Tiger Woods showed no obvious sign of back stiffness on Saturday en route to carding a 1-under-par 71 during the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Woods, who resides at 2-over 218 after 54 holes at Muirfield Village, is playing in his first PGA Tour event since February.
The five-time Memorial winner looked to be much more comfortable on Saturday after limping to a 4-over-par 76 the previous day.
“I was moving better today and felt like I did the first day, and consequently I could make the passes at the golf ball like I did the first day,” said Woods, who is ranked 14th in the world.
“Unfortunately I didn’t make any putts today, so hopefully I can make a few more tomorrow.”
Woods, 44, recorded four birdies against three bogeys while playing alongside Brooks Koepka for the third straight day.
Woods overcame a bogey on the third hole with back-to-back eight-foot putts for birdies on Nos. 5-6. Woods followed another birdie on No. 9 with consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-15 before answering that surge by missing a five-foot putt to settle for a bogey on No. 16.
“Overall I felt I played well, controlled the ball well,” Woods said. “I hit one really bad shot at three, but overall it was a good solid day.”
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