The drive was, in Tiger Woods' own words, "a bad, bad tee shot."
Woods had just come off a birdie on the par-5 15th -- two-putting from 40 feet -- to rejoin the conversation at the Tour Championship, and he suddenly looked like he was slipping back into the peloton.
"I'm only four back and (the leaders) haven't played 15 yet, and if they pick up a shot there and I drop a shot (on 16), all of a sudden, it's six and that's big," he said.
Woods saw a gap in the right trees, like he used to in the old days.
"I looked at a pitch out sideways, but there is no guarantee I could actually keep it on the fairway because my lie wasn't very good," he said.
So he went for the heroic shot, like he always has.
"I ended up pulling it just a touch," he conceded.
Woods' effort hit a tree and the ball caromed, fortuitously, back into the fairway.
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