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August 31 2013

6:26 PM

Tiger's ball-striking keeps him in it

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods saved his best for last Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, making a 35-footer for birdie to cap a 4-under 67.

"That's the only putt I made all day," Woods said. "Certainly could have gone lower than I did."

When Woods teed off in the afternoon, he was 10 shots out of the lead. By the time he finished, he was within six of Sergio Garcia.

It could have been a lot worse.

On the opening hole, Woods stuck his approach shot to 3 feet only to lip out his birdie attempt. It would be a sign of things to come.

Over his first dozen holes, Woods made just one putt over 4 feet and for the day he made only three over 10 feet.

Unlike the opening round, however, Woods gave himself plenty of opportunities on a TPC Boston golf course that has been softened by rain.

Woods hit 16 greens in regulation and his approach shot distance averaged nearly half of what was on Friday.

"I just lost my patience out there," said Woods, who had five birdies and one bogey. "I had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough."

Though he nearly cut his deficit in half, Woods knows he'll need to be better on the weekend if he wants to win for a sixth time this season and a second time here.

"I'm going to have to go low," he said. "This golf course is soft. It's gettable."

It just hasn't been for Woods.

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