Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/12/11
The old Tiger is gone. The old Tiger would've taken the Australian Open by the scruff of the neck, brushed off wayward third-round swings with breathtaking recoveries, monstered the par fives and holed the clutch putts. Despite not having his A game, he'd have found a way to keep his name near the top of the leaderboard going into Sunday's final round at The Lakes. But the old Tiger is gone. The new Tiger has no magic in him. On days like this, he's all alter-ego, no superhero; awkward, tentative, unsure of himself. He can't save par from the trees, butchers the most straightforward of par-fives and, most distressingly, can't coax the easiest of putts into the hole. The new Tiger allowed the promise of the first two rounds -- after which he held the lead -- to blow away in the nor'westers that whipped Sydney's coast Saturday. Woods shot a three-over 75, beating only eight players in the field, on a day when all the contenders put up red numbers. On a day when John Senden, th...
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