Tiger Woods BMW Championship: Areas to Improve for Stellar Final Round

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Tiger Woods BMW Championship: Areas to Improve for Stellar Final Round
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Golf is always more exciting when Tiger Woods has a chance to win on Sunday.

After a mediocre start to the tournament, Woods stormed up the leaderboard at the 2013 BMW Championship on Saturday and is in position to make a final push for his PGA Tour-leading sixth win of the season.

Woods shot a five-under 66 in Saturday's third round, highlighted by an impressive back nine performance that included four birdies. At nine under par, he's now four strokes behind tournament leader Jim Furyk.

With important FedEx Cup points on the line in Sunday's final round, let's take a look at where Tiger needs to improve for one more stellar performance at Conway Farms.

 

Driving Accuracy

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Woods is having no problem making solid contact with the ball off the tee, evidenced by his impressive 313.3 yards per drive average.

The area that needs improvement is accuracy.

His inconsistent accuracy off the tee is setting up a lot of difficult second shots from the rough, which is one reason why he's missing a lot of greens in regulation (GIR). Woods' GIR of 68.5 percent is the worst among the players in the top five of the leaderboard.

If he's able to drive the ball accurately and stay out of the rough, Woods should have no problem being under par on Sunday.

 

Holes 1 and 5

The first and fifth holes of the Conway Farms Golf Club have been difficult for Woods through three rounds. Here's a look at how he's fared:

Woods on Holes 1 and 5
Round Hole 1 Hole 5
1 Par Birdie
2 Quadruple Bogey Bogey
3 Par Bogey

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There's nothing worse in a final round than a poor start, and for Woods to build some momentum and put pressure on Jim Furyk and the rest of the golfers ahead of him, he must do a better job on the first and fifth holes.

Woods lost five strokes on these holes during his second-round performance, and after a few adjustments, he lost only one stroke on Saturday. If he's able to drive well off the tee and set up more manageable approach shots, Woods should see even more improvement on Sunday.

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Don't Let Sunday Pressure Impact Performance

Tiger Woods use to be golf's best example of someone who's calm, cool and collected under pressure.

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Performing at a high level in the final round has been an issue for Woods at major tournaments since his last U.S. Open triumph in 2008, but he's also had difficulties in non-major events. In his last 10 tournaments, the 37-year-old has earned a score of 70 or worse on Sunday nine times. 

Even though the BMW Championship isn't a major, it's still an important part of the FedEx Cup. Woods is currently ranked second in the FedEx Cup standings, 14 points behind leader Henrik Stenson.

After his impressive third-round performance, Woods will be in the spotlight on Sunday, and it's going to be interesting to watch how he handles the expectations. 

 

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