Olympic’s Lake Course, with its small, sloping greens firming up minute by minute in the sunshine and crisp breezes of the afternoon, made Woods work for the share of the lead he regained after birdies at the 10th and 13th.
At the par-five 16th, he saved par from a bunker, where he popped out to about 15 feet despite an awkward stance. At the par-five 17th, his approach rolled like a rocket through the green and down a steep bank at the back. He spun his third shot up to about 10 feet and two-putted for par.
At 18 he was again in the fairway, but from there found the front greenside bunker. He blasted out and made his par-saving putt. “That was not easy,” Woods said. “Just had to stay as patient as possible and I did a really good job of that today."