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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- After a blistering front-nine that saw Tiger Woods take a share of the lead, a dismal final nine holes left the World No. 2 five shots behind leaders Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus, likely leaving him simply fighting for a top-10 finish on Sunday at the CIMB Classic.

Woods was tied with Van Pelt at 14 under and in the lead about halfway through the round, but Woods would pick up three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back-nine to card a 2-under 69 to sit at 11 under overall.

Woods knows he will have a mountain of work to do on Sunday in his first appearance in Malaysia since 1999.

"I got to shoot a low one and hope for the best," said Woods, moments after his round. "I put myself so far back, that might not even do it."

Van Pelt flirted with a 59 before a double-bogey at the 18th sent him to a 9-under 62, which tied the course record set by Jeff Overton in 2011.

See how Tiger made the turn with a 5-under 30, and how it all came unfolded on the back-nine with our shot-by-shot Tiger Tracker . . .

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No. 18, Par 4, 447 yards

Well, Tiger is back to that five-shot deficit again after an incredibly sloppy bogey at the par-5 17th. That one will eat at Tiger.

Off the tee: Great drive at the final hole of the day, smacking a driver right up the gut of the fairway. A birdie here would put Tiger in striking distance, but there would be at least a half-dozen players between he and the lead on Sunday. That'd be a tall task.

Approach shot: Tiger's distance control on the back-nine has been suspect, and it bites him again, as he flies right over the flag and into the rough behind the green. Depending on the lie, it could be a tough up-and-down.

Around the green: Tiger chunks his chip out of the rough and leaves himself about 15 feet to save par. He tosses his club in disgust. If he doesn't hole the putt, he would have four bogeys and a double on the back-nine.

On the green: But he drains it to stay within five shots of the lead, but cards a 3-over 39 on the back side to leave himself a lot of work to do on Sunday.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (11 under for tournament)

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No. 17, Par 5, 523 yards

Now trailing by six shots, Tiger needs to be thinking birdie-birdie finish and hope to be on fire on Sunday.

Off the tee: Tiger misses the fairway with driver, but is in the short rough and should be able to get to the green with his second shot. Was yelling "Get down!" as soon as he made impact. Just overcooked it slightly.

Second shot: Tiger hacks a fairway metal out of the rough and finds more rough to the left of the green. He'll have a long pitch to the pin on the far right. Needs a birdie here.

Around the green: Tiger plays a terrific pitch to about 5 feet to the right of the hole. Very gutsy shot. Can cut his deficit to three shots with a make here.

On the green: But he can't convert, as it slides under the hole and then he misses the tap-in to pick up a bogey. Horrible three-putt there. Likely took him out of the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt misfires on a bunker shot to try and shoot 59, leaving himself off the green hitting his fourth shot. He picks up a double-bogey to finish his round to fire a 9-under 62 and finishes at 16 under overall, one shot clear of Chris Kirk. He ties the course record that was set by Jeff Overton last year.

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No. 16, Par 3, 185 yards

For the second time on the back nine, Tiger responds to dropping strokes with a birdie.

Off the tee: Tiger attacks the pin tucked on the left, but finds the bunker just beyond the hole. Will have little room to work with on his second shot. Was yelling for it to "Bite!" the whole way.

Around the green: Tiger does about as well as you could with this bunker shot, nearly holing out and it runs about 12 feet past. He needs this one, as he trails by five shots again.

On the green: Tiger puts the right pace on it, but misses left and picks up another bogey. He is now six back of Bo Van Pelt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt birdies the par-5 17th hole to move to 18 under overall and 11 under on his current round. With a birdie at No. 18, Van Pelt would shoot a 59.

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No. 15, Par 4, 292 yards

How quickly things change. With that double-bogey at the 14th, Tiger now has an uphill climb to get back into realistic contention heading into Sunday. An hour ago, Tiger was tied for the lead. Now he is five back after going bogey-birdie-double.

Off the tee: Tiger uses 3-wood and has to holler "Fore!" again, but it actually winds up ok, as he'll have a fairly straightforward chip. He was a bit dramatic with releasing the club after that. He is not as fluid as he was early in this round.

Around the green: While Tiger will be putting for birdie, his chip leaves a lot to be desired, as he has 20 feet left. The ball didn't hit far enough on the green to run out to the pin on the far right. His body language has definitely changed, more lethargic than the robotic he was on the front nine.

On the green: And that's why he is Tiger Woods, as he drains the putt for a birdie, which is his seventh of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Chris Kirk polishes off an 8-under 63 to get into the clubhouse at 15 under, currently alone in second place.

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No. 14, Par 3, 194 yards

Nice comeback from Tiger there at the 13th hole, but still has work to do being down by two shots headed into his final five holes.

Off the tee: Well, that wasn't what Tiger was looking for. He hits just short of the green and it runs all the way down the hill and into the water. He can't believe his eyes.

Third shot: Tiger still has a chance to save bogey, but chunks the chip and leaves himself 30 feet to save bogey. Very poor shot there.

On the green: Tiger's bogey attempt runs past the hole and leaves himself 4 feet for double. He is back to trailing by five shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt picks up his 10th birdie of the day at the par-3 16th and moves to 17 under overall. Chris Kirk birdies the par-5 17th hole to get to 15 under and is alone in second place.

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No. 13, Par 4, 422 yards

That's two disappointing holes in a row for Tiger, who falls three shots back of Bo Van Pelt. Tiger does enter a stretch of birdie holes, but Van Pelt is playing the same ones.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a stinger 5-wood and finds the left side of the fairway. First solid swing in a couple of holes.

Approach shot: Tiger plays a nice second shot, hitting a low-liner that settles about 20 feet under the hole.

On the green: Great response to his only bogey of the day, as he drains the birdie putt to get back to 14 under. Big putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt lips out for a birdie at No. 15 and stays at 16 under. The "59 watch" is likely over for Van Pelt, who would have to birdie out to fire the magical number.

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No. 12, Par 4, 476 yards

Tiger now trails Bo Van Pelt by two strokes, tied with Chris Kirk at 14 under. Robert Garrigus has fallen back to 13 under with a bogey at No. 9.

Off the tee: Tiger misses his first fairway of the day here, pushing his tee ball to the right and into some long rough. He might have a hard time getting to the green with his approach.

Approach shot: Tiger leaves his second shot short of the green, but was fortunate not to have tree-root problems with his tee ball. Somewhat tough, shortsided chip upcoming.

Around the green: Tiger nearly holes another chip, running over the left edge and coming to rest about 5 feet past the hole.

On the green: Tiger hits a poor putt and it slides by on the right and he picks up his first bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (13 under for tournament)

TIGER ON THE DAY: (under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt's birdie streak ends at the 13th hole, but he still two-putts for par and stays at 16 under. Robert Garrigus moves back to 14 under with a birdie at No. 10.

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No. 11, Par 5, 557 yards

Tiger moves to the second par 5 on the course, and one that he has birdied twice, including a close call for an eagle on Friday.

Off the tee: For the second time today, Tiger stops in the middle of his backswing because of noise. Using driver, he finds the right side of the fairway after using some body english in hopes that it would kick a little left, which it does. Should have the green light with his second shot.

Second shot: With fairway metal, Tiger goes well right of the green, causing a couple of "Fore!" calls. It hits the cart path and comes to rest in the rough. Will be a tough up-and-down for birdie. First lousy swing of the day by Woods.

Third shot: Tiger chooses not to take a drop despite being right next to the cart path, as he would have had to drop to the right and been blocked by a tree. He hits a nice chip to about 12 feet past the hole. With Van Pelt playing so well, Tiger needs to get this one to make sure he stays in striking distance.

On the green: Tiger can't get it to drop, and picks up a par on a par 5 for the first time this week. Considering his second shot, a par was about all he could realistically expect.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt is in a zone, picking up his fifth consecutive birdie at the par-4 12th hole to move to 16 under overall and 9 under on his round. Robert Garrigus moves back to even on his round with a birdie at No. 8 and gets back to 14 under overall. Nick Watney is starting to make some noise, moving to 12 under overall with a birdie at No. 15. Watney is 6 under on this round.

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No. 10, Par 4, 454 yards

Tiger moves to the back nine, where is 7 under for the week. The galleries are major-like deep around Tiger's group, easily 12 to 15 deep up and down the fairway.

Off the tee: A low stinger with an iron here and he finds the left side of the fairway. He is 8-for-8 in fairways hit on Saturday.

Approach shot: After laying well back, Tiger attacks the front pin and lands on the fringe, where he'll have about 20 feet for a birdie. Took a chance by going at the pin instead of behind it.

Around the green: The ball has eyes for the hole, but cuts just under at the last second and he settle for a par. He thought he had that one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt has taken the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 11th, nearly holing an eagle chip. He has birdied four consecutive holes and is 8 under thru 11 holes on the day.

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No. 9, Par 4, 451 yards

Both Tiger Woods (5 under thru 8) and Bo Van Pelt (7 under thru 10) are putting on an absolute show right now, and they hold a one-shot lead over Jbe Kruger, Robert Garrigus and Chris Kirk.

Off the tee: Tiger needs no more than long iron playing the severe downhill par 4 and puts it right in the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger takes an aggressive line and he yells at it to "Bite! Bite! Bite!" and it listens, sitting about 20 feet past the hole. Good look at another birdie here.

On the green: Almost gets another to drop, but it finishes one revolution short and he settles for a par to make the turn with a 5-under 30 and in a tie for the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt has joined Tiger Woods at 14 under with a birdie at No. 10. Van Pelt is 7 under thru 10 holes going to the par-5 11th.

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No. 8, Par 4, 411 yards

Tiger now enters two holes he has played at 2 over the first two days, with bogeys on both coming during Round 1.

Off the tee: Tiger finds another fairway - he is 6-of-6 on Saturday - and will be able to attack front pin.

Approach shot: Tiger will have another great look at birdie after a nice second shot that settles 6 feet under the hole.

On the green: And we have a new outright leader after another birdie from Tiger. Ball was in the center of the cup the whole way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (14 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Defending champion Bo Van Pelt birdies No. 9 to move to 13 under after a 6-under 29 on his front nine. Robert Garrigus also gets back to 13 under with a birdie at No. 5. Jeff Overton has moved to 12 under with a birdie at No. 8. Overton is 4 under on the day. There are four players at 12 under (one off the lead) and five more at 11 under.

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No. 7, Par 3, 190 yards

The par-3 7th has already seen an ace today - courtesy of Jason Dufner - and Tiger will attack it at about 200 yards with the pin in the back.

Off the tee: Tiger gets it back there, but will have about 25 feet from the left for another birdie.

On the green: Doesn't read this one correctly, sending it about 4 feet past on the left. Didn't see the right-to-left break in that putt, or at least not enough. He makes the slick comebacker to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (13 under for tournament)

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No. 6, Par 4, 371 yards

Tiger started the round five off the lead, but with three birdies through five holes, Tiger was momentarily in a four-way tie for the top spot on the leaderboard. Jbe Kruger birdied No. 3 to move to 13 under to take the outright lead.

Off the tee: Tiger uses long iron and finds the middle of the fairway. He has yet to miss a fairway on Saturday.

Approach shot: Another fantastic second shot here, landing and sticking it about 6 feet behind the hole.

On the green: Another one. With the birdie, Tiger is back in a tie for the lead at 13 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Chris Kirk has moved to 12 under after a birdie at No. 9. He fired a 5-under 30 on his front nine. Jason Dufner ends his day at 9 under after a 7-under 64.

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No. 5, Par 4, 460 yards

Things are getting bunched up at the top of the leaderboard with Robert Garrigus starting bogey-bogey to fall back into a tie for the lead with Jbe Kruger. Tiger is tied with five others one shot back.

Off the tee: With fairway wood in hand, Tiger hits the fairway, but popped it up and is well back. Nearly loses grip on the club after impact. Just pulled up there.

Approach shot: Incredible second shot sticks to about 10 feet right of the hole. It's almost like he planned it this way.

On the green: Another one drops for Tiger here and he is tied for the lead. That is three consecutive days with a birdie at No. 5.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: There are 13 players within two shots of the current lead, which is just over 25 percent of the 48-man field. Of the top 21 players, 16 are from the U.S.

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No. 4, Par 4, 475 yards

Best opening three holes for Tiger this week and he has moved to within two shots of the lead. Tiger revisits the hole that saw him find the woods on the right and the hazard greenside on Friday.

Off the tee: Using driver again, Tiger stops in the middle of his backswing because of a photographer being overzealous with the trigger finger. He collects himself and hammers it into the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger goes a bit deep here with a wedge, sending it about 20 feet past the flag. Will have a downhill putt for birdie.

On the green: Has to be delicate with this one and leaves it about a foot short on the right side and taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Robert Garrigus takes a chance off the tee at No. 1 and falters, picking up bogey to fall back to 13 under.

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No. 3, Par 5, 527 yards

There are plenty of players going low around him, so Tiger needs to take advantage of the par-5s, as he has done the first two days. He has birdied all three of them on both days.

Off the tee: Big stick here and he plays a nice hook into the middle of the fairway. Despite wet conditions, got a huge kick in the fairway. Will definitely attack with his second shot.

Second shot: Tiger is aggressive in going after the pin that is tucked on the middle-left, but carries it a bit wide and he'll be chipping to the hole.

Around the green: Facing a tough chip, Tiger opens up the club face and puts it about 8 feet to the right of the cup.

On the green: Buries it. Again very calmly and he just simply walked it in. Nice up-and-down there from Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jeff Overton is 3 under thru three holes, picking up birdie at the par-5 3rd to move to 11 under and three back of Robert Garrigus. Gaganjeet Bhullar has also moved to 11 under with a birdie at the par-5 11th. He is 6 under on his round.

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No. 2, Par 3, 170 yards

That was the first time Tiger took advantage of the short opening hole and moves to another hole he has yet to birdie this week.

Off the tee: Tiger puts a great swing on it, landing just past pin-high, but gets a bit unlucky as it runs about 20 feet past the hole. Still another look at birdie.

On the green: Perfect pace, but slightly offline with his birdie putt and he taps in for a par. Six inches from starting birdie-birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Johnson Wagner is playing out of his mind right now, moving to 7 under on the day and 10 under for the tournament with another birdie at No. 11. He'd need five more birdies over his final seven holes, but we shouldn't talk about that, should we? Chris Kirk is also playing well, birdieing four of his first five holes to get to 11 under. Meanwhile, Martin Laird birdies No. 5 to get to 10 under.

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No. 1, Par 4, 363 yards

Tiger is wearing a dark pink top with black slacks, white belt, white hat and white shoes. It's steamy again in Kuala Lumpur, and it is lift, clean and replace after another night of rain.

Off the tee: Tiger takes iron off the tee for the third consecutive day and just calmly places it in the middle of the fairway. Very comfortable.

Approach shot: Tiger takes aim at the flagstick on the front right, but comes up a bit short and spins back onto the fringe. About 15 feet for birdie. He was expecting a better result there.

Around the green: And he drains it. Very nice putt there from Tiger. Smooth swing and dead in the middle of the hole. Tiger moves into double digits.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jeff Overton started his round with an eagle, holing out from the middle of the fairway to get to 10 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Jason Dufner is on fire, moving to 6 under thru 12 holes and 8 under overall. Dufner had an ace at the par-3 7th hole and has birdied his last two holes. There are two other players that are 6 under on their rounds, with Johnson Wagner and Scott Piercy both playing well too. Wagner is at 9 under overall, while Piercy is 5 under. Defending champion Bo Van Pelt starts birdie-birdie to move to 9 under.

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Update #1: 10:03 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner has made Saturday's biggest move thus far, going 5 under thru 8 holes to get to 8 under overall. Jason Dufner has the shot of the day, picking up an ace at the par-3 7th hole. Dufner is 4 under on his round (thru 10 holes) and 6 under for the tournament.

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