Woods barely made the cut because of the sanitary pad controversy
Eagle round 3 1, 3 birdies, 1 bogey 4 under par
Rank 26, increasing the possibility of completing the race in 10 months
Tiger Woods, bowed out by the sanitary napkin controversy on the PGA Tour, in which he participated for the first time in seven months, showed his strength in the third round and confirmed his presence. If Woods finishes the match without any issues in the 4th round, he will have completed one match on the PGA Tour since April last year.
Woods tied for one eagle, three birdies, and one bogey in the third round of the Genesis Invitational ($20 million total prize money) held at Riviera Country Club (par 71, 7322 yards) in Pacific Palisades, California on the 19th (Korea time) . He shot a 4-under 67.
Until the second round, Woods had a 1-over par of 143, tied for 58, and pulled up to pass the cut. However, Woods, who entered the third round, recorded an interim total of 3 under par, 210 strokes, and jumped to 26th place.
After finishing the second round the day before, the match was stopped due to sunset while the break was not confirmed, so Woods was able to play the third round after waiting for the results of the remaining matches that day. This is the first time in nine months that Woods has made the cut in a PGA Tour event since the PGA Championship in May last year.
Woods managed to pass the cut with a tie for 53 at the time, but withdrew in the third round due to poor physical condition. Woods, who missed the cut at the Open in July last year, returned to the tour after 7 months through this tournament hosted by his foundation. If the 4th round of this tournament is played without any problems, Woods will complete a PGA Tour tournament in about 10 months since the Masters Tournament (47th place) in April last year.
On this day, Woods started happily with a birdie from the 10th hole (par 4), the first hole. He then made a birdie on the edge of hole 14 (par 3). On the first hole of the second half, hole 1 (par 5), with 190 yards left, the second shot hit with an iron from the rough landed within 1m of the hole and became an eagle. Woods is 3 strokes clear of the group tied for 10th (6 under par, 207 strokes), so he can aim for his first top 10 on his return.
Meanwhile, World No. 3 Yon Ram in the lead with a total of 15 under par and 198 strokes in the third round. Ram, who dropped 6 strokes to 6 birdies in the 3rd round of birdies without a bogey, took just his third chance this year. Ram won the Sentry and American Express Tournament of Champions last month, and has been showing his peak performance with top 10 finishes in both tournaments since then.
Among Korean players, Kim Joo-hyung and Lim Seong-jae tied for 45th with an interim total of 1 under par 212 strokes, recording the highest position.
Reporter Kim Dong-hyun