Situation not alarming, says Tiger Woods before final round

Tiger Woods was sent tumbling to last place before the final round takes place Sunday.

Tiger Woods plays a shot during round 3 of the Hero World Challenge 2018 at Albany, Bahamas.   -  PTI

Going into Sunday’s final round, debutants Tony Finau and Jon Rahm enjoy a share of the three-way lead ahead of several illustrious names in the select invitational field of the $3.5 million Hero World Challenge here.

Looking ahead, Finau sounded the most confident of the trio that includes Henrik Stenson, who has four top-five finishes in five appearances in this annual meet.

“The greens are perfect. You can make some putts out there. Just depends on the wind. It’s a good position to be in, and if I play well tomorrow, then I know I’ll have a chance to win.”

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About the round on Saturday, when he birdied four out of five par-5s, Finau said, “I played nicely. I took care of the par 5s, and on this golf course, that's what you have to do to play well.”

Rahm, who bogeyed two par-3s, said, “Besides those two holes, I played really, really solid, good golf, great off the tee, good ball-striking. Again, not many mistakes. The only thing I would say could use some improvement is just maybe making a few more putts.”

Stenson, a two-time runner-up said, “Winning is always nice. It never gets old no matter how big or small the tournament. You can't say that this is a small tournament given the field. It’s small in terms of number of players, but who you're playing against is obviously going
to give you a nice boost if you manage to win it at the end of the day. A lot of world ranking points at stake.”

For Tiger Woods, the only player not to break par twice in three days, the situation was “definitely not alarming.”

Sent tumbling to the last place before the final round, Tiger said, “I just haven’t played clean. Today was probably the best I've felt physically this week. Finally, I started to get my energy back and started to feel a little bit better. Just one of those days where I kept feeling like I was fighting from behind and somehow wound up with even par.”