Remember how spectacular Tiger Woods was in the early 2000s? Well, that's how he looked when he began the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Saturday at Albany in the Bahamas.
But he just couldn't keep the momentum for all 18 holes.
When the final score was added up after a double bogey due to a water-ball second shot on No. 18, Woods finished with a 2-under 70. That got him to 8-under 208 for the tournament and nine strokes behind leader Hideki Matsuyama when his round ended.
Woods birdied his first three holes of the day, got up and down for a brilliant par at the fourth and then holed out a ridiculous bunker shot at the par-3 fifth hole -- four birdies in five holes.
On the sixth hole, Woods made his first bogey of the day, but backed it up right away with a birdie at the seventh. The bogey was Tiger's first over-par score in 24 holes, going all the way back to his double-bogey on No. 18 on Thursday to finish with a 1-over 73.
Woods would birdie the par-5 11th hole, but was slowed with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 to fall back to 3 under for the day and 9 under for the tournament.
At the 17th hole, Woods holed a roughly 20-foot putt for his seventh and final birdie of the day. Unfortunately, he gave it right back when he ran into trouble at the last. A tee shot sailed right into a waste area. With a sketchy lie, Woods was short and left of the green and wound up in the water. With his drop, Woods failed to get up and down and took double bogey. It was a disappointing end to what had been a mostly promising round.
That said, the week has gone better than anyone could have reasonably expected thus far -- no injury issues and a game that's looked sharp with occasional flashes of brilliance.
Here are some of the highlights from Tiger's third round:
Just like in Round 2, Woods pounded his opening tee shot down the middle of the fairway on Saturday and stuffed a wedge approach to set up a kick-in birdie to quickly move to 7 under:
Woods also knocked it close with his tee shot on the par-3 second hole to make it two birdies in two holes:
Woods hit a fabulous pitch shot at the par-5 third hole to set up a tap-in for his third birdie of the day:
Woods holed out on No. 5 for birdie to get to 10 under and within two shots of the lead at the time:
Woods erased his bogey at the par-5 sixth hole with this up and down from a bunker for birdie on No. 7:
Here's a look at some of the reaction on Twitter to Tiger's third round.