PEBBLE BEACH -- The roars that shook Augusta National to its core in April were replaced by the groans of throngs of fans hoping golf's big cat could re-discover old magic at Pebble Beach.
But it was not meant to be.
Tiger Woods will not be a factor Sunday at the 2019 U.S. Open.
Entering Saturday, Woods found himself at even par, nine shots back of leader Gary Woodland. After putting woes and a late stumble cost him an opportunity to vault into contention Friday, Woods had to post a number on moving day in order to enter Sunday with a chance to find some magic and win major No. 16.
There was no low number to be found for Woods at a course he ripped apart 19 years ago.
His iron play was sporadic all day, starting on the first tee when he tugged his tee shot into the left rough leading to an opening bogey. Woods also bogeyed No. 3 before collecting back-to-back birdies at No. 4 and 5 to get back to even on the day. Just when it looked like the 15-time major winner might have steadied himself for a Saturday charge, he dropped a shot at seven after his par putt spun around the cup and lipped out.
He dropped another shot at 12 before sticking his third shot on the Par-5 14th hole to seven feet for his third birdie of the day. He followed that with a bogey on No. 15, but got the shot back by draining a 27-foot birdie putt on 16. He picked up a closing birdie on 18 to finish at even par for the day and for the tournament.
Woods knew he didn't do what was required of him to make Sunday interesting.
"I got off to a crap start," Woods said after his round. "Two-over through three and those are supposed to be the easier holes. I had to try and fight back and claw it around today which I was able to do.
"We'll see what the weather forecast is for tomorrow. There's a lot of guys ahead of me. It seems like everyone is doing what I was supposed to do early, which was play 2-to-4 under par through the first seven but we'll see what they do coming in."
When Woods walked off the course Saturday he was 10 shots back of Gary Woodland, leaving him no hope to mount a charge to the top of the leaderboard Sunday.
In the end, his irons were too inconsistent, his putter too wobbly to give him a shot at the scene of his most impressive major victory.
Woods arrived at Pebble Beach hoping to send the same roars across Stillwater Cove that he sent through the pine trees of Augusta National two months ago.
Instead, he'll arrive Sunday morning not with a chance to recapture the glory of 19 years ago, but with 18 holes to think about the opportunities he missed at Pebble Beach.