Woods' personal life has been good, too. Three-time European Tour victor Matt Wallace had a moment to remember when he claimed a hole-in-one at the Par-3 16th.
And Woods knew the putt was bad. But he missed 5-footers for par at the 10th and 12th holes surrounding a birdie at the 11th.
The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars. He's 8-under par through three rounds and with another round like he had on Saturday, he should be right in the mix until the end.
A four-under third round by the 14-time major-winner took him to nine-under and four behind leader Brooks Koepka, who had four holes remaining. I'm getting a lot of KU and Mizzou people yelling back and forth.
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Fox started on the back nine at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, shooting even par through his first nine holes. Frankly, everything about this golf tournament in the St. Louis Cardinals' backyard was supposed to be for the birds. "They were talking about him as we left, and I was just standing there laughing".
Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, he displayed shades of his pre-back surgery greatness with a near-flawless front nine on the rain-soaked layout.
"As much as I can", Brown said of trying to follow Woods throughout his round. He's the first Utah resident to make the cut in all four majors in one year since Sandy's Mike Weir in 2008.
"It's been such a hard thing I think for us to get our heads around because we have been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia and everything happening so suddenly last week and then this week". American Brooks Koepka leads at 12-under, with Tiger Woods looming at eight-under after a second consecutive rounds of 66.
Kopeka birdied the first two holes to take the lead.
For Woods, that meant stirring hours before the 7 a.m. local tee time to go through a stretching and therapy routine that is required of a guy who has had four back surgeries.
When people mocked Erin Hills as an unworthy U.S. Open test, Koepka answered them two months ago by acing what the USGA conceded was an unfair test at Shinnecock Hills, and he became the sport's first back-to-back national champ since Curtis Strange three decades earlier.
At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead. Justin Rose (-4) leads the English challenge, with Matt Wallace and Ian Poulter just a shot back.
Former world number one Woods, who on Saturday morning finished off the last 11 holes of a storm-halted second-round 66, made a sizzling afternoon start, opening with back-to-back birdies and, after a bogey at five, adding two more at the par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh.