Tiger made the turn in three-over 39 but came back with three birdies on the back to salvage a 72.
Tiger Woods' final round on Sunday at the Players Championship will be his last stroke play round before the Masters, but it won't come with the adrenaline of contending for a tournament title.
That was made sure by an indifferent even-par 72 on Saturday that leaves Woods at three under for the tournament, well back from the top of a crowded leaderboard that includes some of the game's biggest stars. He was in a tie for 42nd when he walked off the course.
The round did include one light-hearted moment indicative of Woods' newfound lightheartedness on the course.
After his playing partner Kevin Na was a bit over-eager to pick his birdie putt out of the hole on the island green 17th, Woods poked fun by mimicking that same motion.
Tiger is not playing well this week, but you wouldn't know by his mood. That never used to be the case.— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) March 16, 2019
After Kevin Na was a little eager to pick his birdie out of the hole at 17, Tiger pokes fun at him by doing the same thing. Legitimately very funny.pic.twitter.com/g1ATV2IehM
That was Woods' final birdie of the day and his third on the back nine, completing an admirable comeback after the round got off to a brutal start. Woods was three over par after his first eight holes and found himself in danger of missing the secondary cut before the back nine flurry.
The birdie was Woods' second of the week on 17, the same hole where he made quadruple bogey on Friday after hitting two balls in the water.
Woods now has just one stroke play round left before the Masters begins on April 11. After declining to play in next week's Valspar Championship, Woods' lone remaining tournament before Augusta will be the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, which begins March 27.