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MEDINAH, Ill. “Tiger Woods still has a chance to get to Atlanta.

While the odds are long against him, he is not between a rock and a difficult place as he tries to get to. next week's season-ending tournament at East Lake in Atlanta. With a free kick, 5th lower than 67 Saturday in the third round of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, Woods remained in the picture to return to East Lake to defend his title.

His victory last year in the tournament championship was his first PGA Tour title since 2013 and was a stunning conclusion to his remarkable return.

"I felt fine," said Woods, who is 7 less after rounds 71-71-67. "Basically the only difference between today and the last few days was managing to clear the map. I didn't have the stupid mistakes that I made to cheat from bad places or from easy places. I did the little things that managed to continue the momentum and made a few drops here

"At least I got a shot at that."

Tiger Woods shot 67 Saturday after a round of 71 to 21 BMW in the Championship. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sport)

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The 67s were just Woods' third round in the 60's after winning the Masters in April, and this was the first time he had run out of last year's BMW Pennsylvania Aronimink Championships

Woods will likely have to shoot lower than 67 in Sunday's final round to place him in the top 30 of players in the standings heading to East Lake. When he left the course on Saturday, he was drafted 43rd. This is doable – this week there were record highs of 63, 64 and three 65s.

"I think I'm going to have to do something in the mid-60s for two directions here," he said, "I stayed a lot behind after the first two rounds. It's more amazing how many guys are on one level at this golf course.

"We all thought it was one of the harder and bigger balls and the whole field was playing well. There are usually a few guys who fight. The whole playing field is something we are all very surprised about. "

So many players are not so good at helping his chances. Neither is Medina playing so softly after the last storms. But Woods said he felt the same way he did from Masters, and he didn't even delay the time of 1 hour, 16 minutes. they got to him in the third round on Saturday.

"The things I work on in my game definitely make me feel a little better." Woods said, "But it's just one of those things where some days I feel better than others, but also, again, this is what I do with the golf club, able to swing the club properly. the dish feels better. "

And Woods will feel much better if he shoots 64 Sundays and wins a spot in Atlanta. His victory last year – the 80th in his career – remains fresh in his mind. Especially Sunday's final round when he battled Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy down the stretch and then brought thousands of fans on the 18th fairway to the final in green.

"It occurred to me to get there," Woods said. i want to get to the tournament championship where i have a chance to win our cup. And on top of that, there all summer long at work (last year) the body of work finally ended in victory. With a chance at the British Open and the PGA, they played a good round at Aronimink.

"Things were going in the right direction and I put it completely in a week … just as it was all over, going back and then winning the last hole, the last event I would play was just a pretty cool ending. "


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