Woods maintains two-shot lead at World Challenge


There was not a lot of moving on Moving Day, as the wind picked up and kept scores in check during the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Here's how things stand heading into the final round at Sherwood Country Club:

Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Zach Johnson (-9), Bubba Watson (-7), Matt Kuchar (-4), Webb Simpson (-3), Jason Day (-2), Graeme McDowell (-2)

What it means: After tying the course record with a 62 on Friday, Woods looked to extend his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson on Saturday. But thanks to windy conditions and a cold putter, Woods wasn't able to put any distance between himself and Johnson. Both players birdied 18 to set up another final-round duel at the World Challenge.

Round of the day: Rory McIlroy (4-under 68) had the low round of the day, but Bubba Watson was only one shot worse, and unlike McIlroy, Watson now has a shot at the World Challenge title on Sunday. Watson missed several putts inside 5 feet on Saturday, including a short par putt on 18, but his third-round 69 left him only four shots back.

Best of the rest: It wasn't pretty, but Zach Johnson's even-par 72 could have been a lot worse. He grinded out six birdies to stay two shots back of Woods on a day where Johnson could have easily fallen out of the hunt. Johnson doubled the par-3 12th and the par-3 15th, but he rebounded with birdies on 13 and 16, then added a birdie on 18 to keep the pressure on Woods heading into the final round.

Biggest disappointment: After opening with rounds of 68-68, Matt Kuchar started the day only three shots back. He opened with two straight birdies on Saturday, but Kuchar struggled the rest of the day, making six bogeys coming in for a 4-over 76. At 4 under, Kuchar is not out of it, but he'll need a really low round, plus some help from Woods to have any chance on Sunday.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: There have been a lot of memorable finishes at Sherwood, and the stage is set for another thrilling Sunday finish before the World Challenge heads to Isleworth Country Club next year outside of Orlando, Fla.

Woods, Johnson and Watson are all former Masters champions and looking to end their seasons on a good note. But all eyes will be on Woods. His putter was nearly as cold as the temperatures on Saturday, but he was able to keep the lead. Woods won five times this season, and he'll look to add a sixth title before putting the clubs away until January.