Garcia leads Barclays; putter bedevils Woods
- By Bailey Mosier
- Aug 25, 2012 5:49 PM ET
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – It's the same Saturday tune Tiger Woods has been singing for far too long.
Woods shot 1-over 72 in the third round of The Barclays, failing to make a move on Moving Day.
He finished at 4 under par for three rounds, six shots behind leader Sergio Garcia, who shot a 2-under 69 Saturday and sits at 10 under through 54 holes.
Woods' putter failed him more than any other club in his bag. For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Woods had four three-putts en route to needing 31 total putts in the third round.
"I played a beautiful round of golf," Woods said. "Unfortunately didn't clean up on the greens. I've never seen greens change like this, from what they were yesterday to today."
Woods struggled with the pace of the greens, knocking several lag putts several feet past the hole.
"I felt like I hit good putts but my speed was awful," he said. "I don't remember blowing putts 8 to 10 feet."
He had three of his three-putts on the front nine but still managed to turn at even par, as he birdied Nos. 5, 7 and 8.
On the back nine, he seemed more disgruntled than composed and his long game suffered because of it, too. He hit only three of seven fairways on the back and four of nine greens. On the front, he hit seven of seven fairways and eight of nine greens.
"Trust me, I was certainly frustrated," he said. "I kept telling myself I'm right in the ballgame and ... nobody was running away with it."
On the back nine, he bogeyed 14 and 15 and made just one birdie at 13.
Woods isn't simply crying over spilled milk – several players voiced the same sentiment as Woods; that the greens were unplayable.
Of the 75 players that advanced to the weekend at The Barclays, only 22 shot under par Saturday.
Woods sits in a group of eight players at T-10 heading into the final round and will tee off alongside David Hearn at 12:20 p.m. ET Sunday.
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