Tigers Woods entered the third round of the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney feeling confident with a one-stroke lead but quickly fell behind after three straight bogeys. He's now six back entering the final day, tied for eighth place with Bubba Watson.
Aussie John Senden is setting the pace atop the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of countryman John Senden. Nick Watney (T-4th) and Kyle Stanley (T-10th) are the only other Americans in the top 10.
With a 16-hour time difference, the first pairing won't tee off until 3:22 p.m. EST (7:22 a.m. local). Woods, paired with Aaron Baddeley, will begin play at 7:51 p.m. EST, with the Golf Channel picking up coverage starting at 8 p.m. Senden and Day will tee off at 8:35 p.m. EST.
Australian Adam Scott, whose caddie Steve Williams recently made controversial comments about Woods and was forced to apologize before the start of the tournament, is tied for 10th place, one stroke behind Woods. Had Woods not birdied the par-5 14th hole, and had a few other pieces come together, Scott and Woods would have finished the tournament in an extremely awkward pairing. Instead, Scott will tee off at 7:29 p.m. EST, two groups ahead of Woods and Baddeley.
Woods, who said after the second round that he was hitting some of the best shots he's had since adapting to a new swing, admitted that he just didn't have it during the third round.
"I just got off to an awful start," Woods said, according to the Associated Press. "The round should have been an easy 71, no problem. I played the par 5s bad, I didn't take care of 13. But if I take care of the par 5s and make a couple of putts, it's a 1 or 2 under round. But I made nothing today."
But despite the setback, he's not counting himself out. "I need to play good on that front nine. Anything can happen on the back nine," Woods said, according to the AP. "If I can just play a good, solid front nine and get things going on the back nine, they have some easy holes on the back nine. If I can shoot some low scores, I'll be right there."