What they said at the Masters - Third Round

7:41 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods never thought about disqualifying himself from the 77th Masters, but accepted the 2-stroke penalty he was given for an improper drop on Friday.

"No, because under the rules of golf that's not ... I'm abiding by the rules. They made the determination that nothing had happened yesterday," Woods said when asked about disqualifying himself. "After what I had said, things changed and they called me in this morning and I got a 2-stroke penalty."

On Friday, Woods dropped on No. 15 after his third shot caromed off the flagstick and into the water fronting the green. He should have dropped as close as possible to his original spot, but dropped a couple feet behind that spot.

"I made a mistake and under the rules of golf I took an improper drop, and got the penalty," Woods stated.

Without the penalty, Woods would have been two strokes off the lead. Instead, he'll start the final round four back. He has never come from behind to win a major when trailing after 54 holes.

Here's what other players were saying after the third round of the 77th Masters:

- MATT KUCHAR, tied for third last year and hopes to use that experience going into Sunday's final round, where he will start the day alone in sixth place; "Last year was my first real time being in contention going late into Sunday. It's kind of what we all play golf for, having a chance at a major championship, having a chance at the Masters tournament, it's exciting. I've not quite had the feelings anywhere else that I did when I made the eagle on 15 last year and got right in contention."

- RORY MCILROY, coughed up the lead in 2011 and tumbled into a share of 15th place. That was his best finish at this championship, and he is clearly frustrated at how he is playing; "I don't know what I'm going to do. I feel like I played smart enough. I mean, I'm playing it the way you should play it. I'm not taking too much on, I'm not being too defensive. I feel like my strategy's right, it's just sometimes if your execution is just that little bit off you pay a big price for it."

- RICKIE FOWLER, will enter the final round tied for ninth. In his first two appearances at the Masters, his best previous finish was a share of 27th; "You can end up in some funky spots around here. It's just golf, a bad swing at the wrong time. I played a little bit better. A little less stressful."

- TIM CLARK, fired a 67 for the low round of the day and the second-best round of the week. Though he took second in 2006, Clark had missed the cut in four of his last five starts at the Masters; "It was gettable for me today being firmer. The front nine, the greens are somewhat receptive, so I was able to get some birdies early and sort of try and hang on. If you watched me yesterday, I think I missed 10 putts inside eight feet. I don't believe it's that much of a putting contest out there. I mean, you've got to hit the ball so good around here, and particularly control your irons. That's all I really did today."

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