Woods shoots 69 and gives himself a chance at Honda Classic

Published 5:54 p.m. ET Feb. 24, 2018

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods broke 70 on the PGA Tour for the first time in nine rounds since his return from another back surgery. What mattered more to him was having a Sunday that might mean something at the Honda Classic.

Woods had great control in more strong wind Saturday at PGA National and got up-and-down for birdie on the final hole for a 1-under 69. That left him seven shots out of the lead with 10 players in front of him going into the final round.

“I’ve got a shot going into tomorrow,” Woods said.

The scoring was better in the third round, typical after the cut has been made and in this case with fewer footprints on bare greens. Woods did his part by at least having chances. He putted for birdie on all but four holes, and only one of those birdie chances was longer than 25 feet.

He just didn’t make many.

His only birdies were a 6-foot putt on No. 8, a 15-foot putt on the 13th and…

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