Tiger Woods is having a week in his return to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. After making a ridiculous left-handed par save from the bushes on Thursday, Woods stepped it up a notch Friday afternoon when he holed out from 81 yards for an eagle-2 at the par-4 13th hole.
Nailing that shot helped Woods win his third consecutive hole to go two-up on opponent Patrick Cantlay after trailing by two earlier in the round. It came amid a serious tear from Woods, who played holes 11-16 at 6-under par to score a huge comeback victory and punch his ticket to the weekend.
“I just tried to get it up there close and at least try to make a birdie with a three of my own,” Woods said. “Next thing you know, it falls in, so I’ll take it.”
TIGER. WOODS. #LiveUnderPar 🦅 pic.twitter.com/SfxpoBROoe— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019
In order to move on, Woods needed a victory over Cantlay as well as an Aaron Wise win over Brandt Snedeker. He got both, scoring a 4&2 win over Cantlay while Wise beat Snedeker, 6&4. Woods will face Rory McIlroy in a Saturday morning quarterfinal match and is looking for his third Match Play title. His most recent triumph came in 2008, and this week marks his first appearance in the event since 2013.
The six-hole stretch further proved that Woods is capable of going on big-time heaters at any given moment. There were similar stretches in last month’s Genesis Open at Riviera, and of course notable days from 2018, like the final-round 64 in the PGA Championship at Bellerive.
Woods got off to an unassuming start this week with a gritty victory over reigning Rookie of the Year Wise in their Wednesday match, during which neither player was at his best. Woods fell to Snedeker on day two and needed some help in order to advance beyond the group stage.
Image: Tiger Woods will face Rory McIlroy during Match Play on Saturday.