May 13 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods fired a 7-under-par 65 in the third round of the 2018 Players Championship, his lowest round ever at the tournament.
Woods carded the score Saturday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He finished the day tied for ninth place. Woods carded a 72 in the first round and handed in a 71 in round two on Friday.
"Eventually I was going to put all the pieces together," Woods said, according to his website.
"Today, for the most part, I did."
Webb Simpson still leads the field at 19-under-par. Simpson shot a 66 in the first round before rounds of 63 and 68 entering Sunday's final round. Simpson's 63 was a course record.
"I think with the golf course ... I'm playing late," Simpson told reporters. "It's going to be firm and fast. A few of the hardest pins they've used already and I saw the pins for tomorrow so I don't think it will be setup that much harder."
"Sunday you've got to give the course a little more respect. I wanted to do that today. I wanted to hit away from the pins unless I had a sand wedge in my hand."
Woods tees off with Jordan Spieth at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday. He won the tournament in 2001 and in 2013.
His third round included eight birdies and one pogey. He made par nine times.