Tiger Tracker: Woods rebounds with 67

Tiger Woods during the third round of the Tour Championship.

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ATLANTA – Tiger Woods is back in contention at the Tour Championship.

After a 3-over 73 dropped him into the middle of the pack on Friday, Woods rebounded with a 3-under 67 Saturday at East Lake. He ended the day at 4 under, which puts him four shots behind leaders Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker entering Sunday.

Woods struggled off the tee mightily during his third round, hitting six of 14 fairways. He began the day with a few bad misses to the left and ended the day missing right.

But he avoided trouble with some clutch approach shots, a few good sand saves and solid putting (29 putts).

Here's how it happened:

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No. 18, par 3, 235 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 18: East Lake is one of only a handful of major-venue courses to end on a par 3. This one will get the players’ blood racing because it demands a long iron or rescue to a well-bunkered, small green perched 15 feet above the tee box.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 6-iron and gets all of this one. It's a nice draw, but Tiger gets a little too much on this as the ball ends up a good 37 feet past the hole.

Rest of the hole: This putt will go downhill fast and Tiger judges it pretty well. He misses just right and makes the 4 footer for par to close out a 3-under 67.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (4 under for the tournament)

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No. 17, par 4, 453 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 17: Over the years, the lake on the left side has been brought more into play. Three yawning fairway bunkers 275-320 yards off the tee are definitely to be avoided, though that brings water more into play.

Off the tee: That last par save was big, but Tiger can't use that energy to deliver a good drive. He uses driver and sends it right again.

Rest of the hole: Tiger lucks out again with a good lie and he delivers a good approach, finding the green about 22 feet shy of the cup. Tiger takes a long look at this birdie putt and it nearly pays off, just missing low and left. He put a good stroke on that one and he settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (4 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose has joined Jim Furyk at 8 under after a birdie at No. 11 – his second straight birdie of the round. Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker, who are 6 under and 5 under on their rounds, respectively, are one back at 7 under.

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No. 16, par 4, 481 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 16: The right side falls off quickly into woods; the left side gets progressively narrower from 230 to 320 yards off the tee thanks to four successive bunkers arrayed diagonally into the line of play.

Off the tee: Tiger has gone from missing it left off the tee to hitting fairways to, now, missing right. This one goes way right and into the trees.

Rest of the hole: Tiger goes for the green, but his ball catches a tree and bounces right into the fairway. He'll still have 145 yards left to the hole for his third shot. After that tough break, Tiger gets it on the green and has about a 12 footer for par. Tiger makes it and gives a little fist pump. The crowd got pretty loud after that one and it was warranted.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (4 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk found the sand at No. 10, but was able to get up-and-down for par and stay at 8 under. He's a shot ahead of Justin Rose and Ryan Moore, who just missed eagle at No. 15 and settled for birdie. Moore is 6 under on the day.

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No. 15, par 5, 525 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: Now the course kicks into high gear with the first of four stirring and readily memorable holes. The pressure here on the 15th tee is that you feel like you have to make birdie just to stay abreast of the field.

Off the tee: Tiger misses his second straight fairway and this one hurts. He finds a right fairway bunker about 270 yards out and might be forced to lay up from 240 yards out.

Rest of the hole: It's not a good lie in the bunker, but Tiger hits a bullet and gets a great roll to get on the green in two. That was a power shot from Tiger. He now gets a 42 footer for eagle and plays it too much to the left. The ball has some speed and the downhill slope carries it 5 feet past the cup. Not a good putt from Tiger, even from that range. He does make the birdie, though, to go 2 under on the par 5s today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (4 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose closes his front nine with a birdie to move to 7 under. He's a shot back of Jim Furyk.

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No. 14, par 4, 442 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 14: Straightaway, slightly downhill, tight off the tee, to a green with a second tier that makes getting an approach close to the hole very difficult, especially out of the rough.

Off the tee: Tiger misses his first fairway on the back nine, but his ball doesn't go left. Instead, Tiger finds the right rough and he'll have about 150 yards left after a 300-yard drive.

Rest of the hole: Tiger muscles this one onto the green to set up a 40-foot putt for birdie. This one will move to the left a little, but Tiger anticipates too much break and runs it by right of the hole. It was a solid putt from that distance, tough, and Tiger makes the 3 footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Tiger's playing competitor, Luke Donald, is on a roll. Donald birdied No. 13 to move back to even and then holed out for eagle from the fairway at No. 14 to improve to 2 under. It was the first eagle at No. 14 in the history of the tournament.

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No. 13, par 4, 453 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: The uphill drive has to trundle through an ominous-looking chute of tree and needs to steer wide right of two expansive fairway bunkers 280-330 yards out on the left.

Off the tee: Tiger is starting to turn it around. He turns in another nice drive, sending this one 311 yards to the middle of the fairway.

Rest of the hole: After a good drive, Tiger makes a mistake on his approach, sending the ball into a right greenside bunker. This is similar to his shot from the sand at No. 9 and again Tiger gets it close. He makes the 2 footer to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

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No. 12, par 4, 391 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 12: This downhill hole is the toughest drive of any par 4 at East Lake thanks to a massive fairway bunker on the right and an overhanging hardwood on the right that cuts off the landing area. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger hits this one about 250 yards down the middle. Make that two straight fairways to start off this back nine.

Rest of the hole: Tiger goes with 9-iron from 150 yards out and hits this one to about 13 feet. The nice approach sets up another decent birdie opportunity. This time Tiger takes advantage, sinking the putt to move to within four shots of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk continues to hold onto the led at 7 under, but it's getting crowded behind him as four players are now at 6 under. The latest to join that group is Brandt Snedeker, who has birdie two straight and is 4 under through 10 holes today. Also, Hunter Mahan just eagled No. 15, chipping in to move to 2 under after bogeying his previous two holes.

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No. 11, par 3, 197 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: This hole occupies the far northeast corner of the property and plays slightly uphill to a deep green, the rear third of which cannot be seen from the tees.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 8-iron and produces a great tee shot. He fades this one on a great line, landing it on the front of the green and letting it roll to within 8 feet.

Rest of the hole: Tiger has another good look at birdie and misses what looked to be a pretty straight putt. The ball just misses left and Tiger settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Moore is 5 under through 10 holes today and has worked his way up to 6 under and within a shot of the lead. Also, Brandt Snedeker made a nice sand save at No. 9 to set up a birdie, which moved him to 5 under.

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No. 10, par 4, 469 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: Another converted par 5, this one heavily bunkered the length of the fairway on the left side – close to the line best suited for approaching the small green. The putting surface is designed for a par 5 and thus somewhat elusive to long irons on a low trajectory.

Off the tee: Tiger hits his third straight fairway, smashing his driver about 320 yards down the middle. That came after he checked up in the middle of his backswing and stepped away from the ball for a moment.

Rest of the hole: He's got about 140 yards left and Tiger judges the distance well, sticking his approach about 13 feet right of the hole. Tiger fails to capitalize, though, not giving the break enough respect and watching the ball miss left and run by about 3 feet. He makes the comebacker for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy missed a par putt on No. 7 and as a result bogeys to fall back to 2 under. He's 1 over on the day. Matt Kuchar is also sliding back after bogeying his second straight hole. He's 2 under for the tournament and 2 over through six holes today.

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No. 9, par 5, 600 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 9: Forget the length here; this will be easily reachable in two for players who can drive the ball 300-plus yards in the air and reach the downward kick point where fairway turbo-charges the ball forward.

Off the tee: Tiger needs a good drive to be able to reach this one in two and really take advantage. He goes with driver, but doesn't put it where he wants. He's in the fairway, but his 327-yard drive leaves him on the right side about 270 yards out.

Rest of the hole: Tiger goes with fairway wood, trying to reach this green in two. But he sends it a little right and into a greenside bunker. Tiger doesn't have a lot of green to work with, but he makes another good sand save, running it just by the left side of the hole. That leaves him a 5 footer for birdie, which he makes to move back into red numbers on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Moore is making a charge. He's up to 4 under after making a 10 footer at No. 8 for his third birdie of the day. Brandt Snedeker is also at 4 under and is 2 under through seven holes today.

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No. 8, par 4, 405 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: This is the only one of East Lake’s holes that is not set at a rigid right angle to the holes immediately in front of or behind it. There’s no need for a driver here. All that counts is getting the tee shot safely into play on an unusually contoured fairway — the rolling terrain is a remnant of Civil War-era entrenchments.

Off the tee: After his first bogey of the day, Tiger needs to cure his troubles off the tee. Tiger plays it safe, hitting it about 270 yards to the center of the fairway.

Rest of the hole: After finding the fairway, Tiger fails to take advantage. He finds the green, but is a good 35 feet past the hole. Tiger puts a good stroke on this one and leaves it just inches short. That results in another easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: After a bogey on the opening hole, Dustin Johnson birdied No. 3 to move back to even on the round and 4 under for the tournament. He's three back of Jim Furyk, who made par at No. 1, and two back of Justin Rose and Bubba Watson, who just made birdie at No. 3 to move to 6 under.

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No. 7, par 4, 434 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 7: This uphill hole twists around a strategic bunker on the (ideal) right side, 280 yards to reach and 300 yards to fly. The safer, right side of the fairway is cut off early, which means that bail-out drives often end up in dense rough.

Off the tee: The errant tee shots continue for Tiger, who again misses left.

Rest of the hole: The ball isn't in the greatest of lies and facing about 200 yards to the hole with not much green to work with, Tiger tries to lay up, but finds a fairway bunker. With about 55 yards to the pin and a greenside bunker between him and green, Tiger delivers an excellent third shot, landing the ball above the hole, spinning it back and letting it roll down to about 8 feet. It's a decent chance at par, but the ball lips out after catching the left edge. Tiger thought that one would move more right and he ends up with his first bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Everyone has teed off now at East Lake, as Jim Furyk and Justin Rose are currently on No. 1. Hunter Mahan still has the best round of the day going. He's 3 under through 10 holes and sits at 2 under, five shots back of Furyk.

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No. 6, par 3, 209 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 6: The table-top green is encircled by the club’s massive lake and offers one very busy bunker on the left. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 9-iron and finds the green. This one is straight on with the hole and lands about 15 feet behind the cup.

Rest of the hole: After his best tee shot of the day, Tiger has this putt for birdie. He doesn't start this one out right enough, though, and misses left, leaving another short tap-in for par, which he makes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The first two birdies of the day at the par-3 second hole come in the same pairing as Robert Garrigus and Rory McIlroy notch birdies. McIlroy stuck his tee shot to about 5 feet. He moves back to 3 under while Garrigus, who doubled the opening hole, returns to 2 under.

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No. 5, par 4, 520 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 5: Here’s a members’ par-5 routed at the far end of the golf course that offers a modest reverse-camber effect and tips from high-right to low-left while bending up toward the right.

Off the tee: Tiger sticks with the driver and finds the thick Bermuda to the left of the fairway. That one wasn't nearly as left as his tee shots on Nos. 1 and 3, but Tiger was just as frustrated – and vocal, too.

Rest of the hole: Tiger misses the green from 206 yards out, his ball ending up in the rough just off the right side of the green. It's not too difficult of a chip as Tiger has some green to work with. He puts this one a couple feet to the left. Perfect distance on that one and Tiger makes another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIroy got into trouble at the opening hole, hitting his approach at the par-4 first right of the green and failing to get up-and-down, leaving his chip short. The same happened to Rickie Fowler earlier. McIlroy falls back to 2 under as a result.

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No. 4, par 4, 440 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 4: This is another hole that favors the left side of the fairway, thanks to a pair of fairway bunkers along the high side right and a dense stand of trees.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls out driver for the first time and finds the fairway for the first time. His drive traveled about 325 yards and is on the right side about 105 yards out.

Rest of the hole: Tiger's wedge approach lands on the green to the right of the front-left pin and spins back to about 10 feet. Tiger has a good look at birdie here and converts, walking this one in for his first birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

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No. 3, par 4, 387 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 3: Dense trees and out-of-bounds loom on the length of the right side. The smart play here off tee is a long iron or fairway wood past the first bunker on the left and short of a second bunker 300 yards out.

Off the tee: Tiger tries to cut this one, but it fails to do anything and stays straight and way left. Tiger's drive nearly forces Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler to take cover on the adjacent hole. That's how bad it was.

Rest of the hole: Tiger lucks out again. He's about 150 yards out and has decent lie and path to the hole. With that said, Tiger finds the front of the green. He still has nearly a 60 footer for birdie. Tiger judges the speed right, but the ball doesn't move left as much as Tiger anticipated and ends up a couple feet to the right. Another par for Tiger, who now has poor shots on each of his first three holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Moore got off to a good start, nearly holing his approach at No. 1 before making the short birdie putt. He then made par at the par-3 second hole and is 2 under for the tournament.

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No. 2, par 3, 214 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: A perfect medium-length par-3, slightly uphill, across an inconsequential front pond, to a modestly sloped green reminiscent in its bunkering of the 11th at St. Andrews – a deep bunker front right and another deep hazard flanking the left side.

Off the tee: Tiger opts for 7-iron, but misses about 10 yards right of the green and another 15 yards right of the hole.

Rest of the hole: Tiger's chip is a good one, ending up about 3 feet left of the hole. That sets up an easy par putt, which Tiger makes. Tiger's survived a couple poor shots already.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Hunter Mahan has moved back to even for the tournament after his first birdie of the day. Mahan made a long putt for birdie on No. 5 and is 1 under for the round.

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No. 1, par 4, 424 yards

Tiger walks to the tee box wearing a gray shirt, charcoal slacks, white belt, white shoes and a white hat. He shakes hands with Luke Donald, is introduced to the large gallery and he's ready to begin. Our Bradley S. Klein on No. 1: Straightaway, uncomplicated, to a fairway set perpendicular to the contour line. The hole is organized around four natural high points – tee, green and two intermediate rolls in the fairway. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger hit this fairway the previous two rounds, but he pulls his 3-wood way left. Not a good start.

Rest of the hole: Tiger's ball has come to rest on some mulch just to the left of a small tree. Not a bad lie considering how left he drove the ball. Tiger connects well and find the green about 30 feet from the hole. He has a difficult left-to-right downhill putt and reads it almost perfectly, leaving it just below and to the left of the hole. He taps in the par for a solid start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Only one player currently on the course is in red numbers for the day. Adam Scott is 1 under through four holes to pull back to even par.

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SECOND-ROUND COVERAGE

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McIlroy primarily focused on winning FedEx Cup, not Tour title

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Johnson calls on long-time friend to caddie midway through round

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How it happened: Tiger fires 73

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Notes: Tiger's trouble off the tee leads to 3-over 73 at East Lake

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Last player into the field, Piercy starts strong with 67

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Notebook: Adam Scott recovers to shoot 68

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PRE-TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

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FedEx Cup: A look at the scenarios for each player to win title

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Rory McIlroy dismisses talk that he intimidates Tiger Woods

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Little time left for Tour players to find top-50 spot in World Rankings

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