"After this week I could just retire, it's been so wonderful".
Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, needing only the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam, opened birdie-birdie but took a double bogey at the par-3 sixth then followed that with three consecutive birdies.
That par was the most disappointing of the 10 straight Woods made to finish his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship. He missed 15-foot birdie putts on 15 and 16 and reached 17, a par 5, in two, but three-putted from 42 feet, leaving the first putt 11 feet short.
"Another low round", Woods said on what it will take to win.
"I'm a little bit exhausted".
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Of course, any time Tiger is playing, he is going to dominate coverage (as he should), but this felt like we were just watching the two afternoon featured groups (Woods, McIlroy and Thomas, and Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Keegan Bradley) on PGA.com.
It's been much the same this week in St. Louis.
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Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, began four back. Wonder if a tournament director might put them in the same grouping for the first two rounds? He went on to pull his birdie putt, settling with par; he'd go on to par the 18th hole as well, capping off a back nine where he left several strokes on the greens-which Woods was mildly critical of after his round.
"I've worked my way into a chance to win this tournament just to throw it away on a bad decision", said Spieth.
"The greens were getting fuzzy and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough".
Brooks Koepka, leading the field, was still to come up the fairway, as was Adam Scott, and Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.
After finishing the second round, the 80 who made the cut were sent off the first and 10th tees in trios in a bid to complete the third round by sunset.
Thousands of spectators watched Woods sink a 17-foot birdie putt on the first hole and drop his approach to four feet setting up a birdie at the second.
Woods' driver has put him in some precarious spots throughout his final round at the PGA Championship, but Woods has managed to get up-and-down nearly every time.
"The difference between the level I think I've played at and the top level is very fine and really after a little while it's just that little bit of confidence that you lack", Scott said after his six-birdie round was blemished only by a closing bogey on the ninth.
Being unable to score on the back nine has been a constant for Woods all week.