Tiger Woods cards 71 in third round of Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods stumbled out of the gate before finding his footing with four of his five birdies on the front nine to finish 1-under-par 71 after the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Saturday.

After opening with a 75 and a 70 on the Albany course in the Bahamas, Woods bogeyed the first two holes on Saturday before turning his fortunes around on the third hole. He birdied that hole as well as Nos. 6, 8 and 9.

Woods answered a bogey on No. 11 with a birdie on No. 14. He bogeyed the par-4 No. 18 to drop to even par for the tournament.

The 15-time major champion is the tournament host and a five-time winner of the event, most recently in 2011.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, the second-round leader, held a two-stroke advantage at 14-under par when Woods completed his round.

Woods is playing in his first tournament since withdrawing from the Masters in April. He’s using this week as a “beta test” to see what he needs to do to be able to compete over 72 holes across four days.