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• Woods three shots off lead after third-round 66
• World No1 having intensive treatment on back injury
Tiger Woods began the WGC-Cadillac Championship expressing fears for his long-term wellbeing. Even by his own unparalleled and lofty standards, it would be quite something if he ended it holding a trophy.
Saturday at Doral offered a flashback to vintage Woods. He signed for a 66, which leaves the world No1 a stroke under par and in an excellent position to successfully defend this tournament. Back injury – what back injury?
"That was my most complete round of the year, absolutely," Woods said. "It was nice to get back in the tournament again. I held it together yesterday, a long day, a long, tough day and that gave me a chance today. I figured, 'hey, I'm only six back, that's definitely doable.' Especially with the conditions and how difficult this golf course is playing. If I just get back to even par for the tournament, I would be right there and I did one better."
Woods is alongside Jamie Donaldson at three off the lead, which is held by Patrick Reed. Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan lie two under par.
Last Sunday, Woods walked off the course at the Honda Classic just 13 holes into his final round due to back spasms. The problem has not gone away: the 14-times major winner is undergoing daily and intensive treatment.
As he acknowledged, having to complete round one on Friday hardly helped matters. The appearance of his two children here in Miami, though, seems to have helped Woods's state of mind.
"I was pretty sore on Friday night but my therapists are doing a fantastic job to get me out here and playing," he added. When asked if he could forget about the injury amid a low-scoring day, Woods responded with a firm "no".
Woods's round included eight birdies and a 35ft putt for a two on the 15th. Just as notable as that was a greenside bunker shot from a horrible downslope lie one hole later, which again triggered a birdie. Woods made errors with approach shots to 17 and 18, but recovered to make par on both.
As impressive as Woods's score was, by his own admission it was carded in far more benign conditions than the field were subjected to on Friday.
"Now it's playing like more of a normal course," Woods said. "Yesterday [Friday] was certainly not what we all intended for it to be. If the golf course was softer with yesterday's conditions, yesterday's wind, I don't think you would hear the guys complaining as much.
"But being a new golf course and as firm and as fast as it was, it got difficult, and today it's so much more playable. Scores are definitely gettable out there."
Phil Mickelson proved the same, with the Open champion's 69 his best score of the week. Mickelson lies two over par and still within touching distance of the lead despite his own admission of feeling "rusty". With that in mind, Mickelson may yet add to his planned schedule of just one tournament – the Shell Houston Open – before the Masters.
"I have not been mentally that sharp and so to play better each day has been good for me," Mickelson said. "The result of this particular tournament is not my biggest priority right now; but with Augusta right around the corner, it's time to get going.
"I'll go home and talk things over with my wife and see what the best way is. I don't see myself adding an event but I wouldn't rule it out. I just don't know. We'll talk about it, because my game is starting to feel better, even though my results this year haven't shown it. I feel close, and so I'm not overly concerned."
Rory McIlroy endured a surprise Saturday struggle. His troubles started on the 7th, with a missed 5ft putt for par, and continued with double bogeys on the 8th and 10th. McIlroy needs something rather special to win now. "I couldn't hole a putt for birdie so I might as well chip one in," McIlroy said. "I played the par fives at four over and you can't do that round here."
Peace broke out between Ian Poulter and Hideki Matsuyama after the Englishman used Twitter to criticise his third-round playing partner's attack on a green during round two. Poulter branded Matsuyama an "idiot"; the Japanese youngster took out his frustrations on the 13th green.
"I need to be more careful with my etiquette and my manners," said a remorseful Matsuyama. "I didn't realise at the time that I hit the green so hard as to make a divot."
Matsuyama sought out Poulter to offer an apology on the driving range before the duo teed off in the third round. Poulter, presumably, has never let his own frustration get the better of him on a golf course.Ewan Murray
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