March 2 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- As inconsistent as Tiger Woods has been the first three days of The Honda Classic, there has been one thing that has been: His score.
Woods carded his third straight round of even-par 70 on Saturday at PGA National, where the round started with promise and ended with the disappointment of a double bogey on the penultimate hole.
After making the cut on the number, Woods birdied two of his first three holes before adding another on the eighth to make the turn in 3 under.
Woods gave one of them back, however, with a bogey on the 10th, where he hit into a greenside bunker from the fairway and missed an 8-footer to save par.
Seven holes later, he gave them all back.
Woods cleared the water on the 190-yard par-3 only to see his ball disappear into the bank. He took a drop and pitched onto the green but landed 22 feet from the hole and two-putted from there.
"I thought realistically 5‑ or 6‑under par would be a good score," Woods said. "I thought if I post that had I would be within six or seven shots of the lead going into tomorrow at worst."
Instead, he's nine back with the leader having not even teed off yet.
"It's not that far off," said Woods, who earlier this year won in San Diego but last week lost in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Acenture Match Play Championship. "I feel like I'm probably just not quite driving it as well."