Tiger Woods hasn't had an official PGA Tour victory in well over two years, but has put himself into position to make a Sunday charge after a remarkable 5-under round of 67 on Saturday, setting up a battle between himself and Charlie Wi, who finished the day four shots better at 15-under par.
Tiger began his round of the back nine of Pebble, firing a 4-under 32 that consisted of birdies on three consecutive birdies on 13, 14, and 15, drained a solid 15 foot putt for birdie 17, then had an easy chip and a tap in for birdie on the par 5 18th. He kept it up with another birdie on the par 5 2nd, but rode the par train from there on in to finish his day with a 5-under 67, 11-under for the week.
Tiger hasn't come from behind for many wins in his career, but one of them came right here at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in 2000, making a seven shot swing over the last seven holes to eclipse Matt Gogel for the title that year.
Cal Alumni Charlie Wi has been leading the tournament since Thursday, playing his third round over at Spyglass Hill on Saturday. Wi was incredibly steady all day long, firing two birdies on 4, 12, and 17 along with 15 pars the rest of the way to finish with a 3-under round of 69, just enough to keep his four shot cushion over Tiger and three shot cushion over Irishman Padraig Harrington, currently at -12 through 12 at Spyglass Hill, and Ken Duke, who is 5-under for the day through 16 holes at Monterey Peninsula.
Harrington and business man J.P. McManus also hold a six shot lead in the amateur portion of the event as well.
Phil Mickelson had some opportunities, but struggled a bit late, finishing 2-under for the day and 9-under for the week, as is Stockton native Ricky Barnes, long baller Dustin Johnson and South Korean Kevin Na.
A fun side note: Joespeh Bramlett, a Stanford Alum playing on a sponsor's exemption this week, make an albatross (or double-eagle) on the par-5 11th at Spyglass Hill today, using a six iron from 205 yards out, his first career albatross. Bramlett is currently 9-under par, ensuring himself a nice paycheck come Sunday already.
It's going to be an epic final round come Sunday, make sure to tune in to catch all the action!
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