Tiger Woods at WGC Cadillac Championship 2013: Day 3 Analysis, Highlights, More

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2013

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa in on March 9, 2013 in Doral, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods was again rock solid at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami on Saturday. He came into the day with a two-shot lead, and he finished four strokes up on Graeme McDowell.

Barring a rough day on Sunday, Woods is in great position to capture his 76th PGA Tour victory. He'd be only six wins behind Sam Snead for the all-time lead, despite having played on the Tour 12 fewer years.

The consistency Woods has shown throughout this tournament is what has been lacking from his game over the last two years.

Here is a look at Tiger's day and the leaderboard after three rounds, per PGATour.com.

1 - Tiger Woods -18 F -5 66 65 67 - 198

2 - Graeme McDowell -14 F -3 66 67 69 - 202

T3 - Phil Mickelson -13 F -3 67 67 69 - 203

T3 - Steve Stricker -13 F -3 67 67 69 - 203

T5 5 Sergio Garcia -11 F -5 66 72 67 - 205

T5 5 Michael Thompson -11 F -5 69 69 67 - 205

T5 2 Charl Schwartzel -11 F -3 71 65 69 - 205

T5 2 Keegan Bradley -11 F -3 68 68 69 - 205

T9 4 Bubba Watson -10 F -1 66 69 71 - 206

T9 4 Freddie Jacobson -10 F -1 66 69 71 - 206

A Beautiful Beginning

Woods couldn't have asked for a much better start to his day. He birdied the first three holes, leaving no doubt he would at least sustain the strong play that propelled him into the lead.

It was the first time he birdied three straight holes in the tournament, and it gave him great momentum for the rest of the day.

Take a look at Tiger on the second hole.

Solid Front Nine

Woods had only one misstep in the first nine holes. He bogeyed the fifth hole, which he has played progressively worse since he birdied the hole on Thursday.

Oddly enough, the fifth hole didn't appear to pose a problem for any of the other players in the top 10 on the leaderboard. All of the other contenders at least maintained par on the hole.

No matter, Tiger is still ahead in the only area that ultimately counts.

Maintaining Control

The back nine didn't present any major pitfalls for Woods. He did bogey 17 after getting his ball stuck in a tree. But he tamed the feared 18th hole with a birdie to finish his day at five-under par.

Check out Tiger's issues on the 17th hole:

Woods has had little to no problem with the final hole on the course through three rounds.

The birdie on Saturday was the second time he birdied the hole this tournament. He couldn't ask to be in a better position heading into the final round of play.

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