(CNN) -- Tiger Woods posted a third round one-over par 72 at The Barclays tournament, Saturday, to finish the day in a tie for 28th place.
His 54-hole total of 210 at The Ridgewood Country Club, New Jersey left the world number one nine shots adrift of new leader, Scotland's Martin Laird, who finished the day on 12-under par.
Woods made a disastrous start to his round sending his opening tee shot sailing out of bounds. He finished the hole with a triple-bogey seven, which all but ended his hopes of making a move back up the leaderboard.
"I got caught between two swings," Woods said, PGATour.com reported. "I wasn't committed to it. That's what happens. It was an awful golf swing."
Woods managed to repair some of the damage on the back nine, picking up birdies at 13, 17 and 18.
Despite his recent poor form, Woods believes his game is starting to improve, as evidenced by his opening round 65.
"I'm very excited about what I'm doing, how I'm hitting the golf ball. The shots that I'm hitting, the crispness coming off and how many shots I hit the last three rounds pin high, exactly pin high. That's something I haven't done all year, " Woods said, PGATour.com reported.
Laird will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round after he shot a six-under par 65.
Overnight leader, Jason Day could only manage a one-under par 70 to finish on a three-round total of 204, tied with American Dustin Johnson for second place.
Johnson, who was in contention for both the U.S. Open and the USPGA Championship titles in 2010, recorded the lowest score of the day, carding a seven-under par 64.
Australian Adam Scott lies fourth on eight-under par, with six players, including Briton's Justin Rose, tied for fifth on seven-under.
Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey had steady rounds of 71 and 70 respectively and are currently in a nine-way tie for 12th place on five-under par.
Both men will be looking for low scores on Sunday in order to improve their chances of being selected as one of Colin Montgomerie's wildcard picks for Europe's Ryder Cup team.
The biennial event will take place at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales from the 1-3 October.