Masters: Tiger Woods just three off the lead despite slice of bad luck late in second round
Last Updated: 13/04/13 5:24pm
Tiger Woods remained in the hunt for a fifth Masters title despite faltering down the stretch in the second round at Augusta.
The world No 1 was tied for the lead with four holes to play after birdies at five, seven and eight took him to the turn in 33.
But after being forced to lay up at 15, he suffered huge misfortune when his pitch hit the flagstick on the full and his ball spun back into the water.
His second pitch dug in three feet from the pin to salvage a bogey-six, but he three-putted the final green after misjudging his approach as he returned a 71 to end the day three behind leader Jason Day.
On his bad break on 15, he said: "The sun was in my eyes, so I knew I started the ball on the flag. I didn't know if I cut it enough, but evidently it was a really good one.
"I went back to where I played it from, but I went two yards further back and I took, tried to take two yards off the shot of what I felt I hit.
"I felt that that was going to be the right decision to take off four right there. And I did, it worked out perfectly."
Despite his poor finish, Woods is still confident he will be in the mix on Sunday afternoon as he chases his first major victory since the 2008 US Open.
"I really swung the club well and didn't really get a lot out of this round," he added. "Granted, these conditions were tough. It was swirling all over the place.
"But there's a long way to go. We got 36 holes and this is a tricky test."