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Struggling Woods slips down further, Atwal lies tied at 42

other Updated: Aug 08, 2011 00:52 IST
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Tiger Woods slipped further adrift at the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday, but the 14-time major champion insisted there were encouraging signs in his game.

Woods struggled on the greens, three-putting the last hole en route to a two-over par 72 at Firestone, where he has won seven titles.

The former world number one had a 54-hole total of one-over 211, well off the pace in the elite World Golf Championships event.

However, Woods insisted after a round that included four bogeys and two birdies that his game was progressing.

"I started getting a feel in my hands," Woods said. "I had to hit the ball the right number. Just about every iron shot was on my number, which was great.

"Still struggling a little bit with my setup and alignments off tee shots because I used to curve the ball a lot more. And I'm hitting the ball straighter. It's just a nice change, but it's still a change."

Meanwhile, Arjun Atwal tumbled badly in the last eight holes to card a one-over 71 but still managed to rise three rungs to tied 42nd.

Adam Scott was back in sole lead with a four-under 66 at Firestone.

Gangjee, Chopra slip
Rahil Gangjee carded a disappointing one-under 70 in the third round and slipped 14 places to tied 51st in the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic here. Gangjee managed just two birdies against a bogey to take his total to eight-under 205.

Also slipping down was Daniel Chopra, who shot a 71 and is 60th at seven-under.