After two disappointing rounds to open the TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods finally broke par in the third round. I won’t go so far as to say that just because Woods shot a sub-par round of 69 – good for one under par – that he will be satisfied, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. Tiger carded rounds of 73 and 71 over the first two days. Today’s 69 moved him to three over par for the tournament and put him in a tie for 26th place.
Woods has struggled mightily at East Lake this week. He failed to record a birdie in the first round – something that had only happened to him seven times previously in his career on the PGA Tour. He had a nice round going yesterday until he hit the 14th hole. To that point in the round, Woods was five under par and looking like he was going to make a run and move into contention. He then proceeded to play the final five holes of the round in six over par, essentially eliminating him from the championship.
The third round was a relatively quiet one for Tiger. He carded a bogey on the third hole and then rolled in back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15. He had a par on every other hole. “I didn’t hit it very good today,” said Woods. “I hit everything to the right or flipped it left, but I putted better.”
If it hasn’t been one thing that has let Woods down this week, it’s been another. He didn’t putt particularly well over the first two rounds. Today, when he started putting better, his ball striking left much to be desired.
At this point, the only hope that Woods has to win the FedEx Cup title is for Henrik Stenson to falter on Sunday and blow his four-shot lead. If someone from outside of the top five in the standings wins the event, he could still have a chance at the $10 million check. As long as Woods finishes above 29th he still has a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup title. I don’t think it will matter where he finishes, however, because I don’t see Stenson relinquishing the lead.