Tiger says he’s still in the hunt at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods on the practice green prior to teeing off for the third round of the PGA Championship Saturday at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. (Tyrone Walker/Staff) Buy this photo

KIAWAH ISLAND -- Tiger Woods trails Rory McIlroy by five shots going into this afternoon’s final round of the PGA Championship. But Woods says he isn’t out of it.

“I’m right there. I was at one point six back, and we had a lot of holes to play so I was very encouraged the way I dug down deep and got this thing turned around and gave myself a chance going into this afternoon,” said Woods, who was 1-under for the 11 holes he had to complete.

Woods is in a four-way tie for sixth place at 2-under-par 214 after rounds of 69, 71 and 74. Also at 214 are Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson. In front of him are Carl Pettersson (4-under), and Bo Van Pelt, Trevor Immelman and Adam Scott (3-under).

“I had a few good looks at it and I just couldn’t believe how slow these greens were this morning. I don’t know if they cut them or not, but they were just a lot slower,” he said.

“They’re slower than the putting green. Vijay and I were talking about that a little bit today, and it was surprising that they’re not the same speed. We both struggled getting the ball to the hole.”

Woods said his goal for the fourth round was to give himself opportunities.

“This golf course you can take a double or triple (bogey) in a heartbeat without hitting bad shots,” said Woods, who also had an encounter with a cactus plant after an errant tee shot on the 15th hole. “Just keep myself there where I’m right in it with a few holes to go because, as we saw at the last major championship we played (British Open), anything can happen.”

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