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Woods makes his move


  • Woods matched the course record on Saturday
  • Woods is 11-0 in the majors when he has at least a share of the lead after 54 holes

    Medinah (U.S.A.): Daniel Chopra, playing his maiden major, had a disastrous back nine of five-over 41 and dropped out of contention for a top-10 finish after the third round of the U.S. PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club on Saturday.

    Chopra, whose form suggested big possibilities after a sizzling round of five-under 67 in second round, went four-over 76 for the third and slipped to tied 40th after being tied 12th overnight. Chopra is now just one-under for three days.

    Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, starting with a 3-iron over the water on the longest par 3 and ending with a 9-iron out of a sand-filled divot to 3 feet, ran off three straight birdies and matched the course record with a 7-under 65 to share the lead with Luke Donald.

    Donald, trying to end 76 years of European frustration at the PGA Championship, has never been in this position before.

    Awesome record

    Woods has. The world's No. 1 player is 11-0 in the majors when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead, and he is 36-3 in all PGA Tour events. Woods had to work hard to get there on another day when making par meant going backward.

    Woods took the lead for the first time with his third straight birdie at No. 15, ended 50 holes without a bogey on a three-putt at the next hole, then climbed back with a 7-iron to 12 feet on the scary 17th.

    He and Donald were at 14-under 202, tying the 54-hole record at this major in relation to par. David Toms was at 14-under 196 through three rounds when he won the PGA in Atlanta five years ago.

    Ten players were tied for the lead at one point. It looked like it might be a one-man show until Donald hit his tee shot on the 17th into 4 feet for birdie to catch Woods.

    Plenty of company

    They still have plenty of company, and some of those faces are familiar.

    "There's still a bunch of guys. Basically, 9 to 14 (under) all have a chance to win," said Woods said.

    Chopra, who was playing with Spaniard Sergio Garcia, had raised visions of a great finish with his 67 on the second day.

    That vision remained intact with a one-under 35 on the front nine. Then he shot a double bogey and three bogeys for a 41 and went out of contention.

    Chopra also had a double bogey on front nine, but three birdies saved him. Overall, he had three birdies, two double bogeys and three bogeys during the round.

    The scores (after three rounds): 202: Tiger Woods (69-68-65), Luke Donald (68-68-66); 204: Mike Weir (72-67-65); 205: Geoff Ogilvy (69-68-68); 206: Sergio Garcia (69-70-67), Shaun Micheel (69-70-67); 207: K.J. Choi 73-67-67. — Agencies

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