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Tiger Woods is close to ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead in Atlanta.
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September 23, 2018
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PGA Tour

Tour Championship 2018

September 20-23

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

$9,000,000

September 20-23

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

$9,000,000

Round 3

Tiger Woods surges into three-shot lead in Atlanta

Round 1

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Round 4

Round 1

Round 2

Round 4

September 22, 2018

Tiger Woods, who last won 1,875 days ago in August 2013 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, is close to ending his victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead in Atlanta.

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He was in a class of his own as he carded a five-under-par 65 to get to 12-under for the tournament at East Lake course.

After starting his round with a birdie on the par-4 first, he then produced a run of five birdies from third to eighth with amazing iron play and putting, including a 21-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole and an approach shot on the seventh from 172 yards that needed only a tap in from five feet.

"I got off to a nice start and made some nice putts. Good Lord," Woods said afterwards.

"I left myself in good spots, too, so I was able to take a run at some of the putts. Other than number three, every putt was uphill, so it was nice. I felt like I could free-wheel it, and they went in."

Should he win this weekend it would be his 80 PGA Tour victory and put him two behind Sam Snead's 82 record.

"I would love to be able to win this event," he said.

"I've got a three-shot lead. I've got a bunch of guys behind me that have been playing well and are playing well, and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

"Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extra," Woods added.

"So, that helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help. That's a big difference."

"This is a spot I'd much rather be in than certainly four or five back.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Tiger Woods
USA
-12
65
68
65
198
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-9
66
67
68
201
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-9
67
68
66
201
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
68
68
68
204
T4
Kyle Stanley
USA
-6
69
68
67
204
T6
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
71
65
69
205
T6
Paul Casey
ENG
-5
68
71
66
205
T6
Tony Finau
USA
-5
67
71
67
205
T9
Aaron Wise
USA
-4
70
69
67
206
T9
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
69
70
67
206
T9
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
66
72
68
206
T9
Justin Thomas
USA
-4
67
69
70
206
T9
Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
68
70
68
206
14
Webb Simpson
USA
-3
69
70
68
207
15
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
69
69
70
208
16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
72
66
71
209
T17
Jason Day
AUS
Par
68
73
69
210
T17
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
73
69
68
210
T17
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
71
71
68
210
T17
Rickie Fowler
USA
Par
65
72
73
210
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
2
71
75
66
212
T21
Cameron Smith
AUS
2
70
73
69
212
T21
Kevin Na
USA
2
72
68
72
212
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
71
65
76
212
T25
Brooks Koepka
USA
4
69
78
67
214
T25
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
70
75
69
214
T27
Bubba Watson
USA
5
70
72
73
215
T27
Keegan Bradley
USA
5
73
73
69
215
29
Patrick Reed
USA
8
72
74
72
218
30
Phil Mickelson
USA
11
73
72
76
221
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Tiger Woods
USA
-12
198
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-9
201
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-9
201
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
204
T4
Kyle Stanley
USA
-6
204
T6
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
205
T6
Paul Casey
ENG
-5
205
T6
Tony Finau
USA
-5
205
T9
Aaron Wise
USA
-4
206
T9
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
206
T9
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
206
T9
Justin Thomas
USA
-4
206
T9
Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
206
14
Webb Simpson
USA
-3
207
15
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
208
16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
209
T17
Jason Day
AUS
Par
210
T17
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
210
T17
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
210
T17
Rickie Fowler
USA
Par
210
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
2
212
T21
Cameron Smith
AUS
2
212
T21
Kevin Na
USA
2
212
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
212
T25
Brooks Koepka
USA
4
214
T25
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
214
T27
Bubba Watson
USA
5
215
T27
Keegan Bradley
USA
5
215
29
Patrick Reed
USA
8
218
30
Phil Mickelson
USA
11
221

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