ATLANTA — Tiger Woods turned it around Saturday at the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola after struggling Friday, but he will have a lot of work to do if he hopes to be the FedExCup champ for a third time.
Woods shot a third-round 3-under 67 at East Lake Golf Club after a 3-over 73 in the second round.
Woods was in the clubhouse at 4 under overall, tied for seventh.
He trails the leaders, Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose, who are at 8 under par.
Snedeker, who was fifth in the FedExCup standings entering the week, can claim the $10 million grand prize with a victory.
Woods entered the Tour Championship second in the FedExCup standings, behind Rory McIlroy, and was tied for first on the leaderboard on Thursday after an opening-round 4-under 66.
Woods, the only two-time winner of the FedExCup, hit only six of 14 fairways but made some crucial up-and-downs to keep momentum going and fired a 67. His biggest save came at No. 16, when he was forced to come out of the trees and still had 144 yards to the green for his third shot. From there, he hit his third to 11 feet and canned the putt….
In the one week Tiger Woods had away from golf during the FedEx Cup playoffs, Nick Faldo said he had lost his aura, Greg Norman said he was intimidated by Rory McIlroy and Johnny Miller claimed that Woods once wanted lessons from him.
“Nice week, huh?” Woods said, grinning.
Even better was to be back on the course Thursday at the Tour Championship, where Woods had the final word for at least for one day. He kept the ball in play at East Lake, chipped in for one of his six birdies and wound up with a 4-under 66 for a share of the lead with Justin Rose.