Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Tiger Woods frustrated with 68 after five birdies on front nine

Tiger Woods frustrated with 68 after five birdies on front nine

Tiger Woods, chasing his first victory since 2013, charged early but faded late Saturday at the Quicken Loans National, finishing six strokes behind co-leaders Abraham Ancer and Francesco Molinari.

The world No 17 produced a world-class display and played a five-hole stretch in six under on his way to a bogey-free 62 at TPC Potomac, ending the week on a tournament record-low of 21 under and becoming the first Italian victor on the PGA Tour since 1947.

Woods will need to change this current harmful habit or he won't capture his 80th PGA Tour title and first victory in five years.

Ryan Armour placed second at 13 under while Sung Kang shot a 6-under 64 on the day to finish in third at 12 under overall.

Tiger Woods ran off four straight birdies and finished the front nine with seven consecutive one-putt greens.

Following a 275-yard drive at the par-4 fourth leaving 150 yards to the flagstick, Woods stuck his approach within seven feet and putted into the center of the cup, eliciting cheers that could be heard several holes away.

However, Molinari finished his round with pars on the final four holes.

Swinging with metronomic precision, the two-times European Ryder Cup member was never in danger of being caught after a 50-foot eagle at the par-five 10th.

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But Woods looks to have fallen out of contention after a two under 68 left him six shots off the lead.

South Korea's Ryu So-yeon used a hot putter and a lucky bounce on No. 7 to seize a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Women's PGA Championship on Saturday. He made amends on Par-3 17th with another birdie and turned in one-under.

The 14th is a drivable par-4, and Woods hit the green both days, only to see the ball bound over.

Further gains over the next two holes saw Woods threaten the lead, before cancelling out a blemish at the eighth by holing a 20-footer at the ninth to reach the turn in 32.

This week Woods added a TaylorMade putter to his bag, replacing the Scotty Cameron model he wielded to win 13 major championships, most recently the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in an 18-hole Monday playoff against Rocco Mediate. He's held the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour 45 times and won an astounding 43 of those events, that's a 95.6 percent conversion rate. "I would hope that it would be drier because it gives me a little better chance". I just drew on that. "It felt good to start my ball on the lines again".

"I grew up watching him play when I was in my teens and starting to think about turning pro", Molinari, 35, said of Woods. I just wanted to be one step ahead of him.

"It was nice to make a couple of birdies coming in, granted missed a little kick-in on 14", he said after another solid display since undergoing spinal fusion surgery a year ago.

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