THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Here is everything You Oughta Know entering the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge:
– Tiger Woods owns a two-stroke advantage over Zach Johnson entering the final round. When holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, Woods has converted 48 of 52 times. He is 39 of 41 when holding the outright third-round lead.
– Among the four times Woods has not won after holding a 54-hole lead, the largest lead was two strokes over eventual champion Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship, when he posted a final-round 75.
– Woods’ final-round scoring average when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead is 70.518.
– The 54-hole leader/co-leader has won the World Challenge just twice in the last nine seasons (Woods in 2007 and Graeme McDowell in 2012).
– The tournament host, Woods is seeking his sixth-career win in the 15th edition of this event. He also owns three runner-up finishes in 13 total starts. In his other three appearances, he finished 10th in 1999, T-14 in 2005 and T-4 last year.
– Woods owns 19 career professional victories in his home state of California. A win on Sunday would be his 20th in the final year before this tournament moves to Florida.
– Zach Johnson will enter the final round in second place, two strokes behind Woods. Prior to an 18th place finish last year, he was second in 2007 and 2011, T-5 in 2009 and T-9 in 2010.
– In 23 career rounds at Sherwood Country Club, Johnson has now posted sub-70 scores on 14 occasions, including a 67-68 start in this week’s opening rounds.
– Bubba Watson is in third place entering the final round, four strokes behind Woods. In his previous starts at this event, Watson finished T-14 in 2010, T-6 in 2011 and T-9 last year.