All wrong for Woods

Pre-tournament favourite is as good as out of it, says Monty

Last Updated: 07/04/12 2:27pm

Tiger Woods' hopes of securing a fifth Masters are all but over, according to Colin Montgomerie.

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"Woods hasn't been able to take the changes that we've seen on the range and in the practice rounds into the tournament."

Butch Harmon

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Woods will start round three tied for 40th place after carding an erratic 75 on Friday that leaves him eight shots behind co-leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner. Freddie rolls back the years.

One of the lowest points of the former world No 1's round came at the par-three 16th, where Woods threw his nine-iron away in disgust after pushing his tee shot into a bunker.

Sky Sports expert Montgomerie believes the American's obvious displeasure is indicative of his victory hopes.

"I think we are a long, long way from saying that Tiger Woods is going to win this Masters, to be honest," said Europe's former Ryder Cup captain.

"I think there are plenty of other players who are playing an awful lot better, with an awful lot more confidence than Tiger Woods right now.

"We've got our own Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, who are right there in prime position, one shot off the lead, and two players you wouldn't think would be leading - Jason Dufner and the great Freddie Couples.

"To have the best round of the day at 52 years old is terrific but really what we are looking at is McIlroy and Westwood that are really competing for this Masters and Tiger Woods is a long, long way from that."

Mechanical

Woods won his first PGA Tour event in two-and-a-half years at March's Arnold Palmer Invitational after making extensive changes to the swing that has brought him 14 major victories.

The alterations, made under coach Sean Foley, elevated Woods to favourite-status before the tournament began.

But Sky Sports pundit Butch Harmon, Woods' former coach, said that Foley has more work to do than ever if he is to mount a Masters charge.

"He [Foley] is going to have to have the answers, that's for sure," said Harmon. "He would have watched the broadcast or would have been out there.

"He would have seen what went on; he knows what they are trying to do and obviously Woods wasn't able to do it on the course, so they'll have to go to the tee tonight that is right behind us or tomorrow morning to do a little longer warm up.

"But I think the whole thing is, he hasn't been able to take the changes that we've seen on the range and in the practice rounds into the tournament.

"We still see too many double-crosses; that tells me as an instructor that he doesn't feel comfortable and also he is trying to swing way too mechanically."