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Tiger slips back after disappointing third round

Tiger Woods slipped back to six shots from the lead at the Australian Open on Saturday, with John Senden taking his place.

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IT WAS A disappointing third round at the Australian Open for overnight leader Tiger Woods, who slipped to six shots off the lead with a three-over round of 75.

Woods was unable to recapture Friday’s excellent form and now trails home favourite John Senden.

Senden shot an excellent 63 and is currently on 12-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of his compatriot Jason Day.

“I played the par-fives awful and I made nothing,” said Woods, now on six-under for the tournament.

“I got off to an awful start. On the first nine, the greens were way firmer and I played more break and left everything on the high side. Then I made a concerted effort on the back nine to hit low lines and left everything low.

“There are a few easy holes you need to take care of and I didn’t do that.”

Senden, on the other hand, enjoyed a blemish-free round that included an eagle at the sixth and seven birdies.

“I kicked off well with the birdie at five and holing at six and then tried to stay relaxed on the back nine,” said Senden, winner of the 2006 tournament.

“The course allows you to shape shots into the pins, the back nine especially gives you a chance – anything can happen on those par-fives.”

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