Date: September 16, 2007

Ogilvy fires 62 but Tiger still poised for victory

Tiger Woods shot a six-under-par 64 in the third round of the Tour Championship on Saturday, but it was not good enough to increase his lead. Woods ended the day as he started it, with a three-stroke advantage, seemingly on track for his fourth victory in his past five starts. Hopes for an Australian victory are slim, with Geoff Ogilvy the best placed – nine shots off the pace on 10-under after a brilliant round of 62. Even though his putter rarely warmed up – he missed a seven-foot birdie chance at the final hole – Woods carded seven birdies in ideal scoring conditions at East Lake, on a day when the field averaged less than 68 strokes. Woods posted a 19-under 191 total, with Calcavecchia (63) alone on 16-under, and Spaniard Sergio Garcia (64) another two shots back in third place. Masters champion Zach Johnson smashed the course record by two strokes, flirting with 59 before becoming the 20th player in US PGA Tour history to shoot 60. But he still trailed by six shots. Open champion Padraig Harrington (67) made a slow start to disappear from the leaderboard, before improving on the back nine to end the day nine shots back. Woods not only remained in control of the tournament, but is also certain to win the FedEx Cup play-off series, therefore adding $US10million to his already-overflowing retirement fund. He came into the Tour Championship leading the points list. The only two players who could realistically pass him, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson, are out of contention. Calcavecchia briefly tied for the lead with an eagle at the par-five 15th, but Woods, playing behind, birdied the same hole to go back in front, and gained two more shots when he also birdied the 16th, while Calcavecchia bogeyed it. “I&aposve got to beat him by four tomorrow,” Calcavecchia said. “It&aposs not likely.” Third Round of The Tour Championship (par 70) -19 Tiger Woods 64 63 64 -16 Mark Calcavecchia 65 66 63 -14 Sergio Garcia 68 64 64 -13 Zach Johnson 71 66 60 -12 Hunter Mahan 65 68 65 -11 Woody Austin 65 65 69 -10 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 68 70 62, Padraig Harrington 63 70 67 -9 Vijay Singh 68 68 65, Scott Verplank 66 68 67, Tim Clark 62 69 70 -8 Adam Scott (Australia) 65 66 71 Also: -3 Robert Allenby (Australia) 68 71 68, Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 69 70 68