US PGA: Tiger Woods woeful, Phil Mickelson worse
World number one Tiger Woods and second-ranked Phil Mickelson sputtered across Oak Hill on Saturday in the third round of the PGA Championship, dooming dreams of a title fightback.
Mickelson, coming off a British Open triumph three weeks ago, hit a spectator with an errant shot and was four-over on the front nine Saturday and six over for the tournament, although a birdie at the 12th lifted his spirits.
Woods, a 14-time major champion who has not won a major since the 2008 US Open, made bogeys at the first and third holes but found only 3-of-7 fairways on the front nine, spending plenty of time in the thick rough where he spent much of the first two days at the year’s final major tournament.
A week after taking his fifth title of the year at a World Golf Championship event, Woods was two over for the day after 10 holes and three over overall at the USD 8 million tournament.
Woods was in the left rough off the first tee and left a long par putt just short of the hole. At the par-3 third he popped a birdie chip across the green 12 feet past the cup and missed his bid for par.