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February 11 2012

9:44 PM

Woods cards 67 to move into contention

Interview: Tiger Woods

Following his third-round 67, Tiger Woods talks to Fred Albers from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio about his play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- What could have been a very low round for Tiger Woods still turned out to be one good enough to get him into contention with one round to go at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Woods shot a 5-under 67 Saturday that included five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, moving him to within four strokes of the lead at a place he knows well and has had some historic performances at.

It’s been more than two years since Woods has won an event on the PGA TOUR, but judging by his play the last few months, including this week, it might not be long before he does again.

Remember, it was only two months ago that Woods won the Chevron World Challenge. It might not count as an official event, but it counted for something.

“A win is a win. I've won my share of events, and it feels good,” Woods said Saturday. “That's the ultimate goal and that's what we set out to do at the beginning of every event is to win it. That's the goal tomorrow, as well.

“It's a different swing. But the scenario doesn't change.”

Neither do the results when Woods is hitting it well; or more importantly making putts, which is what he did on Saturday. Woods took just 27 putts while making five birdies and just one bogey.

If there was a downside to Woods’ day it’s that he didn’t make any birdies over his final eight holes on the more benign front side at Pebble Beach.

Still, even when he wasn’t hitting it great he was able to avoid any big mistakes, closing with eight straight pars.

”The whole idea of making these swing changes was become more consistent and I'm starting to see that now,” Woods said. “I don't hit the ball as far off line as I used to, and my ball doesn't curve as much. Consequently my off-days are not as far off.

“I understand what I need to do. That's the exciting part about it, is that the ball just doesn't move as much as it used to.”

As a result, Woods keeps moving closer to winning.

“That's why we play is to be there and that's why I train as hard as I do and practice as hard as I do is to put myself in those positions,” he said. “Of late, I've been putting myself in these positions, and it feels good.”

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