessarily the physical, it's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat".
In only his fourth start of the year and less than six months on from acknowledging he may never play again, Woods thrilled spectators in Florida by surging into contention at the Valspar Championship. That gave him a sliver of a chance, but he came up short when Koepka didn't flinch with two closing pars.
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The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. Our earth is passing through the debris, also known as a "river of rubble", at this time.
There were to be no more gains for Tiger, though, and a wild drive out of bounds at the par-five 16th resulted in the first of two successive bogeys that dropped him into a tie for fifth as Rory McIlroy charged to an emphatic victory. "It's fun", Cink said.
Seven of the top 12 players have already won one of the four majors - the Masters, The Open Championship, the US Open and US PGA Championship - while the presence of top-10 players Fowler and Rahm adds to a high-quality leaderboard.
In his third round, he hit 10 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens in regulation, was 3 for 3 scrambling and stroked 30 putts. "I was just trying to hit it 185 yards and obviously hit it 180 yards, but I think the wind switched on us a little bit".
Of course, the story of the tournament for Woods has been his play on the front nine over the first three days.
At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par.
It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere. It would be the first time Woods would have won a major without a lead or co-lead going into the final round. It's soft, it's plugging, we're able to hold 4-irons, 5-irons, whatever we want, at the flags.
Those birdies after his big blunder stood out to Finau, one of only 11 players to make the cut in all four majors this year.