Tiger Woods struggles to make ground at Australian Masters

13:56, November 14, 2010      

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U.S. golfer Tiger Woods has been struggling to retain his Australian Masters title, after a third round of even par 71 on Saturday left him 10 shots behind Australian Adam Bland.

Recently deposed world number one, Woods struggled with his putter for the third straight day at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, making three bogeys and three birdies to remain at 1-under-par through 54 holes at the par-71 course.

Last year, Woods won the Australian Masters. It was the only title the former world number one currently holds.

With no player having shot better than a six-under-par 65 at Victoria Golf Club so far this week, Australia Associated Press reported that Woods is realistic enough to acknowledge that even if he suddenly clicks into top form, he will need Bland to falter.

"Unfortunately I'm so far back I've got to play a great round, then I need help," Woods told Australia Associated Press on Saturday.

"The only thing I can control is hopefully go out there and put a low one on the board."

Bloomberg news on Saturday also reported that Woods is facing the likely prospect of finishing the year, without a title for the first time in his professional career.

Bland currently heads the 17 players in Australian Masters, after three rounds on 11-under-par.

Spain's Sergio Garcia, who had moved into contention on Friday after a 6-under-par second round, slipped 12 shots off the lead with a 6-over-par 77.

Final round of Australian Masters will be held on Sunday.

Source: Xinhua


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