Golf / Sports

Tiger Woods says his best hole this week has been 'the 19th'

Tiger Woods enters Sunday's final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational out of contention for a victory.

Woods has played some of the best golf of his career in Akron and has won eight titles on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

This week though, he is hovering around par and the middle of the leaderboard at 1 over par through three days. He is 15 strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia.

Despite a few frustrating moments, Woods still found some time to joke around with media members after finishing 18 holes and carding a 72 Saturday.

When asked what holes he was most pleased with during the first three days, Woods said: "The 19th."

His answer drew laughs and then he added: "You liked that one didn't you?"

Poor putting continued to plague Woods.

"I missed a lot of opportunities out there," Woods said. "I did not putt well again.

"I just need more reps. Still continue to stay at it because I'm actually getting better the more rounds I'm playing. I'm actually getting my feel back.

"Again, I'm hitting more shots pin high right on the numbers. I just need to convert. If I just putt normal the last two days, I shoot 2, 3, under par, no problem."

Woods said he returned to his driver from last year because it has a lighter shaft. He made the change as he eases back into lifting weights following back surgery on March 31.

"I haven't done any explosive lifting," Woods said. "I haven't done any of my fast twitch stuff yet. As soon as I start doing my fast twitch stuff, I can get my speed back up and then I can go back to my old driver."

Woods acknowledged he is getting his feel back and sizing up the distances of hitting the ball better. He also said he is listening to his doctors as he rounds back into training.

"You don't want to do two things at once," Woods said. "I'm hitting the golf ball and then you also don't want to burn the candle at both ends by doing the fast twitch, explosive lifting, and all my agility stuff that I've been doing for years."

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