Tiger Woods was unable to make the transfer he wanted to get into competition for a fourth US Open title as he managed solely a scrappy, level-par 71 on day three at Pebble Seaside.
9 strokes behind in a single day, Woods wanted a quick begin to his third spherical to revive his hopes of a 16th main crown, however he suffered early setbacks with bogeys at two of the primary three holes.
The Masters champion repaired the harm rapidly with back-to-back birdies, however his inconsistent kind continued on the back-nine as he combined two extra bogeys with three birdies, though two beneficial properties over the past three holes lifted his spirits.
Woods tugged his opening tee shot into the left tough and was pressured to lay-up, resulting in a gap bogey and an audible curse or two, and after he missed an excellent likelihood from 10 toes on the second, he dumped a wedge right into a greenside bunker on the subsequent and couldn’t stand up and down.
The 43-year-old responded with a birdie on the fourth after which rattled in a 25-footer for a two on the fifth to get again to stage par, however he wanted three to get down from simply in need of the inexperienced on the sixth and three-putted the seventh to drop one other shot.
He scrambled pars at 10 and 11 however blotted his card at each the 12th and 15th both aspect of a birdie on the lengthy 14th, however he restored respectability with an enormous putt from simply inside 30 toes for birdie at 16 and a cushty two-putt birdie on the final.
“I got off to a crap start,” was his blunt evaluation afterwards. “Two over by means of three, and people are the simpler holes. And I needed to attempt to battle again and claw out a spherical in the present day, which I was in a position to do.
“I’ve had my probabilities to put up good rounds this week, and in the present day was an ideal instance, I fought again and if I was in a position to clear up my rounds the primary two days, I can be nearer to the lead than I am now.”