It was an up-and-down day at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tiger Woods birdied two of his final three holes to remain two shots clear of Zach Johnson. Tiger heads into the final round at eleven-under par, Zach Johnson is at nine-under, and Bubba Watson is at seven-under.
Speaking from personal experience, golf is a fickle game. I once backed up a career-best 65 with a 76 on the same day. Tiger Woods backed up his second-round 62 with an even-par 72 today. The weather conditions were a factor, but an even par round must have felt like a punch in the gut.
Zach Johnson was having a rough day before birdieing two of his last three to secure an even-par round. Johnson exhibited his ability to grind out a respectable score after two double bogies on the back nine nearly derailed his title hopes.
As Tiger and Zach were struggling, Bubba Watson had a chance to tie Woods for the lead if he made a long birdie putt on 18. Instead, Watson three-putted, and now stands four shots behind Woods. Bubba’s three-under 69 was tied with Webb Simpson for the second lowest score of the day.
Matt Kuchar shot a four-over 76, and is currently in fourth place at four-under par. Webb Simpson’s sub-70 round moved him into fifth place at three-under total.
The best round of the day belonged to Rory Mcllroy, who shot a four-under 68 to move into a tie for eleventh place.
Don’t forget to flip on the final round tomorrow during commercial breaks of your favorite football team. Coverage begins at 1 pm ET on the Golf Channel, and switches to NBC from 3-6 pm ET.