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March 10 2012

10:30 PM

Par-5 play proves costly to Woods

Interview: Tiger Woods

Following his third-round 68 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods addressed the media and discussed Doral's par-5 holes.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- For the first seven holes Saturday, Tiger Woods looked like he might have another 62 in him. Then the eighth hole got in the way.

Woods hit his second shot over the green on the 531-yard par-5, then chopped it into the greenside bunker before eventually two-putting from 11 feet for a bogey.

“Yeah, in a sense [my score was disappointing] because I felt I had it going in there and got it to 8 where it was a very uncomfortable shot for me to hit,” Woods said of his second shot on the hole. “It's a hard shot for me to take off and hit just a three-quarter 2-iron, hit it up in the air and turn it from right-to-left. That's a hard shot for most people. And I'm like most people on that one.

“I bailed on it and ended up in a spot where it was burned out and I was afraid of landing it on the green, rolling over in the water and hitting it in the bunker.”

Woods used to feast on par-5s, but the eighth has had his number at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. In his last 11 rounds here, Woods has played it in a combined 1 under with just two birdies and one bogey.

Woods made three more birdies in his round, but he sandwiched them around a couple of bogeys with a three-putt on the par-5 12th and a mess on the par-4 14th, where he missed the fairway, chopped out, then missed the green.

With scores as low as they were in the third round -- the scoring average was under par on a nearly windless day -- Woods knows he missed some opportunities on the par-5s, which he played in a combined even-par.

”The scores being as low as they are, I mean, the winning score is probably going to be probably in the 20s,” he said. “So you're going to have to take care of those par 5s.”

If there was a positive for Woods on Saturday it’s that he closed with a birdie on the difficult par-4 18th.

“I hit a sweet drive down there,” Woods said. “I hit a little 8 and just tried to make sure I kept it right of the hole, maybe use the ridge to bring it down and stayed committed to the line. I hit it, turned over a little bit with the wind and ended up pretty good.”

More than a half-dozen strokes off the lead entering the final round, he’ll need a lot more holes like that Sunday.

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