Woods salvages 68, remains five back at Turkish Airlines OpenTiger Woods birdied the 18th hole after struggling on the back nine Saturday.November 09, 2013
ANTALAYA, Turkey (AP) -- Victor Dubuisson of France opened up a five-shot lead at the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday after starting his third round with four straight birdies, while Tiger Woods kept himself in the mix despite three bogeys on an inconsistent back nine.
Dubuisson added five more birdies in a bogey-free 9-under 63 to distance himself from the field and move to 21-under 195. Ian Poulter was alone in second after a 68 while Woods and Henrik Stenson (69) were among four players sitting another shot back.
Woods had an eventful round and hurt his right hand when his club hit a tree on the 11th hole, but seemed to escape without a serious injury.
Having made three birdies on the front nine, Woods then mixed three more birdies with three bogeys on a six-hole stretch starting on the 11th. He finished with an improbable birdie on the 18th for a 68.
"To birdie the last hole was a nice way to end, considering I struggled all day with my swing," Woods said. "I was getting away with it on the front nine, but I wasn't really playing well and it caught up with me on the back nine."
The American's drive on the par-5 11th landed well right of the fairway and he then hit a 3-wood that brushed the tree and immediately jumped into the air and began shaking his right hand. That shot landed in a greenside bunker, but he still went on to birdie the hole and didn't show any effects of the incidents the rest of the round.
"My arm is a little tender. I smoked it on something. I don't know what I hit but I hit something hard," Woods said. "I just dealt with it, and you know, just played through it. I won't need any treatment."
Woods is looking for his first European Tour victory in four years, but found just five of 14 fairways on Saturday. But he only needed 24 putts in his round, one-putting the last four holes.
Dubuisson has yet to win on tour, with three third-place finishes as his best results. Even with a big lead going into the last round, he hasn't started eyeing the trophy just yet.
"I will try not to think about tomorrow as it would put too much pressure on myself," the Frenchman said. "But I know Tiger and Henrik will shoot very low scores, so I have to keep the same strategy. I have a five-shot lead, but with all these great players, tomorrow will be a very tough day."