Tiger Woods got off to a torrid start in the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Sunday that was tempered by three back-nine bogeys in a round of two-under par 70 at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, the Bahamas.
Woods, who is playing his first competitive tournament in nearly 16 months, opened with three straight birdies and was five-under par through 11 holes and tied for third. But he made consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14 and hit his second shot at 18 into a water hazard, leading to a double-bogey. It was the second time in three rounds he put a ball in the water at 18.
Tied for ninth and trailing by six at the outset of his round, Woods fell to a tie for 10th, 11 strokes behind leader Hideki Matsuyama still on the course.
Woods' downfall in this round was the par fives. He played the five of them in only one-under par.
Matsuyama, 24, has won three tournaments in the last six weeks, including a victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions, and is threatening to make this a runaway victory. He shot a seven-under par 65 and leads by seven over Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.