A four-under third round by the 14-time major-winner took him to nine-under and four behind leader Brooks Koepka, who had four holes remaining.
Tiger Woods has a chance to win this thing at age 42, more than 10 years after his 14th and last major title and only three weeks after he held The Open lead with eight holes to play.
Well, it depends on how you look at it. Needing to go low to put himself in contention for the final round, Woods had an ideal start to his round at Bellerive Country Club.
The ball sailed right into the trees and hit a cart path, cannoning deep into the woods.More news: Koepka takes 2-shot lead at PGA Championship
Woods failed to convert on both, despite having given himself excellent chances.
He'd have a better shot at his first major victory since 2008 had it not been for a sloppy three-putt on No. 17, a par-5 on which he turned a 19-foot eagle putt into a devastating par.
To see Koepka flirt with vaporizing a loaded leaderboard like this one maybe shouldn't be surprising.
That left Woods five strokes off the pace of U.S. compatriot Koepka, who birdied five of his first nine holes to make the turn on 13-under par, three shots ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland with Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, and American Kevin Kisner another stroke adrift. Innisbrook, Bay Hill, TPC Sawgrass, Muirfield Village, TPC Potomac, Carnoustie. It is a trend that he has yet to buck.
While inclement weather forced a delay in the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, Gary Woodland was already in the clubhouse with the lead.More news: Maurizio Sarri: 'I must adapt to Chelsea'
Koepka blew out the U.S. Open field at Erin Hills past year with a record-tying finish of 16 under, this after his short-game coach got right up in his face on the range and told him, "You're no good". Koepka appears fearless with the driver.
Koepka, his biceps peering out like pillars from underneath the inadequate canopy of his ill-fitting Nike shirt, decimated the front side of the golf course on Saturday. Tiger's driver still remains a liability.
And the proof is in the 60 minutes of coverage beginning with the super group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas teeing off at 2:48 p.m. A lot needs to go right. His first putt of the day led to a signature fist pump.
Woods and Fowler were among those just happy to get off the course. He has now been in contention or on the fringe of it several times, including at The Open, the Quicken Loans National, the Players, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Valspar Championship.
With a heat index north of triple digits and the kind of humidity that makes the championship's relocation to the more comfortable confines of May starting next year a welcome reprieve, the strongest have risen to the top. Then again, Furyk would love those 10 birdies from Finau next month in Paris.More news: Paul Pogba Named Manchester United Captain - Starting XI V Leicester Confirmed
"And I took the wrong mindset", Scott admitted Saturday after shooting a 5-under 65 that left him two shots back of Brooks Koepka heading into the final round of the PGA Championship. And yet, there were times he fell behind during the final round and still won. Four wins for a 28-year-old is pretty good.