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SportTiger Woods' torrid start to third round is paused by darkness; he's still seven off lead

05:45  17 february  2019
05:45  17 february  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods set for Round 1 of Genesis Open after delay

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods set for Round 1 of Genesis Open after delay Shot by shot updates from Tiger Woods' Round 1 of the 2019 Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

Tiger Woods' torrid start to third round is paused by darkness; he's still seven off lead© Yong Teck Lim PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16: Tiger Woods hits a tee shot from the 12th hole during the third round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Tiger Woods was finishing up the par-3 16th at Riviera Country Club when playing partner Peter Malnati jogged ahead to the 17th to get his tee shot off on the par 5. Doing so meant the group could finish the hole if they wanted to even after the horn sounded for darkness in the third round of the Genesis Open.

“The way I was feeling, the way I was playing, I wanted to play as many holes as possible,” Woods said.

Tiger Tracker: Following Tiger Woods shot by shot Saturday at Genesis Open

Tiger Tracker: Following Tiger Woods shot by shot Saturday at Genesis Open Live updates on every shot for Tiger Woods Saturday in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. His second round continues at 10 a.m. ET Saturday morning, and we'll be tracking all the action shot by shot right here. Woods played 30 holes Friday due to previous weather delays and carded a 1-under 70 in the opening round. Woods teed off on No. 10 to start Round 2 and got to 3 under overall with an eagle at the par-5 first hole. He fell back to the cut line with consecutive bogeys before the horn blew and play was suspended for the night due to darkness.

Indeed.

Beginning on the back nine, Woods got off to a torrid start with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run to skyrocket up the leader board after barely making the cut a few hours earlier.

Woods’ hot putter eventually cooled, with pars on each of his next three holes. But it was an impressive turnaround from his first two rounds, when he ranked outside the top 100 in strokes gained-putting.

“I didn't have four three-putts out there,” he said, alluding to his opening round. “That was positive, and I got off to a nice little roll.

“Conditions were a little bit tough in the beginning, which was good for me because the guys weren't really doing much around the golf course, so that was positive.”

The downside for Woods, however, is that he’s still seven strokes back of leader Justin Thomas, who got in just two holes before play was called for darkness.

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“I’ve got some work to do,” Woods said.

So does everyone.

It will be a quick turnaround for all 76 players who made the cut with a 6:45 a.m. restart. For Thomas, that means a 4:15 a.m. wake-up call. Woods? He said he’ll get up at 2 or 3 a.m. to “start the process.”

Once he’s back on the course, he’ll be faced with a short up-and-down to try to save par on the 17th, where, with darkness quickly encroaching on Saturday, he badly tugged his second shot, a 3-wood from 272 yards, and watched asball hit a tree and dropped straight down. Rather than mark, he kept going and left a baby wedge from 78 yards woefully short, leaving himself 35 feet.

Sunday’s forecast won’t make things any easier, with temperatures expected to be in the mid 40s, along with wind and possibly more rain later in the morning.

“It's going to be a long one,” Woods said. “Last couple days, it’s definitely testing the body.”

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