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Tiger's winless streak set to continue; McDowell in Singapore hunt

Woods often cut a forlorn figure in soggy conditions at the Australian Masters.
Woods often cut a forlorn figure in soggy conditions at the Australian Masters.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tiger Woods continues to struggle in his defense of Australian Masters title
  • Former world No.1 cards a level-par 71 to trail leader Adam Bland by 10 shots
  • Adam Scott leads the Singapore Open by a shot from Ian Poulter and Kang Kyung-Nam
  • Graeme McDowell a further shot back in his bid to take over lead in Race to Dubai

(CNN) -- Tiger Woods will need to be at his miraculous best to successfully defend his Australian Masters title after a disappointing third round par-71 in Melbourne.

It left him fully 10 shots behind home hope Adam Bland as the American and the other big names struggled to make an impression in wet conditions.

Bland is on 11-under 202 with compatriot Daniel Gaunt his nearest challenger, three shots behind, and Andre Stolz third on seven-under.

Woods mixed three birdies with three bogeys and is set to continue his winless run in 2010.

"I didn't putt very good today and I struggled all day again so that's why I'm even par," Woods told AFP.

Unfortunately I'm so far back that even with a low score I still need help from the leaders
--Tiger Woods
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"I just didn't make any putts and you have to make putts.

"I need a low one tomorrow but unfortunately I'm so far back that even with a low score I still need help from the leaders," he added.

Woods, who lost his No.1 ranking to Lee Westwood earlier this month, last won in Australia before his very public fall from grace.

There was a third round disappointment for former world number two Sergio Garcia, who dropped to joint 26th after a six-over par 77 to follow his six-under 65 on Friday.

Meanwhile, Australia's Adam Scott has a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Singapore Open after a two-under-par 69 for 14-under 199.

Defending champion Ian Poulter of England and South Korea's Kang Kyung-Nam are his nearest challengers at the Sentosa Golf Club.

But much of the attention has focused on U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who is a further shot behind on 201 after a 68.

McDowell can take over the lead in the European Tour's Race to Dubai from Germany's Martin Kaymer if he wins on Sunday.