Tiger fades at Sawgrass

Tiger Woods shot a disappointing third-round 75 at the Players Championship on Saturday to fall well out of contention.

After a second-round 71 had left him on even par, eight shots off the lead heading into the third round, Woods insisted he still had a chance of winning the tournament. A birdie at the 18th on Friday saw him punch the air in delight as he ensured he would be around for the weekend.

But a front nine of 40 on Saturday put paid to any faint hopes Woods had of winning a third title at Sawgrass.

The round also saw the former World No 1 gain another unwanted record as he ran up multiple double bogeys on par fives for the first time in his professional career.

Woods declined to comment after his round, but his playing partner Graham Delaet pointed out the obvious.

“It’s just hard to score when you have doubles,” DeLaet said.

A mishit drive from Woods on the par-five second hit a tree and travelled just 105 yards. He would find more rough and a fairway bunker before eventually two-putting for a seven.

The ninth was the other long hole that ruined Woods’ figures, as two duffed chips led to another double bogey.

Aside from those two doubles, Woods played the remainder of his round in one under par, bogeying the sixth but birdying the seventh and 11th.