Woods ready to go low on Labor Day

Tiger Woods hopes early birdies can set him up during the Dell Technologies Championship final round.

Tiger Woods is eyeing a fast start at the Dell Technologies Championship.   -  (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods believes a fast start will be key to his chances of contending at the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.

Annually ending on Labor Day, the Boston tradition is set up for a rousing finish this week.

Woods, after a three-under 68 in the third round, is six shots behind leader Abraham Ancer at seven under.

"I've got to make a bunch of birdies, get off to a quick start and just get rolling early to kind of do what Bryson [DeChambeau] did today, get off to a quick start, birdied the first two," Woods said.

"That's basically what I need to do tomorrow."

Not only does Woods need to play well Monday to finish strong in this event, he is still fighting for his FedEx Cup play-off life with eyes on the Tour Championship.

"I have to play well in order to make it to East Lake," Woods said. "I think before I teed off I looked at the board I'd already fallen six spots, and hadn't teed off yet.

"The points are very volatile. You have a quick six or seven, if not nine holes of a good run, you can vault anywhere between 10 and 20 spots, it's not that hard to do. It's just very volatile. You get on one of those runs and move up the board."

Sunday, Woods played alongside DeChambeau, one of the hottest golfers on Tour after winning last week. DeChambeau shot an eight-under 63 in round three to get within one shot of the lead.

"He's fantastic to play with. He's great," Woods said of DeChambeau. "This is the first time I've ever played with him in a tournament round. We played in practice rounds quite a bit this year and he's fantastic.

"Two friends going out there competing and playing. And we both have jobs to do today and try to shoot as low rounds as we possibly could do today. And he did that, he shot eight under today. And it was great playing."