Tiger Woods may have his trust Scotty Cameron putter back in the bag this week, but it sure isn’t working the way it used to.
Woods struggled again on Saturday during the third round of the Northern Trust, the first of three events in the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs. The two-time FedEx Cup champion couldn’t get anything going on Moving Day at TPC Boston, signing for a disappointing 2-over 73 and walking off the course 1 under for the tournament in 68th place. He’s only ahead of Saturday’s playing partner Rory McIlroy, who shot 3 over to fall back to even, and Matt Jones, who brings up the rear after a 5-over 76 dropped him to 2 over for the tournament.
The scorecard doesn’t look great, but that doesn’t mean Woods didn’t have his opportunities to score. On the front nine alone, Woods missed two birdie putts from four feet on Nos. 1 and 7 and a seven-footer on No. 4. When he made a bad shot, he compounded mistakes, like on the par-3 third when he duffed his second shot from the rough or the par-4 12th, where he three-putted for bogey from 28 feet. He also missed six greens from the fairway (including the par-5 18th, where he had 215 yards to the pin).
Woods won’t win a record 83rd PGA Tour title this week, and his hopes for a record third FedEx Cup title took a hit, as well. The 15-time major champion will have an early tee time on Sunday and a shot to right the ship before heading to Chicago for next week’s BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.