Tiger Woods Shoots 69 At PGA Tour Championship 3rd Round

09/21/2013 02:08 pm ET
  • Golfweek
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By Jeff Rude, Golfweek

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods didn’t make a birdie during the first 13 holes Saturday in the Tour Championship's third round. It brought to mind opening day, when he had his first birdie-less round since the 2010 U.S. Open.

You might say playing competitor Jason Dufner, he of expressionless faces and dry humor, noticed Woods’ dry spell.

“Duff was giving me a pretty good earful going down 13,” Woods said, smiling.

The earful and drought, however, stopped on the next hole when Woods chipped in from 19 feet for birdie – one of his two during a 69 that left him at 3-over-par 213 and in a tie for 26th in the elite 30-man field.

“So I was able to fire right back at him that I wasn’t shut out,” Woods said happily.

His ball-striking off, Woods hit five of 14 fairways for the second day in a row and 11 greens in regulation, his low for the week. He missed mostly to the right off the tee but also had the dreaded two-way miss going.

“I hit everything to the right or flipped it left,” Woods said.

He’s projected second in FedEx Cup points. If he stays there, he would receive a $3 million bonus – or $7 million less than the FedEx champion. Hence he sounded like he’s still focused despite being 15 strokes off the lead.

“The goal is to go out and shoot a low round tomorrow and see where the chips fall,” Woods said.

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