The Barclays: Woods Continues Slide

All those talk about Tiger Woods regaining his mojo after he shot his best round of the year at the start of The Barclays on Thursday may have just been that–talk.

Woods continued where he left off a day earlier, firing a triple bogey in his first hole of the third round en route to a 1-over 72 that left him nine strokes out of the lead going into the final round. He is likely to need a round better than the ones he had the last two days in order to advance to the next event of the FedEx playoffs. Woods, who faltered with a 73 in the second round, is currently holding on to 112th placed in the FedEx standings. Only the top 100 will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.

Meanwhile, a new name has emerged atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s round, as Martin Laird seized the clubhouse lead with a 65 spiked with four-straight birdies in the front nine. Laird, who began the tournament at no.95, could emerge on top of the FedEx Cup race with a win on Sunday and also assure himself of a spot in all the four majors next year. Second-round leader Jason Day (70) and Dustin Johnson, who shot a day’s best 64, share second spot at 9-under 204, three strokes off Laird.