Good putting offsets poor ball-striking for Woods

Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:35pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tiger Woods endured another bad day of ball-striking at the Tour Championship in Saturday's third round but was thankful for a relatively sharp putting display as he carded his first sub-par score of the week.

A distant 14 strokes off the pace overnight in the elite field of 30 in the PGA Tour's season finale, Woods returned a one-under 69 to end a wet, overcast day at East Lake Golf Club well down the leaderboard at three-over 213.

"I didn't hit it very good today," the world number one said after missing nine of 14 fairways and reaching only 11 of 18 greens in regulation. "I hit everything to the right or flipped it left, but I putted better.

"As I said yesterday, that was the difference. I hit the best the first day and made nothing and putted better the last two days."

Woods came into this week as the FedExCup points leader, seeking his sixth PGA Tour win of the season, but opening scores of 73 and 71 effectively ended his title bid.

However, he was in a surprisingly upbeat mood while talking to reporters and outlining his objective for Sunday's final round.

"The goal is to go out and shoot a low round tomorrow and see where the chips fall," Woods said after totaling only 28 putts on Saturday. "My responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one and see what happens."

NO IMPRESSION   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. walks off the green on the eighth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell