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Image 32 of Park City Daily News February 12, 2012

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Sports PAGE 16B - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012 DAILY NEWS, BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY GOLF Wi keeps lead; Woods surges By The Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Charlie Wi played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69 to build a three-shot lead Saturday in the Pebble Beach National ProAm. Now it’s time for him to face his demons of self-doubt – along with a familiar force in golf. Tiger Woods took another step toward showing his game is nearly back. He ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch early in his round at Pebble Beach and had a 5-under 67 that put him four shots behind going into the final round, the closest he has been to the 54hole lead in a regular PGA Tour event since the 2010 Masters. With a new swing, it’s starting to look like the old Tiger. “But the scenario doesn’t change,” Woods said. “The ultimate goal is to win a golf tournament.” That’s something Wi has never done in 162 previous PGA Tour events. Wi, who was at 15-under 199, has a 54-hole lead for only the second time on tour. He had a one-shot lead at Colonial last year and was runner-up to David Toms. This time, Wi will be in the last group with someone in a familiar spot. Ken Duke, who is winless in 142 starts on the PGA Tour, shot a 65 at Monterey Peninsula. The last two weeks haven’t been too kind to 54-hole leaders. Kyle Stanley lost a five-shot lead at Torrey Pines, and Spencer Levin blew a six-shot lead the following week in the Phoenix Open. Both were going for their first PGA Tour win. Your turn, Charlie. “I haven’t really thought about that,” Wi said when asked if it were a blessing or a burden to be in front. “But I enjoy being in the lead. It’s a lot more fun than trying to come from behind. I know that tonight is going to be very exciting, and I’m sure I won’t sleep as well as if I’m in 50th place. But that’s what we play for, and I’m really excited.” Along with Woods in the hunt, Phil Mickelson managed to stay in contention despite playing the par 5s at Pebble Beach in 1-over par. He saved par on the 18th for a 70. That put him in a tie for fourth, six shots behind, and a possible date in the final round Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Tiger Woods follows his drive Saturday from the ninth tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the third round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. with Woods. Padraig Harrington was chasing the lead until a sloppy finish at Spyglass Hill – a bogey on the par-5 seventh, and a double bogey on the eighth. He had to settle for a 72 and dropped seven shots behind in a tie for ninth. Even so, it served up quite the finale for today. Wi is No. 175 in the world, while Duke is at No. 258. They have combined for 304 starts without a win. Right behind them are Woods and Mickelson, who have combined for 18 majors and 110 PGA Tour wins. Also in the group at 9-under 205 are two-time Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson, who had a 70 at Monterey Peninsula, and Hunter Mahan, who had a 70 at Spyglass Hill. “It’s really fun, especially when the big guys are up there,” Duke said. “That’s when everyone is out there watching. If you do perform well and play well, they will be watching you, as well. It’s going to be fun.” With a short burst of birdies, it looked as though Woods was having a blast. Coming off his lone bogey at No. 12, Woods looked as though he were headed for another one. From the left fairway bunker on the 13th, he overcut his 9-iron so much that it was headed for deep rough right of the green. Instead, it bounced off a mound back toward the green, took the grain and settled a foot beneath the hole for a tap-in birdie. Woods watched the ball take the hard hop, listened to the gallery around the green cheer wildly, and just smiled. “Looked like I was having a tough time making par, and I was making birdie, and off we go,” Woods said. “Sometimes, we need those type of momentum swings in a round, and from there, I made some putts.” He rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th, then had a 25foot putt up the slope on the 15th. One of the amateurs in his group had a similar putt, so Woods was able to look at the break. He learned well, extending his left arm as he often does before the putt drops. And it did. Woods made good birdie putts from 20 feet on the 17th and 8 feet on the 18th, where he also got a small break. Not wanting to hit driver in the first place because he couldn’t reach in two, he came out of the shot. It looked like it might go out-of-bounds until it hit a CBS spotter and settled behind the bunkers. Woods made an easy birdie on the par-5 second, but that was hit. He had to save par on the short par-4 fourth from a bunker, and didn’t give himself enough good looks the rest of the way. No matter. He moved up the leaderboard, higher than he has been in some time on this tour. Woods played in the final group two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, tied for the lead with Robert Rock, and he had his poorest day striking the ball and finished in a tie for third. He played in the final group at his Chevron World Challenge at the end of last year and birdied the last two holes to beat Zach Johnson. Korda takes 1-shot lead at Aussie Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American teenager Jessica Korda moved into position for a two-sport, father-daughter Australian double, shooting par 73 in windy conditions Saturday to take a 1-shot lead at the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne. Korda, the 18-year-old daughter of 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, had a 4-under 215 total in the LPGA Tour opener on the historic club’s difficult Composite Course. She opened with rounds of 72 and 70 at the 2011 Presidents Cup venue that’s hosting a women’s professional event for the first time. “It would mean a lot,” Korda said about following her father with a Melbourne victory. “My Dad was world No. 2. I told him I want to beat that. It would be a great accomplishment, an awesome thing.” So Yeon Ryu, the U.S. Women’s Open champion who took a one-stroke lead into the third round, was a stroke back along with fellow South Korean “My dad was world No. 2. I told him I want to beat that.” Jessica Korda Australian Open leader player Hee Kyung Seo and Australia’s Nikki Campbell. Ryu shot a 76, Seo had a 75, and Campbell a 70. “Normally my play style is very aggressive, but this course, it’s definitely not,” Ryu said. “Always my plan is just par.” Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner the last two years at Commonwealth Golf Club, topped the group at 2 under after a 71. The Taiwanese star was still smarting from a three-hole stretch Friday in her secondround 76 when she dropped six strokes with a quadruple-bogey 8 and two bogeys. “I think I’m in very good position, especially with a course like this,” Tseng said. “So, tomorrow I’ll play more aggressive and try to get as many birdies as I can.” McIlroy two shots back of Westwood at Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lee Westwood took advantage of some shaky play from Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead on Rafael Cabrera-Bello after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic. Westwood was three shots behind overnight leaders McIlroy and Bjorn at the start of the round but closed the gap with three birdies in his first four holes. The third-ranked Englishman birdied the 13th for a share of the lead with Bjorn and led when the Dane bogeyed the 15th. “I got off to a good start,” Westwood said. “The only time I dropped two shots was when I hit two poor drives on 6 into the left rough, got a heavy lie and at 8 hit it into the sand on right. Other than that, very solid and gave myself lots of birdie chances.” Joining Cabrera-Bello at oneshot back were Stephen Gallacher (68) and Marcel Siem (68). McIlroy, who struggled early, finished with a 72 to trail Westwood by two shots. Bjorn was three behind the leader with a 73. Coming into Saturday, it appeared Westwood’s biggest challengers this weekend would be U.S. Open champion McIlroy and Bjorn, who beat Tiger Woods in 2001 to take the Dubai title. But McIlroy’s tee shot on No. 7 went into the water for his first bogey. 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