He had some trouble, though, with the Green Mile, as the closing three holes are called, starting with a bogey at the par-4 16th and a wayward approach shot into the par-4 18th that almost led to disaster.
Thinking for a moment that he had holed his birdie putt, he raised his putter in triumph, only to see the ball skirt by the edge and run several feet past. Watney has now cashed in 11 consecutive weekends with the best of the bunch T20 his last time out on his own ball at the Valero Texas Open.
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And so it goes for golfers, who seemingly always believe that the score could have been lower. He turned it around and was 32nd (.547) in Strokes Gained Putting during Saturday's 68, but he couldn't continue the momentum on Sunday. He starts Sunday four shots out of the lead. Rory McIlroy had 66.
He didn't panic when he was 1 over through the tough six holes at the start, or when he failed to birdie either of the next two holes that are the easiest for scoring on the front.More news: Toure to leave Manchester City at the end of the season
"I'm just not that comfortable with anything right now", McIlroy told Golf Channel.
"It's just been a little bit of the driver getting better today", said DeChambeau. But I made nothing. The five-time major champion has never won at Quail Hollow, but did have a runner-up finish in 2010, finishing four strokes back of two-time victor McIlroy, who shot a five-under 66 on Saturday and is at three-under 210. Nor did the fact that there would be a good number of people between him and the lead.
Although he has hit just half the fairways, Woods hit 15 of 18 greens, matching his best of the year, which came in the final round of the Masters. He has seven top-5 finishes.
Day carded 10-under through 54 holes.
Tiger Woods, who has struggled with his putting this week, delivered six birdies for a three-under 68 to go one-under 212, nine strokes off the lead.More news: English Premier League: With top four at stake
Woods's next start is in four days at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where he'll be grouped with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for the opening two rounds. If seven birdies and two bogeys is the downside, I'm riding him all the way to finish line tomorrow. I knew things were going to turn around.
Birdies at the fourth and seventh were followed by an eagle at the 10th, where Mickelson holed a 30-footer.
It was his worst score in relation to par in 32 rounds at Quail Hollow.
"It's a major championships golf course so you've got to be patient and take your chances when you get them", he said. "I hope, not, but it seems like it".
American Nick Watney is two shots off the pace following his third-round 66 at Quail Hollow. The five-time tour victor has just one top-25 finish this season, coming a few weeks ago at the Valero Texas Open.More news: Dispute Leads to Shooting at Nashville Mall; 1 Shot
They were a combined 15 under on Saturday - and wondering why it wasn't more.
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