Tiger Woods opened the third round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s Barclays tournament with a triple bogey on the first hole and trails leader Martin Laird by nine shots.
Woods finished with consecutive birdies to record a 1-over 72 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. He had a score of 3-under 210 after three rounds, leaving him tied for 28th.
“Not exactly a positive start,” Woods told reporters after his round. “It’ll end up probably costing me the golf tournament. But I’m pleased how I sucked it up and got back the rest of the day when it easily could have gone the other way.”
Scotland’s Laird birdied six holes and finished his 6-under 65 round without a bogey to move to 12-under, three shots ahead of Dustin Johnson, of the U.S., and Jason Day, an Australian.
Woods had seven birdies and one bogey for a 6-under 65 in the first round, marking his lowest score of the year in his first event since announcing his divorce. It also marked Woods’s first score in the 60s in his past 12 rounds.
The Barclays is the first of four season-ending playoff events on the PGA Tour, the world’s richest golf circuit. The FedEx Cup winner, which will be determined at next month’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, receives a $10 million bonus. Woods has won the title two of the past three years.
He entered the tournament ranked 112th in the point standings and needs to finish between 50th and 57th at the Barclays to qualify for next week’s playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.