Rumors of his demise may be greatly exaggerated. McDowell carded a 1-under 70 at Riviera on Saturday – his third straight sub-par round – and trails 54-hole leader Bubba Watson by two strokes heading into the final round.
He used his driver sparingly on Saturday but belted blasts of 327 yards at the 5th and 321 yards at the 14th to reach both par 5s in two shots. (The 129-mph swing at 14 was the fastest recorded swing on the PGA Tour this season.) To do so he had to modify his technique slightly.
Once the ball landed it picked up speed and as if drawn by a magnet obediently curved toward the hole. Woods pumped his fist in celebration. Snedeker who played alongside Woods for the fourth time this season simply smiled and laughed.