Woods still steamed about 'oscillated' incident
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Steve Lundyemail@example.com Tiger Woods tees off on the first tee during the third-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Saturday.
Despite firing a 66 on Saturday to put himself right in the hunt at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods was still a little miffed that he wasn't sitting at 11 under instead heading into Sunday's final round.
But a 2-stroke penalty assessed against him by Slugger White following Woods' Friday round made sure of that. It also assured the continued use of the word oscillated for at least one more day.
"I was pretty hot because I felt like nothing happened," Woods said. "I felt like the ball oscillated and that was it. I played the rest of the round grinding my tail off to get myself back in the tournament, and then to go from 5 to 7 behind ... that was tough.
"There were a lot of thoughts going on (Friday) night, but the sun comes up in the east and we start a new day."
Matt Kuchar started his third round super early Saturday morning.
Being in 61st place in a field of 70 will do that to a guy.
But a day after Jim Furyk's round of 59, Kuchar flirted with that magic number before finally settling for a 10-under 61 -- which leapfrogged him up the leaderboard into a tie for 16th.
And with relatively benign weather conditions, Kuchar admitted he was thinking of the magic number all the way to the 18th hole.
"I was just shocked seeing the scores that were posted the first two rounds; I thought this course was challenging even without the conditions, but with 15-, 20-mile-an-hour winds all day, I thought the place was really tough.
"Today was completely different than what it was yesterday. Even a 59 today is not near what a 59 yesterday was. But still, it crossed my mind."
Even while he was trying to hole out for an eagle on the 18th.
"I had a thought on the last hole that, gosh, if I hole this out from the fairway, it's a 59," Kuchar said. "I think I got it at least to scare the hole a little bit."
Courtesy of his hole-in-one on No. 17, Hunter Mahan not only earned himself a brand-new electric BMW, but also will see BMW contribute $100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
"That's awesome of BMW to do that, to have that Evans Scholarship," Mahan said. "It's awesome that a kid is going to have a great education, so that's amazing."
As was the ace itself.
"I hit it solid and it was just left of the hole," Mahan said of his 5-iron. "I saw it bounce and I thought it was going to be OK, and from there we just heard the roars."
Stay classy, Chicago:
First, some goof yells out "Go Tiger" in the middle of Sergio Garcia's backswing on his approach shot into No. 18 and then a 'fan' in the grandstand screams out "You (stink)" to Zach Johnson after Johnson missed a 10-footer on the 18th.
Make it stop.
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