"I tried to play the percentages on every single shot I hit. And I made a 4-footer for an 8," Johnson said. "A good 8."
Woods was more bothered by not making birdie, especially after missing chances inside 15 feet on his first three holes. But he finally made one from 10 feet on the fourth, and we he holed an 8-foot birdie at No. 6, he was tied for the lead.
He swapped birdies and bogeys the rest of the way, with one unusual par on the 13th. He hit his drive so far left that it went into the 14th fairway, which led to a blind shot over the trees into a bunker. He blasted out to 5 feet and made the putt.
Sabbatini had birdie chances along the back nine, but he holed several par putts from the 5-foot range to keep his name atop the leaderboard and set up a final round that should be entertaining, and another chance for him to back up his brash talk.
There's a part of Woods that admires his attitude, noting that a lot of players think as Sabbatini does, but not everyone says it.
Sabbatini put it all into perspective.
"Tiger has done a lot to deserve all the respect he has," he said. "But you can only let it go so far before you're just standing there watching him play instead of being out there competing. I'm not a person that's going to sit there and watch."