ORLANDO, Fla. – Aggressiveness, not a developing swing or swirling winds, cost Tiger Woods three strokes on Saturday at Bay Hill and likely a seventh title at what has been, at least for a few more months, his home-town event.
“The round turned at (No.) 13,” said Woods, who faded with a third-round 74 and was nine strokes behind the leaders when he finished. “I had to get aggressive because I needed to shoot 3 or 4 under to have a chance and paid the price.”
The price was an approach into the water hazard in front of the 13th green, followed by another water ball at the par-5 16th hole.
Despite his 2-over round, his highest card at Bay Hill since a closing 76 in 2007, Woods remained optimistic about his next tournament (Masters) if not his chance for No. 7 on Sunday.
“Hopefully the wind will blow tomorrow and I can get a good (round) in,” said Woods, who hit a season-high 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday.