AKRON, Ohio – Due to impending thunderstorms, tee times for the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational were moved up on Saturday, leaving Tiger Woods in the first group of the day off the No. 1 tee with Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson.
After opening rounds of 68-71 left him seven shots behind a quartet of co-leaders, Woods had an opportunity to make up ground in the early going.
Instead, he was even further off the pace by the time the frontrunners teed off.
Woods slipped on his first drive of the day, finding a fairway bunker en route to bogey. He followed with six pars, but added another bogey when he failed to convert a 14-foot par attempt on No. 8. He concluded the front nine with his first birdie of the day to post a 1-over 36 and drop to even par for the tournament.
Biggest problem for Woods so far? That's easy – it's been his driving. Woods failed to find a fairway on the front side, going 0-for-7 off the tee.
Among the early movers were world No. 1 Luke Donald, Zach Johnson and Retief Goosen, each at 3 under for the day.