Woods Falls 5 Shots Behind Lead at HSBC

Friday, November 10th 2006, 8:22 pm
By: News On 6

SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Tiger Woods bogeyed the last two holes to slip five shots behind leader Retief Goosen going into the final round of the HSBC Champions tournament.

Woods, who started Saturday at 8 under after firing a course record-tying 64 in the second round, shot a 73 in cold and blustery conditions to drop to 7-under 209.

Goosen was solid, making five birdies and two bogeys for 69, one of only 17 players to break par in the third round.

He had a one-shot cushion on Yang Yong-eun, a 34-year-old South Korean who carded a 67 for the best score of the day.

``Whenever you're leading going into the final round, it's great,'' said Goosen, who has won nine of the 12 times he's led after three rounds of a European Tour tournament.

``I've got somebody tomorrow that I have to watch out that I don't know. Yang is obviously playing extremely well ... Obviously Tiger is there, and we all know what he's is capable of.''

Woods has won the last six 72-hole stroke events he has contested.

Yang, who has four victories on the Japan Tour, beat a field including Goosen for his first Asian Tour title at the Korea Open earlier this year.

India's Joyti Randhawa, the leader after the first two rounds, had an even-par 72 and was in third at 10 under.

Scotland's Marc Warren was one stroke further back, two clear of Woods, England's Paul Casey and Italian Francesco Molinari.

European No. 1 Padraig Harrington was within range of the lead before he drove out of bounds on the last hole and finished with an 8 on the par-5 18th. Harrington ended with 73 to slip back to a share of eighth at 6-under.

Woods, runner-up here last year, made eight birdies and an eagle the previous day after making his return from a five-week break on Thursday with a 72.

His round was mixed Saturday, with a double-bogey, three bogeys an eagle and two birdies.

``As good as it was yesterday, it was as bad as it was today,'' Woods said. ``I struggled, didn't hit the ball well and didn't putt well.

``The last two holes I put myself on my back _ I will have to shoot a great round tomorrow and hope that's enough.''

After opening with bogey, Woods recovered with an eagle three at the second.

At the par-4 seventh hole, he drove into a bunker, chipped directly into another, messed up his sand wedge and then missed a three-foot putt for a double-bogey.

Woods improved to 9 under with birdies at two par-5s, including a stunning chip-in on the eighth after two wayward shots.

He was not the only player struggling in the wind: 37 players had scores of 75 or worse, including nine of 80 or over.

Michael Campbell, who had a share of third place overnight at 8-under, slipped back to 19th after a 77. Second-ranked Jim Furyk shot a 74 and was tied with Campbell at 3-under.

The $5 million HSBC Champions is the first event on the PGA European Tour's 2007 schedule. The event also is sanctioned by the China Golf Association and the Asian, Australasian and Sunshine tours.