PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods shot his lowest score at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, racing up the leaderboard at the Players Championship after barely making the 36-hole cut.
The 7-under-par 65 was better than the 66s he shot here in 2000 and 2001 — also during the third round. Woods twice shot 67 during his second victory at the Players Championship in 2013.
Not to be outdone, Jordan Spieth also made a big move Saturday, making six birdies — and a bogey — on the back nine to match Woods’ 65.
At the conclusion of their rounds, both golfers had moved up 60 spots to 8 under.
Woods, 42, got off to a fast start, making birdies at four of his first five holes en route to a front-nine 30 — one off the course record. It was his lowest score ever on the front side at TPC Sawgrass.
Halfway leader Webb Simpson was still nearly two hours away from starting his third round when Woods and Spieth finished their rounds.
Woods is making his eighth start this year on the PGA Tour.