Date: August 16, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Tiger two shots clear

Padraig Harrington turned the US PGA Championship into a contest again but a bogey at the last left Tiger Woods with a two-shot lead heading into Sunday&aposs final round at Hazeltine National. Woods got his third round under way at seven-under-par in the knowledge he had not lost the eight major championships he had led at the halfway stage and with a four-shot overnight lead the world No.1 had threatened to turn the final major of the year into a procession. Defending champion Harrington had reeled in Woods&apos lead as the final groups neared the clubhouse, but having been caught, the 14-time major winner was sparked out of a nine-hole run of pars with a birdie at the 14th. Then Harrington bogeyed the 18th for a third-round, three-under-par 69 and Woods returned to grind mode and parred his way home for a one-under 71, at eight-under a stroke ahead of the Irishman and South Korea&aposs YE Yang, his 67 the low score of the day. Henrik Stenson of Sweden and US Open champion Lucas Glover will start the final round at four-under after rounds of 68 and 71 respectively with Denmark&aposs Soren Kjeldsen and Ernie Els of South Africa at three-under, both having shot 70s. Australian Brendan Jones kept in touch with the leaders following a one-over 73 that leaves him in a share of eighth place at two-under overall. Robert Allenby could only manage a three-over 75 to fall into a tie for 39th place. “I was just trying to be very patient out there,” Woods said of his work on Saturday, known as &aposmoving day&apos in golfing parlance. “The golf was playing a little more difficult and I had the lead so I played conservatively.” “I didn&apost give myself a lot of looks and the one putt I missed was the three-putt (at the fourth) so other than that it was a really good, solid day.” Harrington was left a little deflated after his closing bogey. “It was a little disappointing,” he said. “Sometimes when you get off to a shaky start and make a few pars you do feel better for it.” “Then I did start playing well and I holed a few putts and I was feeling good about things.” “Then at the end I got a flyer out of the rough and it was a disappointing way to finish.” Harrington had started the day as part of a five-man group four shots behind Woods that also included Glover, England&aposs Ross Fisher, Jones and two-time winner Vijay Singh. Glover birdied the par-four second to close the gap before 14-time major winner Woods, chasing a third victory in as many weeks and his sixth of the year, also birdied the hole to return his lead to four shots. It was short-lived, though, as Woods bogeyed the first par-three at the fourth and Lee Westwood moved within three after birdies at the second and seventh, only to then double bogey the par-three eighth and fall back to two-under. Yang also got to four-under having started at one-under and Harrington was the next to get there, the Irishman sinking a birdie at the seventh, putting from eight feet and then another at the eighth, from 18 feet, to move to five-under. Glover joined Harrington with a birdie at the seventh and Singh, having bogeyed the sixth, made his first move in the right direction with an eagle three on the seventh, chipping in from the fringe as Woods worked hard to save par for the third hole in a row. Glover misfired for the first time at the 10th, short-siding himself in a greenside bunker and taking bogey to go to four-under as Els chipped in for birdie at the 12th to take his place at five-under, while playing partner Kjeldsen bogeyed to slip to four-under. Harrington continued his pursuit of Woods, a 10-foot birdie putt at the 11th cutting the lead to one stroke. Having saved par brilliantly at the par-three 13th after sticking his tee shot into greenside rough, Harrington tied the lead at seven-under with Woods with a birdie at the 14th, putting from 12 feet. Els, like Harrington a three-time major winner, moved to six-under at the par-five 15th as did Yang with a birdie at the par-four 16th. Els, though, finished poorly, three bogeys in a row while Kjeldsen finished bogey, par, bogey. Fisher, playing with Harrington, bogeyed the third and the fifth holes before his first birdie of the day came at the seventh. Another bogey at the 10th followed but the Englishman rebounded with birdies at 15 and 16 only to bogey the last for a 73, two-under for the week. Spain&aposs Alvaro Quiros made amends for a second-round 76 with a second 69 of the week to return to two-under while Germany&aposs Martin Kaymer joined him after a 71.