They call it moving day here at Augusta National, and that’s exactly what Tiger Woods did in the third round.
Starting the day seven shots off the lead at -1, Woods knocked in four birdies in a flawless 68 to put him right back in the fight at -5.
High back nine of 33 included birdies at 10 and 13 before he almost holed his wedge approach on the par-4 th17th.
He looked destined to drop his first shot of the day on the 18th, when he carved his drive right into the trees for the second day running.
But Woods being Woods he somehow drilled a low shot under the branches which scampered on to the green, where a two-putt was inevitable.
He’s still five shots behind leader Trevor Immelman, but he said: “I put myself right back into the tournament today. This was as high a score as I could have shot today, and if I had a few more putts go in I’m right there – but I’m still right there anyways.”
Woods used his stinger three-wood off the tee to great effect in a day which he said tested his patience.
The world number one, who’s going for his fifth Green Jacket tomorrow, added: “I hit the ball well all day and I hit a lot of good putts which didn’t quite have the speed or the line. It was just a touch off, and you’re going to pay the price.”
The highlight of his round was the kick-in birdie at 17, and he quipped: “Yeah, I could read that one. I think it was straight in from there.”
After that, he came up with a magical par from a terrible drive, saying: “The second shot I just had to fit it through the trees. I had 180 to the hole and I had to hit the right trajectory as well. I was either making six or four, one of the two.”