The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods falls out of contention on front 9

David Cannon

Despite entering Sunday only four shots from leaders, Tiger Woods struggled his way out of contention on his front nine at The Masters.

Tiger Woods knew what he needed to do to give himself a chance at winning the Masters and his fifth green jacket. Beginning his final round only four shots behind leaders Angel Cabrera and Jason Day, many felt Woods would need a 66 or 65 to seriously contend. He'd also need a little help from those atop the leaderboard.

After a front nine 37, however, it appears Tiger has run out of holes at Augusta.

Woods did not play well on his opening nine, dropping a shot at hole No. 5 to fall to 2-under for the tournament and six shots behind the leaders. Distance control continued to plague Woods throughout the afternoon, coupled with an inconsistent putter. Woods never made a birdie in his opening nine.

At the par-4 No. 7 hole, Tiger succumbed to his second bogey to drop another stroke. He is currently at 2-under par after making his first birdie of the day on hole No. 9.

While he technically still has a fleeting chance at pulling out a miracle, Tiger will have to hope for a colossal collapse from about five players in front of him on the leaderboard. He is currently seven shots back.

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