Tiger Woods (69) learning on job

Updated: September 5, 2010, 8:39 PM ET
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com

NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods stated Saturday that he's still on a learning curve.

Sunday's third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston seemed to be another step in Woods' process of adjusting to the changes made by swing coach Sean Foley.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesSunday's round was a mixed bag for Tiger Woods, but he wound up carding scores in the 60s in back-to-back rounds for only the second time this year.

At times, Woods looked comfortable. In others, his round was a struggle. He still managed to finish with a 2-under 69, marking just the second time this season that he's carded scores in the 60s in back-to-back rounds.

In the big picture, there's still room for improvement, but Woods viewed Sunday's performance as another step forward. While hitting 12 of 18 fairways, he got off to a slow start, hitting only two of seven on the front nine.

Woods stressed that he's sticking to the plan -- no matter what the playing conditions might be. Sunday featured a persistent southwest breeze.

"Today was definitely more of a challenge," Woods said. "The wind blows and I think everybody reverts back to what's natural. I had to really grind and stay committed to what I was doing out there. I did for the most part.

"Early on, I was struggling a little bit. Then I fixed it, got it and I hit a lot of good shots after that."

Woods found some consistency toward the middle of his round. He birdied holes four, five and seven to move to 8-under. He had another opportunity for birdie on the par-3 eighth hole, but pushed a 40-plus foot putt just to the right of the pin.

He let out a groan after missing the tough chance.

"Yeah, that was a nice putt there," Woods said. "Geez, I know it's downwind and just past the hole there, about a foot and a half, and it starts running away. I know that and I still hit it too hard. But it was nice to make about a 10-footer there."

Woods was unable to keep the momentum through to the back nine, however. He bogeyed the par-5 ninth with a two-putt. It was one of two bogeys on the round for Woods, who also rimmed out a par attempt on the par-4 14th.

He finished the round with a flourish, putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to a spirited ovation by the gallery.

Woods stands tied for 23rd at 7-under 206 overall at the second stop of the FedEx Cup and is 10 strokes behind leader Jason Day.

"Overall today, I thought I played better than what my score indicated," Woods said. "I had a lot of putts that I didn't make today. I made a couple of nice par putts, but I missed a lot of birdie putts."

When asked what he was most pleased about after his third-round performance, Woods referred to that learning curve.

"Just being able to commit to these changes in the wind and shaping the shots. That was a good step forward today."

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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