Woods surges into lead

FLINT: World No 1 Tiger Woods fired a seven-under 65 to vault into sole possession of first place after the third round of the PGA Buick Open on Saturday.

Woods’ superb round moved him to 17-under 199 and came a day after he shot a 63 in the second round to move into contention at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.

Woods, a three-time winner this season, has won 15 consecutive tournaments when holding a 54-hole lead. He is also 26 of 27 when going into the final round with the lead.

Michael Letzig is in second at 16-under-par 198 after posting a four-under 68.

He finished with a disappointing double bogey on the final hole after blowing a bunker shot. Second-round leader John Senden carded a 71 and is alone in third. Matt Bettencourt, who shot 65, and Vaughn Taylor, who fired a 69, are tied for fourth place at 14-under 202. Australia’s Greg Chalmers (69), Charles Warren (68) and Jimmy Walker (69) are one shot adrift at 13-under.

The two-time Buick Open champ Woods started quickly sinking a 14-foot birdie putt on the second hole and registering another birdie on three.

He made it three straight birdies on No 3 and then made another birdie on seven. On the par-three 17th, Woods rolled in a 33-foot birdie to join Letzig at 17-under-par.