Woods perks up at Doral

2009-03-14 21:22

Miami - Tiger Woods regained some of his pre-injury swagger with a four-under-par 68 at the WGC-CA Championship on Saturday but remained eight shots behind leader Phil Mickelson midway through the third round.

Woods, playing his best golf since returning from an eight-month layoff, birdied the par-five first hole and was then unable to convert a series of tricky birdie chances.

After seven straight pars he finished the front nine with a birdie on the par-three ninth at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

The world number one added three more birdies on the inward half, the highlight coming at the par-four 16th when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

That good work was undone on the next hole when Woods found a fairway bunker and his recovery hit the lip of the trap before ending up close to a tree.

An excellent third stroke found the green but two putts cost him a bogey before he finished on 209, seven under.

Woods had been well off the pace at the start of the round after beginning his first strokeplay event since knee surgery with scores of 71 and 70.