Tiger Woods vaults into contention with solid third round

Carrie Guzman
December 7, 2019

Woods made the turn at 1-under for the day, but was almost flawless on the back nine, hitting eight of nine fairways off the tee to set up four birdies.

Patrick Reed held the outright lead after the second round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday while tournament host Tiger Woods used a back-nine surge to match the day's low score and remain six shots back.

We had some drama on Friday as Patrick Reed was penalized two strokes for improving his lie in a bunker and dropped down the leaderboard from T2 to sixth.

Defending champion Jon Rahm is just four back after he was also six under for the second day, the Spaniard joining Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson on eight under, but Justin Rose lost ground on the leader after a bogey-bogey finish to his 70.

Former Masters champion Reed fired his second consecutive six-under-par 66 to sit three shots clear of Woodland (69) in the 18-man exhibition event.

"I didn't feel it drag, but then when they brought it up to me it definitely did drag some of the sand and because of that it's considered a two-stroke penalty", he said.

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USA team captain Tiger Woods is two shots from the lead after a five-under 67. "At least I've got a chance going into the weekend".

"After seeing the club go back and brush some sand, they thought that's a breach in the Rules of Golf", Reed said, via the PGA Tour.

Reed was already a controversial pick for the event at Royal Melbourne after his outbursts following the U.S. team's loss at last year's Ryder Cup in France.

Stenson laboured to the turn in level par before reviving his challenge with three birdies in a row, and further gains at the 15th and 18th capped an excellent back-nine 31 and a round of 67.

Reed, who bogeyed the 12th, had recovered with birdies on 14 and 15 and after a bogey at 16 birdied the last.

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