Tiger fires 3-under 68 in Round 3 of Wells Fargo Championship

Tiger fires 3-under 68 in Round 3 of Wells Fargo Championship

Tiger fires 3-under 68 in Round 3 of Wells Fargo Championship

"Struggled with my game, struggled to get my ball in the fairway, made some pretty bad mistakes, didn't birdie any of the par fives", said the Northern Irishman, 29: "It just was one of those days where I just couldn't get anything going".

Woods' sixth straight third round of par of better was promising, but it wasn't good enough to make up a lot of ground - and certainly not as bold as the moves from Phil Mickelson (64) or Rory McIlroy (66).

When he sputtered at the start, there was no reason to panic and when he finally picked up his first birdie by blasting a nine-iron out of the rough with the wind at his back from 195 yards to 18 inches on the ninth hole, he was on his way.

It was a tough adjustment for Woods and everyone else.

He was in the same spot as Woods, nine shots out of the lead. He'll play in the final group on Sunday alongside Day, and a win would be his first since the 2012 Barclays at Bethpage Black. "Today I felt way better on the range, and I knew I was going to have a good day". I definitely think it's just around the corner.

McIlroy gave a glimpse as to why he has an incomparable record over this course since 2010 with two meaty blows into the middle of the par five 10th green - his first hole - to open his birdie account.

"I was so close to shooting about 7 under on that back nine, " Woods said after shooting 34 on the closing nine holes.

Woods picked up six birdies to reach one-under 212 but finished the round on a sour note with a three-putt bogey on 18.

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Nick Watney carded a 66 to be alone in second at eight under.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week", said Woods, who has won 79 career PGA Tour events and 105 professional tournaments overall.

"This year I've kind of recommitted myself to try to get back to No. 1", Day said.

Playing partner Paul Casey was another happy camper as he shot 69, a score that his fellow Englishman Ross Fisher matched despite a bogey at his final hole.

"I didn't play that well".

The 28-year-old is never one to mince his words, but he has never made his desire to win the Masters and his love for the tournament clearer.

Others, however, would prefer the PGA version of Quail Hollow, most notably Rickie Fowler, who has enjoyed success at the Charlotte-area staple in both May and August and was six strokes off Day's pace. At the perilous No. 17, flanked by water on the left side, he was even closer: an inch more, and Woods would have sat at 3 under overall.

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