Woods wilts at World Challenge

03 December 2017 19:32:26 GMTPlus11

Tiger Woods refused to be too downbeat despite struggling in windy conditions during the third round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The returning Woods was unable to build on his positive opening two rounds at Albany, as he carded a 75 to fall to ten shots off the 14-under par pace being set by Charley Hoffman, who leads by five shots with 18 holes to play.

I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the crazy part.

Tiger Woods

Woods was 3-over par for his round, with his first birdie not coming until the 14th hole, a situation which clearly frustrated the 14-time Major winner.

He told reporters: "Anything that I did right ended up in a bad spot and everything I did wrong was really bad.

"It's ridiculous it took me 14 holes to make a birdie, it was just one of those days. I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the crazy part.

"It feels good to be out here fighting again, I've missed the fight. Getting out there and competing against the golf course and the rest of the guys, it's so much fun."

Hoffman carded a 2-under par 70 in his third round to extend his lead, with Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth leading the chasing pack on 9-under par for the tournament.

Tommy Fleetwood lost ground as he registered a 2-over 74, with the Englishman lying in a tie for fifth place alongside Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

Hoffman is now 51.00 to win the tournament, with Rose available at 2001.00 and 2014 winner Spieth 3001.00.

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