Tiger Woods once again showed a glimpse that he may someday win another PGA Tournament.
Then he immediately displayed the type of inconsistency that can prolong his drought.
Woods shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio., but left the course with a feeling he could have done better.
His 9-under 207 through three rounds felt highly disappointing to Woods.
“I was at 11 under par and I wasted a bunch of shots the past two days,” Woods told reporters. “You do the math.”
The sour feeling was prompted by going from a share for the lead to standing at least four shots back with dozens of golfers still on the course.
“For most of the day, I was pretty darn good,” Woods said.
Woods moved into a tie for the lead with a 14-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and then proceeded to stumble down the stretch.
He three-putted two of the final three holes — bogeying the par-3 16 and the par-4 18 — to slip to 9-under as he angrily walked off the course.
Most frustrating to Woods was having the 3-foot putt on 18 bounce off the cup and leaving a tap-in for bogey.
“I hit a lot of good putts today,” Woods said. “I just didn’t do that at the end.”
Woods is a five-time winner of the Memorial, with his most recent victory coming in 2012. He has 79 PGA Tour wins but the last win came at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
Woods shot an opening-round 72 and followed up Friday with a stellar 67.
He had pars on each of the first four holes on Saturday before posting an eagle on the 527-yard, par-5 fifth hole. He birdied three of the next four holes to record a 31 on the front nine.
He parred the next five holes before collecting the birdie on 15. He suffered a setback with the bogey en route to the poor closing stretch.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy put together a strong effort with an 8-under 64. McIlroy also eagled the fifth hole and collected six birdies. McIlroy is at 8-under 208 through three rounds.
–Field Level Media