Tiger Woods' Resiliency Counters Unfortunate Penalty at 2013 Masters

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Tiger Woods' Resiliency Counters Unfortunate Penalty at 2013 Masters
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The resiliency of Tiger Woods has him in position to claim a fifth Masters on Sunday at Augusta National.

After nearly being disqualified for an illegal drop in his second round, Tiger Woods is back in the running to win the 2013 Masters following a Tiger-like performance in Saturday's third round.

While a two-under round (70) may seem average for a golfer with the talent that Woods possesses, it's quite impressive considering the hit his second round took after officials deemed that he took an illegal drop on the 15th hole in Round 2 on Friday, resulting in a two-stroke penalty.

Woods took to Twitter to explain the situation and seemed to understand the committee's ruling (via B/R's Twitter page).

The penalty seemingly knocked Woods out of any serious projection that he could come back and win his fifth Masters at Augusta National, as the two-stroke penalty sent him from a one-under-par 71 to a 73 for Round 2 and five shots off the lead entering Saturday.

But like usual, the resiliency that engulfs Tiger Woods was on display at Augusta on Saturday.

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Woods' five birdies in Round 3 brought him within four shots of the lead heading into Sunday.

Woods could have folded. He could have let the penalty soil his third round and all hopes of claiming another green jacket, but he did just the opposite.

The key for Woods on Saturday was his approach on the very first hole and then the way he finished off his Saturday round.

Woods made birdie on the first hole, a par four that he had parred in previous days. After making three bogies to just one birdie up until the 12th hole, Tiger made his usual run. 

Instead of being one over for the round, Woods made birdie on 12, 13 and 15 to close out Saturday two under for the day and four shots behind leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera (-7).

Instead of being just two strokes behind, Woods is four shots off the lead entering Sunday due to the two-stroke penalty from his second round, but according to ESPN's Bob Harig, Tiger was pleased with his third round and appears to be focused on Sunday, saying,

"It started off obviously different, but I'm right there in the ballgame...As of right now, I'm four back with a great shot to win this championship."

While the conventional odds are still very much against Woods, you have to at least entertain the idea of him coming from four shots back on Sunday to win his fifth green jacket at Augusta National. 

Woods will begin his run at another Masters title at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

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