British Open 2010: Woods 12 Shots Adrift After 3 Rounds

World no.1 Tiger Woods will need nothing short of a miracle to win his third British Open title at the famed Old Course and fourth overall, as he could manage only a 1-over 73 in the third round on Saturday, leaving him 12 shots off solo leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

It was the second-straight 73 after an opening-round 67 for Woods, who won the British Open the last time it was played at St. Andrews in 2005. Woods hit fairly well off the tee but his putter betrayed him on a day when he needed to make his move to remain in contention heading into the final day. Woods had several chances, four to be exact, to get an eagle, but he bungled all of them, typifying his struggle over the last two days.

Taking the spotlight heading into the final round is Oosthuizen, who is one of only two players to shoot at least a 69 in all three rounds. The relatively unknown South African fired a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a 15-under 201 and a four-stroke lead over Paul Casey, who signed for a 67 after two-straight 69s.