What many people don’t understand about golf is that it is not like other sports where you can separate the game from what’s going on in your personal life. No, no, no. All serious golfers know everything has to line up to play golf well—the heart, the mind, the spirit, the soul, and the body—and your conscience needs to be clear as well. If any of these are out of whack, your game will be off.
Everybody would like to see Tiger make a roaring comeback, but this will probably never happen on a long-term basis until he makes peace with God through trusting Jesus Christ as Savior. He must allow Christ to interrupt his life and shock his life back in order as several people have tried to tell him down through the years.
You see, some years back, Tiger was hit with a series of blows that shook him to his core, and his mother’s calming religion was not robust enough to see him through. His parents’ bad marriage shook him. The death of his father shook him. The embarrassment of the exposure of his moral failures shook him. The breaking up of his marriage shook him and is still shaking him, and he has never recovered. Only Christ can help him make a roaring comeback.
Here is how it is going so far, today, at the PGA from USA Today:
Tiger Woods will start the final round of the 100th PGA Championship within striking distance of the lead after a marathon Saturday at Bellerive Country Club.
Woods finished the postponed second round with a 4-under 66, then followed that up with another 66 in the third round to put himself in contention for his elusive 15th career major title. Woods is tied at 8 under in the clubhouse with Stewart Cink and Jason Day as of 7 ET.
Brooks Koepka was out in front at 11 under with the remainder of the field on the back nine.
Here is a shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods’ third round at Bellerive:
Hole 18 – Par 4
Tiger ends his day with yet another perfect drive. His approach lands on the green just below the hole and spins back a bit. Like every other birdie putt on the back nine, this one misses just off the side. Par. 4-under 66 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 17 – Par 5
Tiger bombed this drive down the fairway, and he got aggressive with his approach. Boy, did it pay off! He attacks the green and his ball comes to rest just inside 20-feet, setting up an eagle putt. He gave this one a good run and finishes a few feet past the hole. Oh, no. He burns the edge with his birdie putt, leaving a three-putt par. Ouch. 4-under thru 17 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 16 – Par 3
Well, he certainly didn’t ace this one, and it’s not his best effort. Tiger plays it safe and keeps it in the middle of the green, well away from the back-right pin. Seriously?! Tiger had the perfect line as this one rolls within inches of the cup. What a roll. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Par. 4-under thru 16 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
MASHED POTATOES! GET IN THE HOLE! YAHTZEE! Tiger smoked his drive on No. 15 and he’s in a great scoring position. His approach is pin-high, about 20 feet right of the cup. Not too shabby. Wrong read, wrong speed, you guessed it: another tap in par. 4-under thru 15 (8-under for the tournament).