Tiger Woods lined up for his 10th title this year with an 8-under-par 63, giving the United States a commanding lead going into the final day of the World Cup of Golf in Kuala Lumpur. Woods' partner Mark O'Meara shot a 67 as the Americans powered their way from one behind to seven shots ahead of Spain's Miguel Angel Martin (70) and Santiago Luna (68).
Argentina are in third, a further six shots off the lead. The Spaniards appear to be the only team with any prospect of catching the Americans, who stand on an aggregate score of 403, 23-under-par.
Ireland are in 5th place, after Paul McGinley shot a 69 and Padraig Harrington had a 70. They are sixteen shots behind the Americans.
Philip Walton, hero of the 1995 Ryder Cup, was up against it when he turned through 9 in 37 on 4-over-par - the cut-off mark – at the European Tour Qualifying Schools in Spain today.
However, the former French and English Open champion, whose crash to 160th on this year's Order of Merit forced his first-ever visit to the school, came home in 33 to be in joint-36th place. There was even better news for Gary Murphy who finished inside the top 30 after a 71 today. The top 35 and equals gain cards for next year’s tour. Peter Lawrie and David Higgins however must wait for another year after failing to make the cut.
Elsewhere, at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan Sergio Garcia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark lead on a 203 total after today’s third round. Ireland's Darren Clarke is four-under on 212 for the tournament after a level par round of 72, and is joined by defending champion Lee Westwood.