Woods made a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe on his final hole of the second round that assured he would make the cut-he ultimately made it with one shot to spare-and then he made Riviera rock with his start to the third round.
It was the kind of Saturday drama at the Genesis Open that sets the table for the final round, with one big difference.
It was the first time since the second round of the Buick Open in 2009 that he started 5 under through four holes.
"This has been something like seven out of eight days I've been up at 5 a.m., so that's tough, and tomorrow's no different", said Jordan Spieth, who was at 7 under and six shots off the lead when darkness dictated the week's third stoppage. He drilled the putt to quickly drop to 4-under for the tournament. Woods made another five on the par-4 fifth hole (more on that ugly bogey in a minute) and ended a fun (albeit bumpy) week with a 1-over 72 in the final round. CBS' Jim Nantz lost it when Woods rolled in the birdie putt.
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What went poorly: Everything went at least a little bit south, but it was his putter that failed him the most.
"He played a attractive round", said playing partner Woods, who started his day with his fifth bogey of the second round. 'It was just a long week, and eventually I made a few bad swings.
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In the morning, after finishing his second round of the rain-delayed tournament, Woods complained he was struggling reading the greens, as evidenced by his four three-putts in Friday's round. And I make a couple more putts? Scott bagged seven birdies but bogeyed the par 5, 17th hole to keep him from tying Thomas through 36 holes. It'll mark his first time competing at Golf Club de Chapultec, and normally on such a week he'd use Monday to familiarize himself with the grounds.
"I'm going to need to be patient because I'm playing so many holes", he said, "stay in it emotionally and stay patient, see what we can do".
The tournament is set to re-start play early this morning.
At Torrey Pines three weeks ago, where a final-round 67 helped him finish in a tie for 20th, Woods said he wasn't reading putts well.
Woods is playing the World Golf Championships in Mexico next weekend, but he wasn't looking that far ahead.
For the week, Woods hit 36 of 56 fairways and ranked 12th in strokes gained off the tee.
Although he got hot on the greens at the start of the third round when he went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, he was disappointed in his putting overall. "They're pushing us to get through it. Give us a bag lunch and we're off".