Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Host Woods Keeps Lead

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Host Woods Keeps Lead

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Tiger Woods birdied two of his final three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and kept his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson after the third round Saturday in the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Wind that pushed away some light rain at the start of the round created havoc in the foothills of Sherwood Country Club. Woods hit a tee shot in the water and three-putted from about 6 feet on a par 5. But he finished strong and was at 11-under 205. Johnson also finished with two birdies, including a 20-footer on the 18th for a 72.

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