If Tiger Woods wants to win his first major in five years he will have to come from behind in the final round, a feat he’s never done before.
Woods finished two strokes back from playing partner and leader Lee Westwood after shooting a one-over 72 in the third round of the British Open on Saturday at Muirfield.
Tied for second, Woods enjoyed a solid start to the third round with a perfect uphill putt on the par-4 second hole for birdie. Later on the fourth hole Woods would overshoot from the bunker on his second shot of the par-3 and eventually bogey the hole. A missed long putt for par on the seventh hole also hurt Woods’s chances to take the lead.
Westwood suffered a bogey on the third hole, but his eagle on the par-five fifth hole and birdie on the seventh left him some breathing room. The 40-year-old also hit bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes, but his two birdies on the back nine ultimately handed him a one-under 70 on the day.
Hunter Mahan joins Westwood and Woods as the only players below par for the course through three rounds.
Mahan’s five birdies gave him a solid 3-under 68 in the third round, and will place him in the final pairing for the deciding round on Sunday.
Spain’s Miguel Jimenez struggled throughout the day with four bogeys on the front nine, and two more on the back with a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole. Jimenez shot a 77 in the third round, and fell to a tie for 11th place with a three-over 216.
The highlights for Woods and his post round interview with ESPN are below.
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