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Woods goes wrong direction at Sawgrass

Tiger makes 2 double bogies in front 9 at Stadium Course on Saturday

Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the third roundof The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday.
Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the third roundof The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday. (AP photo by John Raoux)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods, who birdied the final hole of his second round make the cut at The Players, felt he needed one good round to close the gap on the leaders at The Players Championship.

He went the other way Saturday.

Woods twice made double bogey on par 5s and wound up with a 3-over 75, his worst score at the TPC Sawgrass in eight years. He was at 3-over 219 and needed a good final round to avoid his worst finish at The Players.

Woods took double bogey on the par-5 second hole with a tee shot that caromed off a tree and a fairway bunker shot that sailed over the green. He got in more trouble in the grass-filled mounds short of the par-5 ninth. It took him three hacks to get on the green.

Woods, who has won The Players twice, most recently in 2013, did manage to birdie the par-five 11th hole, and had par at the one at 16th, as he didn't drop another shot for the rest of his third round.

He did not speak to the media after leaving the scoring tent.