Tiger Woods stumbles at British Open

Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green after chipping in from a bunker to make birdie during the...

Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green after chipping in from a bunker to make birdie during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, northern England July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, ENGLAND - Tiger Woods is in a five-shot hole.

It will be interesting to see if he goes to a bigger shovel to get out of it Sunday in the final round of the British Open.

Woods trails leader Adam Scott by five shots after an even-par 70 in which he only slightly modified his conservative game plan for Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Woods has had some battles controlling his driver and has opted to leave it in the bag, but for a couple of holes. He has been giving up some yards and oppportunities, particularly on the par-5s, to Scott.

The Aussie has been pumping his driver all week and is 6-under on the par-5s to lead the field.

Woods is just 1-under on the par-5s this week and there’s the difference in their standing.

Scott is averaging 319.8 yards a drive and Woods just 277.3 yards.

When asked if there was any frustration in not exploiting the par-5s better, Woods said: “Yeah, just one of those things, you know? I buried a couple and made one mistake there. There are plenty of opportunities out there besides the par-5s. I’ve had a bunch of 9-irons on down into some of these flags and those are the holes you also have to birdie, as well.”

It’s been wet all week and Woods said he figured he got what he deserved out of his third round Saturday.

That turned out to be treading water.

Woods had an even-par 70 as he spent most of Saturday trying to come back from two bogeys in his opening three holes. Woods said he took some good out of battling back to return to even par, but faces a tall order Sunday.

“Well, I turned it around. I got off to an awful start and battled back and got myself right back in the mix again going into tomorrow, and I’m right there,” he said. “It is what it is. I’m five back, so Adam is in a great spot right now. He’s got a four-shot lead and he’s playing really well. He’s going for his first major title. So he’s in a very good spot.”

The forecast has been for the wind, which has been pretty much absent all week, to kick up Sunday, but Woods is skeptical about the weather forecasts.

“Whatever happens, happens. I’ve just got to go out there and execute my game plan. I know we can’t rely on the weather forecasts around here. They’ve been wrong all week,” he said.

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