Tiger Woods will head into the final round of the Genesis Open in contention for his first title at Riviera Country Club after a 6-under 65 third round to move to 10 shots back and 7-under overall for the tournament. Tiger’s round, which was his lowest score at the Genesis Open since 2004, was highlighted by a pair of eagles.
Tiger, who played his third round alongside Cody Gribble and Peter Malnati, began his third round from the 10th tee on Saturday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. local time. And he wasted no time getting to work, as he started off by going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on the first four holes.
Here’s how the first of two eagles in the round unfolded for Tiger. It took place at the par-5 11th tee.
His birdies came at the par-4 10th, 12th, and 13th holes.
Tiger would par the next three holes before play was suspended at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time when he and his group were at the par-5 17th hole.
After saying that he would get up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. local time the next morning for his Sunday tee time, Tiger and his group resumed play at the 17th tee at 6:45 a.m. local time. The 43-year-old Woods would par the 17th and par-4 18th holes to make the turn at 5-under 31 for the round.
Tiger’s strong play continued after the turn, as he nailed his second eagle of the round at the par-5 first hole. It was the first time that the 14-time major champion finished with two eagles in a round since the final round at the 2012 Honda Classic. It’s his 19th career round with multiple eagles.
Tiger would then settle for par on the next six holes before his bogey-free round would come to an end, as he bogeyed the par-4 eighth hole. Tiger closed out the round with par at the par-4 ninth hole and tied for 13th.
The 80-time PGA Tour winner and his group of Gribble and Malnati are expected to begin their final round at 10:10 a.m. local time on Sunday morning from the 10th tee. Players will stay in the same groupings for both the third and fourth rounds.
The only thing standing between Tiger and a chance to win his first-ever title at the Genesis Open? A scorching-hot Justin Thomas. The 25-year-old Thomas, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the world, is 17-under for the tournament and 6-under through 12 holes in the third round. He’s looking for his first win on Tour since the Bridgestone Invitational this past August.