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Tiger Woods shoots 68, trails big in Turkey

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods out of the trees in Turkey. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods out of the trees in Turkey. (Getty Images)

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This certainly wasn't how Tiger Woods envisioned the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open going. Woods shot an up-and-down 68 but now trails leader Victor Dubuisson by six shots going into the final round.

Dubuisson shot a bogey-free 63 to seize a five-shot lead over Ian Poulter and the six-shot margin over Woods.

Woods actually went out in 32 and it looked for a while like he was going to be able to match Dubuisson stroke-for-stroke but a leaky back nine derailed him. Here's a look at his scorecard:

And wouldn't you know it, there was drama on the day as well!

On the 11th hole on Saturday Woods hit his tee shot into the woods then hit his hand on a tree when trying to hit it out (see photo above).

"It's a little tender," Woods said. "I smoked it on something. I don't know what it was, but I hit something hard."

There were no excuses from the world No. 1, though.

"I just deal with it, just play through it," Woods said.

He played through it (and actually made birdie on the hole) but he didn't play all that well after the injury, bogeying three of his final six holes. After his opening 32 Woods shot a 36 on the back with three bogeys.

Woods noted on Friday that it would take a ton of birdies on the weekend to win the tournament, which Woods did, but his round was sprinkled with too many bogeys.

"I wasn't really playing that well, and it finally caught up with me on the back nine," Woods said.

"I know what I'm doing wrong, it's matter of stop doing it, and I'll hit good shots like I did yesterday," Woods said. "Yesterday, I was dialed in. It's always hard to follow up a low round with another one, but I somehow managed to post 4 under."

It's tough to follow up a 63 with another good score no matter how you're hitting it, but especially when you're smacking it all over the yard like Woods was on Saturday.

Woods is confident, however, he's still in the mix.

"I'm not out of the tournament - I've got to keep fighting, and that's the way I've always played."

I have my doubts though. Woods' track record of coming back from six shots down in the final round of a big tournament is not, um, good.

The nice thing for Woods, however, is that it would just take a meltdown from one golfer (Dubuisson) -- a 23-year-old who's never won as a pro.

If that happens, if he shoots a 78, all of a sudden it's Woods and Poulter for the Turkish Airlines Open title. And that would be all kinds of fun.

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