Round 4: PGA Championship
August 12 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Tiger Woods has 14 major championship titles on his resume but never one where he has come from behind to win.
If Woods is to creep closer to Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 majors on Sunday by winning his fifth PGA title, he’ll have to buck that trend. The man who leads the FedExcup standings will start the final round trailing Rory McIlroy by five strokes.
Woods was the second-round co-leader, just as he was at the U.S. Open earlier this year. He fell back into the pack, though, when he went out in 40, making three bogeys on Saturday before play was suspended and coming back this morning to miss another par putt, on the way to a 74.
Many, likely including Woods himself, thought the overnight suspension would allow the world No. 2 the chance to steady his game.
"Unfortunately I missed the putt, so it didn’t really do much," Woods said. "I figured the goal was to just come back out here and get to even par for the day, somehow grind it out and get back to even par, and I had it to I was 1-over par with two holes to go and dropped a shot at 17.
"But I played myself back into the tournament."
Woods, who leads the PGA TOUR with three wins this year, was encouraged by the way he fought back on the back nine with three birdies and just one shot dropped to par. He only hit eight of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation.
Woods will play with Vijay Singh for the second straight day, along with Peter Hanson, in the 1:23 p.m. ET group.
"I had a few good looks at it today, and I just couldn’t believe how slow these greens were this morning," Woods said. "I don’t know if they cut them or not, but they were just a lot slower. They’re slower than the putting green. Vijay (Singh) and I were talking about that a little bit today, and it was surprising that they’re not the same speed. We both struggled getting the balls to the hole."
Woods, who was on the putting green at dawn on Sunday, will likely spend some extra time there during the break. He took 30 putts on Sunday after using 22 and 26 in the first two rounds, respectively.
"You know, just give myself chances, give myself looks," Woods said when asked about his strategy for the final round. "This golf course you can take a double and a triple in a heartbeat without hitting bad shots.
“Just keep myself there where I’m right in it with a few holes to go because, as we saw at the last major championship we played, anything can happen."