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Jeffrey Swinger

Jeffrey Swinger

From the spots he was hitting it off the tee, many players would have struggled to break 80.

"But I was scoring". His chip rolled through the putting surface and he walked off with a double-bogey that put him two-over and outside the cutline.

Woods once birdied the final hole at Torrey Pines to force a play-off in the 2008 US Open that he would go on to win.

Woods got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth. The longest of his birdie putt was from just inside 2 feet on No. 10 that got him back to even par for the round. He was 7-under over his last 15 holes, including eagles on the ninth and 17th holes and a birdie on the 18th for a 5-under 67.

"Everything is shaping up nicely; I drove it great today which gave me a lot of opportunities, and then I putted well", said Day. The par 5s are very reachable for me hitting some irons in there.

Rahm added another birdie at the 10th only to give the shot back with a scrappy five at the 12th, and he failed to take advantage of a flawless drive at the last as his second came up short and found the water hazard, and he took three to get down from the drop zone to run up a costly seven. "I'm not flinching. It doesn't hurt as I take the club back; it doesn't hurt right before impact; it doesn't hurt after impact; it doesn't hurt when I walk".

His inability to capitalize on that potential tournament-changing moment opened the door for Noren to grab the lead after the third round.

Woods was seven shots behind Tony Finau, who led after his 65 on the North Course.

While the likes of Noren, Palmer and Rahm jockeyed for the lead in relative quiet, Woods again attracted a large and boisterous gallery.

"So that is something I am going to have to get used to and what are my "feels" for certain shots now in going forward. And trust me, I'm trying".

The 42-year-old Woods is back on the PGA Tour after undergoing back surgery for the fourth time in April 2017. Sunday is another rep, and while Torrey Pines is tough and promotes boring golf, the boring stuff is still better than anything we've watched the last few years. Let down by some stray tee shots, the American hit just eight of 14 fairways, and 12 of 18 greens in regulation.

"It would be nice to shoot something in the 60s", Woods said. "I still need more rounds under my belt".

Woods's fused spine got a workout as he repeatedly hit out of dense rough. I was trying to manage the disk and the vertebrae, but it's all finished now.

'I've played every day preparing at home but you can't replicate what it's like at a tournament'.

"It felt good, looked good, and then we were listening for some noise", Woods said of the near miss. "Some of my go-to shots aren't there".

"My short game kept me alive, definitely", Rahm, the defending champion, said in a Golf Channel interview.

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