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
Omaha: 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.