Tiger sees hopes fading at Augusta


AUGUSTA, Ga. – For just the third time in his professional career at Augusta National Tiger Woods is over par through three rounds and, barring a dramatic change of fortunes this afternoon, his title chances are over as well.

Another sloppy ball-striking day at the Masters led to an even-par 72 for a 3-over total, eight strokes off the lead as the frontrunners teed off late Saturday afternoon.

“I’d like to say it’s poor driving . . . but it’s just one thing after another,” Woods said after his round. “I need help from the guys this afternoon (to have any chance of contending).”

More important than Woods’ driving this week has been his play on the par 5s. Prior to this year Woods had posted just two rounds without birdieing a par 5 at Augusta National. He’s already doubled that effort this week following Saturday’s 0-for-4 effort.