Tiger Woods at CIMB Classic 2012: Day 3 Analysis and More

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 27:  Tiger Woods of USA plays his tee shot on the 5th hole during day three of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on October 27, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods came roaring into Saturday's third round at the CIMB Classic from the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Malaysia. 

The 36-year-old was aiming to take over the top spot on the leaderboard on Day 3, and although it looked as if he might for a long time, Tiger's infamous weekend struggles ultimately stole the show.

Woods shot two under on Saturday, putting him at 11-under for the tournament, tied for 10th and five strokes back of the leader.

Here's how Tiger fared on Day 3 in case you missed it.


Front Nine

Tiger was phenomenal on the front nine on Saturday, recording five birdies through the first eight holes.

He came out looking like the poster child of confidence and was aggressive, taking on the course for the third time in as many days. Early on, it seemed as if Woods was headed for his best day of the tournament.

When Tiger wasn't in position to birdie, he made sure to stay on track with smooth pars. Woods put on a clinic on the front nine Saturday, playing arguably his best stretch of golf since the tournament began on Friday.

His hot start had him rolling at -5 for the round, and 14-under for the tournament heading into the back nine.


Back Nine

Woods got off to a decent start on the back nine on Day 3, shooting par on holes No. 10 and 11. But soon after that, Tiger began to struggle. After some superb swings on the front nine, he found himself hitting cart paths and bunkers more often then the cup.

He tallied just two birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey on hole No. 14 to finish three over on the back nine and -11 through the first three rounds, tying him for 10th place along with four other golfers.

Tiger's poor finish to the day came as a major surprise considering he shot five under and two under on the back nine in the first and second round respectively, with just one combined bogey through Thursday and Friday.

Woods' late stumble at the CIMB Classic on Saturday capped off his worst round at the tournament so far and gives him little room for error heading into Sunday's final round:

I was right there. I had plenty of easy holes to go, but I didn't capitalize on that at all, I made a couple of bad decisions, bad swings on top of that. On a golf course that's playing this benign, you just can't afford to do that. It can be had out there—I had it after eight holes, just didn't keep it going.—Tiger Woods per ESPN.com via The Associated Press

Bo Van Pelt leads at -16 through three rounds—five shots ahead of Tiger Woods. 


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