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Tiger Woods at Honda Classic 2013: Day 3 Analysis, Highlights and More

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 02:  Tiger Woods of USA plays a shot during the third round of the Honda Classic on March 2, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 2, 2013

If nothing else, Tiger Woods has been consistent at the 2013 Honda Classic. Unfortunately, he's been consistently ordinary in shooting a 70 on each day of the tournament. 

Despite a strong start in Round 3, Woods couldn't improve upon his mediocre play, still sitting at even par with Saturday's action in the books. Woods will head into the tournament's final day trailing the leaders by eight strokes.

Here is a look at the top 10 players from the leaderboard (per ESPN): 

Leaderboard R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Thru
 
T1
Michael Thompson
-3 -5 E -8 18
 
T1
     Luke Guthrie
-2 -7 +1 -8 18
 
T3
Lee Westwood
-4 -2 E -6 18
 
T3
Geoff Ogilvy
-2 -4 E -6 18
 
T5
Charles Howell III
-3 -3 +1 -5 18
 

 

Coming out Strong 

Woods tallied two birdies on two of the first three holes. This was especially encouraging considering he had only earned one birdie on these holes in the two previous rounds combined.

He had already dropped his score to a 68 overall, and looked poised to make a meaningful run.

 

Success on Front Nine

When the first nine holes were completed, some may have been convinced that today was Woods' day to make his mark. He picked up another birdie on the eighth hole, and a 67 through 45 holes had him in the thick of things.

But the troublesome back nine awaited him, where he had only produced a plus-3 on the final nine holes through the first two rounds. Unfortunately, the disappointing trend would continue. 

 

Blunders on Back Nine

Right out of the gate, the back nine gave Woods issues. He bogeyed the 10th hole, and after steadying himself from the 11th through the 16th to maintain par, disaster struck on the 17th.

He double-bogeyed this hole, effectively erasing his hot start to the day.

 

Looking Ahead to Sunday

Woods' chances of pulling off a victory are very slim. He is down eight shots, and considering his inability to produce a sub-70 round thus far, there is little reason to believe he will bridge such a large gap.

With a seemingly insurmountable deficit in front of him, it is unlikely that Woods will capture his 76th PGA Tour win.

 

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