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Early Saturday at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Just returned from the obligatory check-in with Tiger. Thought he was on to something when he made a 10-footer for birdie on No. 3 and had a relative tap-in for 2 on the par-3 fourth. The snag came on the par-3 sixth, when Woods left it on the front fridge and elected to putt to the sloping, uphill pin from some 50 feet away. He left it 10 feet right, missed the par putt and slid to 1-under for the day and 2-over for the tournament. Then he bogied No. 9 and is right back where he started.

Most startling this week has been his play on the par-5s. He's made just one birdie, that at No. 8 on Thursday. This from someone who entered 133-under on the par 5s since he began playing the Masters in 1995. If he'd birdied half of them to this point he'd be lurking.

No one's made a big move at this point. Sang-Moon Bae, Geoff Ogilvy and Brandt Snedeker are all 2-under and still playing the front side. It's just less than two hours until the leaders tee off.

-- Bob DiCesare

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