Woods finds his stroke but remains far off pace

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Newtown Square, PA - Tiger Woods remained a non-factor at the AT&T National despite finally finding his stroke Saturday on the back nine at pesky Aronimink.

Woods shot his second straight even-par 70 to finish three rounds here at three-over 213, but was 13 shots behind leader Justin Rose by the end of the day.

The world's No. 1 player began where he left off after the first 36 holes: hitting fairways and missing putts.

Woods, the defending champion, made three bogeys in his first six holes Saturday despite hitting every fairway, saying it was the "worst start you could possibly get off to."

After missing putts from eight feet and four feet on the first two holes, he let a five-foot putt slip past the cup at No. 6 to fall to six-over par.

Striping the ball again off the tee, Woods didn't miss his first fairway until No. 7, where his drive sailed left into the gallery. He still made par there after hitting his second shot through the crowd.

His first birdie came at the par-three eighth, where his ball nearly hopped in the hole, rolling to five feet. That's where Woods said he turned it around.

He took 17 putts on the front nine, but finally got a couple to drop when he made a six-footer at the 11th and a 15-footer at the 13th for a pair of birdies.

Woods bogeyed the 15th from the rough, but he birdied one of Aronimink's two par-fives for the first time. He reached the green in two shots at the 560- yard 16th and two-putted for his fourth birdie of the day.

Prior to that, Woods had been 0-for-5 -- and one-over par -- on Nos. 9 and 16 this week.

"I found my stroke coming in," Woods said. "It was nice to be able to shape the ball like that."

Still, putting was a factor. He finished with 31 putts in the third round, three more than Friday and one more than he took while shooting a 73 in the first round.

Pins were tucked on many of the holes, but there were still good scores to be had. Rose moved to 10-under 200 with a 67, and Carl Pettersson had a Saturday- best 65 to share second place with Charlie Wi at six-under.

"I was hoping I could shoot 64 today," said Woods, who totaled four birdies and four bogeys in the round. "That would have been a pretty good number."

Instead, it was another 70. And that wasn't nearly enough.


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