Woods withers while Rose blooms


Justin Rose shot 3-under on the front nine Saturday to climb two within two shots of the co-leaders at the Masters.


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Remember that fast start for Tiger? Meet Saturday, same as Friday.

The early 2-under Tiger Woods posted Saturday morning went away as quickly as it happened. After making birdies on Nos. 3 and 4, Woods then bogied Nos. 7 and 9 to return to even-par for the day and 3-over for the tournament. He stood pat on moving day.

To go along with his rough ball striking, he continues to founder on the par 5s, again parring all four Saturday. That's 10 straight pars on par 5s for Woods that the field here this weekend played 197-strokes under par in the first two days. Birdies are available on the course, especially today.

But as Woods falters, Justin Rose is starting to bloom.

The 31-year old went out with a 3-under front nine to climb to within two of co-leaders Jason Dufner and Fred Couples. Rose birdies Nos. 6, 7 and 8 after starting his day at even-par for the tournament.

Brandt Snedeker is also 3-under through 14. Ian Poulter is now 2-under par and 2-under for his round with four birdies through seven holes. Adam Scott and amateur Hideki Matsuyama are both 2-under in the third round and 1-under for the tournament.