NASSAU, Bahamas — Forgot about what Tiger Woods could do, didn’t you?
Forgot how he could grab control of a leaderboard. Forgot how he could make a better shot than you could even imagine. Forgot how he could singlehandedly take down an entire tournament, nothing but him, his putter and that stare.
Woods started the first two days at the Hero World Challenge by hitting every realistic mark. Saturday, he got ridiculous.
With all the conditionals about this being an easy setup and a small field, the facts remain: Woods opened his third round with four birdies in the first five holes. After being nine strokes off the lead after the first day, by his fifth hole on Saturday he was just two strokes behind Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson atop the leaderboard.
[Tiger Woods: ‘Not quite there, but it’s coming’]
From his opening tee shot, a dead-bang bomb right down the middle of the fairway at the Albany Golf Club that led to a birdie, Woods appeared locked in, focused in a way he hasn’t