By petedirenzo
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Woods2_640After his round on Friday, Tiger Woods said he just needed a few putts to drop.
He got his wish on Saturday.
Starting on the back nine at Pebble Beach, Woods birdied five of six holes to go out in 32. He added one more birdie coming in to shoot a five-under 67, and Woods finished four strokes behind leader Charlie Wi heading into the final round on Sunday. He will play with Phil Mickelson (nine under) at 12:28 p.m. ET on Sunday.
"Today the putts went in," Woods said. "It was a nice little run."
Ken Duke fired a bogey-free 65 to move into second place, three shots behind Wi.
Wi has a nice lead, but he's never won on the PGA Tour, and he'll have a large group of superstars chasing him on Sunday.
One of those names will be Woods. After his lone bogey on No. 12, Woods caught fire with birdies on Nos. 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18. His birdie run brought back memories of his most-dominant performance, a 15-shot win at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, one of the greatest performances in the history of the game.
Woods has not won an official event since the 2009 Australian Masters. He did win his charity event, the Chevron World Challenge, in December, and he has almost looked like his old self ever since. In his first event this year, Woods tied for third at the Abu Dhabi Championship on the European Tour.
In his first two rounds this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his first PGA Tour event of the season, Woods's ballstriking was solid but putts weren't dropping. On Saturday he needed only 27 putts, six fewer than he recorded on Friday. Woods will need a few more putts to drop on Sunday if he wants to beat a stellar field and head home with another trophy from Pebble Beach.
"It's going to be really fun," Woods said. More Tiger: Tiger's Life in Pictures | Tiger's SI Covers | Tiger Homepage (Credit: Allan Henry/US PRESSWIRE)

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