Woods bogeyed his first three holes Saturday in the Australian Open, and it didn’t get much better from there. He managed only two birdies on a good day for scoring, shot 3-over-par 75 and went from a one-shot lead to six shots behind John Senden.
This round made him a long shot to end the longest drought of his career. Only once has he won a tournament when trailing by six shots or more going into the final round, and that was nearly 14 years ago in Thailand.
Senden, who won the Australian Open five years ago at Royal Sydney, birdied his last two holes to finish off 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Day (68) .
Greg Chalmers had 67 and was two shots behind.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Singapore, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain shot 10-under-par 61 for a three-shot lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Singapore Open.
Fernandez-Castano had nine birdies and one eagle to lead James Morrison of England and Edoardo Molinari of Italy, who both had 68s.
The 31-year-old Fernandez-Castano was at 15-under 127 through two rounds.
Play was suspended just as the third round began because of the threat of lightning. The rain continued throughout the afternoon meaning no more play was possible, and officials shortened the tournament to three rounds.
LPGA TOUR: In Guadalajara, Mexico, Catriona Matthew shot her second consecutive 4-under-par 68 to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Matthew, the 42-year-old Scot who won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2009, carded 11-under 205 total at Guadalajara Country Club.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (71) was second, and defending champion I.K. Kim (70) was another stroke back along with Anna Nordqvist (73).
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, tied for the lead after the first two rounds in the 36-player event, was 5-under after 75. The 51-year-old Inkster is trying to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 26th at 3-over after 74.