Career-best birdie binge brings Tiger four-stroke lead
MIAMI (AFP) - Tiger Woods fired seven birdies, the last of them a 16-footer at the final hole, on his way to seizing a four-stroke lead after 54 holes on Saturday at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship.
World No. 2 Woods, whose 24 birdies through the first three rounds is a personal best for any PGA event since he joined the US tour in 1996, fired a five-under-par 67 to match the day's low round and stand on 18-under-par 198.
"It's important to be playing well. This golf course is tricky," Woods said. "The downhill putts are unbelievable." Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, playing alongside Woods, eagled twice in the same round for the first time in his career on his way to a 69 that left him on 202 and partnered with Woods in the final round as well.
"Tiger was a tough guy. He played great," McDowell said. "I'm glad I gave myself a chance tomorrow." Woods, a 14-time major champion seeking his 76th career PGA victory, has won 49 times in 53 events where he has led entering the final round but he has never lost in that situation when leading by three strokes or more.