At the 10th, Woods found the right rough and pitched to eight feet then made a tension-packed putt to rescue par, a right fist-pump showing his joy at avoiding a third consecutive bogey on the hole. He shot 4-under 66 to reach 8 under. That was four back of leader Brooks Koepka - well within striking range, but not as good as it might've been.
"A little frustrated at this place in general", Spieth said.
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It's been much the same this week in St. Louis. Round One leader Gary Woodland shot a four under par 66 to get to 10 under for the tournament and hold on to the lead.
But Tiger's putter? It brought more moans than cheers from the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods.
He has not made a putt of longer than 17 feet over three days, and has only made five putts of more than 10 feet all week.
"I did not have my best stuff and hit one green in the last six holes but played them in two under".
"I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why", he said. "The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough".
"Hopefully this afternoon I can shoot a low one and it's going to take that because guys are making birdies from everywhere".
Wallace moved up the leaderboard thanks to a hole in one on the par-three 16th, describing it as the "best shot of my life". "They were like, 'Did you see that, No. 1 player in the world was here.' It's like, yeah, OK".
Looking to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Woods as the only players to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season, Koepka had raced to the turn in 30 and briefly enjoyed a five-shot lead at Bellerive Country Club.
Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots.
At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth.
Woods hit his drive at the fourth hole into thick rough to the left of the fairway, and he took a furious rip into the thick grass to advance the ball up the fairway at the par-4. He not only changed shirts this time, he changed colors - from a gray-and-white striped design early in the round to royal blue from the fifth hole on.
"Twenty-nine holes, it's not necessarily the physical, it's this mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat". He certainly gets points for showmanship and a willingness to attract some eyeballs, but he doesn't quite get full marks for creativity; Brown said he remembered seeing another fan do something similar about a year ago, and decided this would be the flawless time to go for it.
But not a lost day.
Spieth second-guessed his decision to try to hit a 5-iron out of the woods en route to the triple.