What Jason Day said after winning the Wells Fargo Championship

Leigh Mccormick
May 7, 2018

The second bogey was especially painful, following his birdie on the par-five 15th with a missed two-footer on the par-three 16th.

Indeed, Woods struck the ball fine all week, ranking eighth in strokes-gained/tee-to-green and 12th in approach-the-green. That's fine. Not awful, but not terrific, either.

Bernhard Langer plodded his way to an even-par 72 on Saturday, good enough to maintain the lead at the Insperity Invitational as the leaderboard bunched up behind him. "I need to do some practice with my putter I know those greens (at Sawgrass), know the putts.I will be grinding and working on my swing", he said.

Tough setups made the back nine harder the first two days than it was on Saturday, and the vulnerable back nine was taken over with low scores by Day and many other players in the third round.

But things could have been so much better for McDowell as he handed two shots back on the 18th, finishing with a double bogey six.

First, he birdied No. 13. McIlroy signed for a 71 for 281, three-under-par. That would have been truly vintage Woods - instead, he left it about 7 feet short before sinking his third straight birdie.

He had only one birdie chance from inside 10 feet - a five-footer that he missed at the par-five 10th. I had a couple weeks like that. As for the putting, Woods said he made an adjustment that made him "more handsy, " allowing for a firmer stroke. "You're trying to nearly get through the first six holes".

If only that could have continued. For that, he needed to replicate his stunning final round of 2010 - when a closing 62 saw him leapfrog through the field to claim the title - but, this time, the Northern Irishman was unable to reproduce any of that drama and ultimately was confined to the role of bit player.

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Tiger Woods was a non-factor too, shooting 74 to finish 14 shots back.

Woods picked up six birdies to reach one-under 212 but finished the round on a sour note with a three-putt bogey on 18.

"I got fooled", Woods said of his first putt on No. 18.

Day then hit a pinpoint 7-iron shot from 230 yards off the flagstick, with the ball stopping four feet from the hole.

CBS Sports will have live updates throughout Woods' entire round on Sunday. This will be the LPGA Tour's first 36-hole event since the Bahamas-LPGA Classic in May 2013, which was cut short because of flooding. Save those last two holes, and vintage Tiger Woods carries some stream into the final round.

"My 61 was better", McIlroy said with a laugh, "it's a different course, I mean, 9 under around this place is pretty good". Now sitting at 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings, he said the goal is to get back there now healthy after an injury-riddled season previous year.

"I got burnt out being number one", said the 30-year-old.

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