Woodland one-shot ahead at World
Challenge, Woods lurks
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[December 07, 2019]
(Reuters) - U.S. Open champion
Gary Woodland birdied the final two holes for a one-shot lead after
the Hero World Challenge third round in the Bahamas on Friday as
tournament host Tiger Woods lurked two shots behind.
American Woodland fired a wedge shot to within 18 inches of the cup
at the final hole to cap off a four-under-par 68 at Albany Golf Club
on the island of New Providence.
At 13-under 203, he goes into Saturday's final round ahead of Swede
Henrik Stenson (68), whose lead evaporated with a bogey at the last
that spoiled an otherwise flawless performance.
Woods birdied the last for a 67, joining fellow American Justin
Thomas and Spain's defending champion Jon Rahm on two back.
Halfway leader Patrick Reed received a two-stroke penalty after
brushing the sand twice with his club on practice swings in a sandy
waste area at the 11th hole, which effectively improved his lie.
He was penalised for violating the rule that governs "removing or
pressing down sand or loose soil".
With the penalty strokes, Reed shot 74 and slipped three shots off
Leader Woodland was certainly not counting any chickens with such a
talented group poised close behind.
"Looking forward to next week but we've got a big day ahead of us
tomorrow," he said, referring to the upcoming Presidents Cup, where
he will be part of the American team to take on the Internationals
"It was a nice finish. I played well today. Excited about where I'm
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Woods made his move with a score that matched the day's best, but he
lamented leaving some meat on the proverbial bone.
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Gary Woodland of the U.S. in action during the first round
"I know I shot 67 but I left a few out there," he said.
"I missed a bunch of putts. In order to win tomorrow I'll need to
make my share."
If Woods wins it will be back-to-back victories after last month's
Zozo Championship in Japan, where he matched Sam Snead's record of
82 career PGA Tour victories.
"My swing feels good since I came back from my little knee
procedure," he said, referring to an August surgery.
"I just need to make a few more putts."
Second-placed Stenson hit a series of superb iron shots reminiscent
of the form he displayed to win the 2016 British Open in a
head-to-head duel with Phil Mickelson.
The Swede said he was not quite firing on all cylinders, but was
seeing some positive signs.
"It's definitely been a big step forward," he said. "I'm happy with
"Still not 100% confident in it but I've hit a lot of good iron
shots again and kept the ball in play most of the week.
"To finish with a bogey always stinks a bit but all in all another
good day out there."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken
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