- Bob Harig, Senior Golf Writer
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ATLANTA -- At least he beat the rain.
That might have been the most positive development for Tiger Woods on Saturday at East Lake, where predicted rain didn't get heavy until he was standing on the 18th green.
By then, he was well behind tournament leader Henrik Stenson at the Tour Championship. Woods finished the third round with a 1-under 69 and was tied for 26th place in the 30-man field.
Assuming Stenson holds onto his big lead during Sunday's final round, the Swede will capture the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. Woods, however, is still projected to finish second in the standings, which would net $3 million.
"The goal is to go out and shoot a low round tomorrow and see where the chips fall," Woods said.
A day after playing the final five holes in 6-over and being "out of gas," Woods made birdies on the 14th and 15th hole Saturday after an early bogey. The rest were pars, giving him a 69 after rounds of 73 and 71.
Despite winning at East Lake in 2007 and finishing second four other times, Woods has also had some of his worst rounds here. Three of his seven rounds on the PGA Tour that have not included a birdie have been at East Lake, including Thursday's opening round.
Woods said Friday he was looking forward to an off week prior to the Presidents Cup in Columbus, Ohio. However, he said Saturday that he doesn't want to go into the time off playing poorly.
"It's nice to get the week off, but I want to go in there playing well and shooting some good scores," Woods said. "I didn't hit the ball well today. I kept hitting everything to the right. It wasn't that far off, but it just kept spinning over to the right.
"At least I was able to putt well today. It was nice. I made some nice putts."
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