Date: May 03, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Woods stumbles, Johnson leads

Tiger Woods dropped two shots in the last three holes for the second day in succession to lie two off the lead in the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte. Woods bogeyed the 17th and 18th just before play was suspended due to the threat of lightning with only four players left on the course. The world No.1 carded a third round of 70 to finish nine under par, two shots behind leader Zach Johnson. Former Masters champion Johnson was 11 under and playing the 18th when play was suspended, with playing partner George McNeill 10 under but facing a battle to save par after finding a fairway bunker off the tee. Geoff Ogilvy heads the Australian contingent on four-under while New Zealand teenager Danny Lee is five shots off the pace at six-under. Lee, who won the Johnnie Walker Classic while still an amateur earlier this year, unfortunately matched Woods&apos finish in only his second tournament as a professional after joining the paid ranks following his US Masters debut in April. The 18-year-old picked up four birdies in his first eight holes and added another at the par-five 15th before dropping shots at 17 and 18. “I hit the ball better today but to bogey the last two holes with two seven irons is not the way you want to finish,” Woods said. “But I have a shot going into tomorrow. I hit some good shots on the back nine which was nice to feel.” “We&aposll see what the weather holds tomorrow and how much rain we get. These greens are getting really, really dicey.” Woods began the day one off the pace and was two behind at the turn after three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. Birdies at the 10th, 12th and 15th gave the American a share of the lead before another disappointing finish left him with work to do. Johnson had earlier recovered from two early bogeys with a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth, and three more birdies on the back nine gave him the outright lead. After a delay of a little over an hour, the final two groups, including Johnson and McNeill, were able to complete their rounds, with McNeill joining Woods and Lucas Glover two off the lead. Quail Hollow Championship After Round 3 -11: Zach Johnson 70 67 68 -9: Lucas Glover 68 71 68, Tiger Woods 65 72 70, George McNeill 69 68 70 -8: Brendon de Jonge 72 69 67, Sean O Hair 69 72 67, Bubba Watson 71 65 72, Retief Goosen 68 68 72 -7: Y E Yang 72 71 66, David Toms 71 71 67, Ross Fisher 73 67 69, Davis Love III 70 69 70, Jason Dufner 67 71 71 -6: Martin Kaymer 71 70 69, Danny Lee (New Zealand) 71 69 70, Jeff Klauk 69 71 70, Jim Furyk 71 66 73 -5: Nick Watney 71 71 69, Fredrik Jacobson 71 70 70, Ian Poulter 71 70 70, Bo Van Pelt 69 71 71, Charles Warren 69 71 71, Bill Haas 69 71 71, Ted Purdy 70 69 72 Also: -4: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 71 73 68 E: Matthew Goggin (Australia) 71 71 74, John Senden (Australia) 71 72 73 +2: Robert Allenby (Australia) 67 74 77 +6: Aron Price (Australia) 71 73 78