*Tiger Woods on Saturday did not look like someone who is going to win his fifth Masters title. He didn’t look like it on the scoreboard, where he is seven strokes behind. Or with his short game, which failed him with chipping on the front nine and putting on the back.
The result was a sloppy 74, the worst third round of the top 13 scorers. He began the day tied for third and three back. He ended it tied for ninth and seven behind a 21-year-old, Rory McIlroy, who has a four-shot lead and appears on cruise control.
Woods’ 2-over-par effort was surprising considering his nine-birdie 66 on Friday. But the retreat also was the continuation of inconsistency by someone who hasn’t been able to string together two or three good rounds since he last won in 2009.
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