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Tiger Woods remains seven shots clear at WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Updated: Sunday, 04 Aug 2013 11:03 | Comments

Tiger Woods is still seven shots clear
Tiger Woods is still seven shots clear

Tiger Woods remains in command of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational but his third round was much less spectacular than the career-equalling best 61 he carded on Friday.

The world number one had been on the cusp of a startling round of 59 until he tailed off towards the end of his second round but still took a seven-shot lead into today's action.

Two birdies at the start of his third round continued where he had left off yesterday but bogeys on the ninth, 14th and 16th meant a similarly impressive round was not possible and he ended with a score of 68.

A 39-foot chip in for birdie on the 13th was a highlight of an altogether less spectacular day.

That means Woods maintained his seven-shot lead over the remainder of the field, with Henrik Stenson out on his own in second place after carding a third round 67.

Jason Dufner is a shot further back with with the trio of Luke Donald, Bill Haas and Chris Wood all tied four fourth on six under par.

Miguel Angel Jimenez was the star of the round as the 49-year-old Spaniard sunk six birdies on his way to a five under par 65, moving him up to a share of seventh place with Keegan Bradley.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy both ended the third round on even for the tournament and well out of contention, while Graeme McDowell finished three over.

"It all starts with what the weather is doing, and then I build it from there, and we'll see what I do" - Tiger Woods

Woods admitted that his third round was more of a grind than his free-flowing performance on Friday - but was pleased to keep his lead intact.

"Today was a day that I didn't quite have it, but I scored," he said.

"That's the name of the game - posting a number, and I did today.

"I ground my way around that golf course today. It was playing a little blustery.

"It's just one of those things where I was just trying to build on my lead somehow, just trying to build on it, and for most of the day I was doing that."

Anything but a Woods victory would be a huge surprise on Sunday with the 37-year-old looking to keep things simple.

When asked what his mindset would be heading in to the final round he replied: "To just go out there and execute my game plan.

"Whatever game plan I'm going to implement, just go execute it. It all starts with what the weather is doing, and then I build it from there, and we'll see what I do."

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