Woods over par, loses ground in Round 3


NORTON, Mass. – On a day when most of the field was moving up the leaderboard with birdie after birdie at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods instead went in the opposite direction.

Beginning the third round six shots behind overnight leader Sergio Garcia, Woods struggled to a 1-over 72 that was highlighted by a stretch of three straight bogeys in the middle of his round. At 6-under 207, the 14-time major winner found himself 10 shots off the pace upon signing his scorecard.

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As has been the case for much of the week thus far at TPC Boston, Woods was unable to capitalize on a series of viable birdie opportunities. Though he entered the week ranked second on Tour in strokes gained putting, the 37-year-old is 60th in the category among the 100-man field assembled this week and required 31 putts to complete his third round.

“I just didn’t have it today,” explained Woods, who reached 12 of 18 greens in regulation during the third round. “I didn’t make anything. Just one of those days where I had a bad day at the wrong time.”

In need of a spark midway through his round, Woods instead was derailed by a trio of bogeys on Nos. 10-12 Sunday afternoon. A wayward drive found a hazard and led to a bogey on the 10th hole, while the current world No. 1 was unable to get up and down from greenside rough on either of the next two holes to cap a stretch that essentially dropped him out of contention.

Should Woods muster a final-round rally, it will likely come early Monday morning. After rain delayed play for more than three hours Sunday and with a poor forecast looming, PGA Tour officials made the decision to move up final-round tee times, with all players now slated to begin play Monday between 8 and 10 a.m. ET.