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Tiger Woods admitted it will take something special to get back into contention after falling seven shots behind on Saturday.

Tiger Woods admitted it will take something special to get back into contention after falling seven shots behind in Saturday’s third round.

Hot off a superb 66 on Friday, expectations were high that Woods would mount a serious challenge, but a frustrating day on the greens saw him card a two-over 74 to slip back in the field.

Two bogeys came in his first four holes, but the former world number one gave himself plenty of chances for birdies over the next six, but failed to convert any of them. Then came a miss for birdie from two feet on the 11th.

A birdie finally came on the par-five 13th, but a three-putt for bogey on the 18th summed up his day and saw him drop to five-under-par.

“I’m pleased with the way I played, but I just made nothing,” said a disappointed Woods.

“I hit the ball well all day – that was not the problem. Take away the three-putts and give me a few, it could have been a pretty good round.

“I hit so many putts early that looked like going in and didn’t, then I had a couple of three-putts on 11 and 15.

“That’s not very good. Now I’m going to have to put together a good front nine on Sunday and see what happens. I’m in a position where I’ve just got to go out there and play a good round.”

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