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September 21 2013

12:45 PM

Woods finally breaks par at East Lake

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Woods shot a 1-under 69 Saturday and is well down the leaderboard at East Lake.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- It took three days, but Tiger Woods finally broke par at East Lake, shooting a 1-under 69 Saturday.

Not that it moved him up the leaderboard much.

Woods trails leader Henrik Stenson by 14 shots, and the rain was just about the only thing Woods beat.

"I didn't hit it very good today," said Woods, who had two birdies and one bogey. "I hit everything to the right or flipped it left, but I putted better."

Woods hit just five fairways and 11 greens in regulation in the third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where only once has he finished outside the top 2 in his last five trips here. That was last year when he tied for eighth.

His worst result at East Lake came in 2003 when he finished in 26th after failing to break par in any of his four rounds. Through 54 holes, Woods is tied for 26th with only four players separating him from last place.

A day after saying he "ran out of gas" coming down the stretch of his second round, Woods reiterated that it has been a long season.

He hasn't been the only one to play a lot of golf, however. Stenson, for example, is making his 25th start of the season between two tours. This is Woods' 17th event.

"We're asking a lot for the guys to play from basically British Open on," Woods said. "Some guys have obligations to play in Canada the following week, and they get into Bridgestone, the PGA, and the Playoffs, and the Americans, Internationals flip years. The Europeans got the Ryder Cup on the back end. So it's a lot."

So is Woods' deficit here.

With Stenson holding a big lead and assured of the FedExCup should he hold on to win, Woods has one goal in mind before going to the Presidents Cup in two weeks.

"I want to go in there playing well and shooting some good scores," he said. "The goal is to go out and shoot a low round tomorrow and see where the chips fall."

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