Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh - who have combined to win all four majors this season - will renew their budding rivalry in the final round at the East Lake Golf Club. Woods and Singh share the top spot in Atlanta, Ga., at 10-under-par. Phil Mickelson is just one stroke back after carding the low round of the day, a 5-under-par 65. Ernie Els is the next closest pursuant at 6-under, four strokes off the lead.
A drizzly Southern day turned dreary for David Duval. Playing alongside Woods, Duval recorded two birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey for a dismal 74. In a highly anticipated head-to-head pairing, Duval finished the day six shots higher than Woods, who posted a 4-under-par 66.
Woods, in search of his fourth title defense of the season, found his form early on Saturday. Using a combination of power and precision, Tiger birdied three of his first four holes to take sole possession of the lead at 9-under-par.
Woods remained one stroke removed from double digits as he made the turn, alternating bogeys and birdies on holes 5 through 8.
Two more birdies at the 10th and 15th holes pushed Woods to 11-under, before a three-putt bogey at the par-4 17th dropped the world's No. 1 ranked player to his finishing position at 10-under-par.
'I moved up in the standings, and that's the whole idea,' said Woods.
Singh, who lost to Hal Sutton in a playoff the last time this event was contested at East Lake in 1998, made a strong bid for redemption in the third round. The Fijian fired a 4-under-par 31 on the front nine to move to 9-under for the tournament. Another birdie, Singh's fifth of the day, took Singh to 10-under, where he ended the day after parring his final eight holes.
'This is probably the best I've felt,' Singh said following his bogey-free 65. 'I like the way I'm putting. I feel really comfortable. I like the way I'm putting and I hope it will keep up.'
Two weeks ago, Singh and Woods squared off on three separate occasions at the Presidents Cup. Woods won all three. Two of Tiger's victories came courtesy of team play; the third was the result of a 2-and-1 win in singles.
Though tightly contested, Tiger and Vijay's one-on-one match was overshadowed by two little words on the back of a caddie's hat.
That question was stitched on the back of Singh's caddie's cap. Whether in jest or not, the jab struck a nerve in Tiger's pride. Few putts were conceded that Sunday afternoon.
'My goal is to go out and win tomorrow,' said Singh, who also joked he would fire caddie Paul Tesori if he did the same thing this Sunday. 'If I hit the ball like I am and make some putts, nobody is going to beat me.'
History says otherwise. Tiger has won 19 consecutive PGA Tour events when having at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
'I enjoy playing in that position,' Woods said. 'I enjoy having the lead because that means you can afford to make a mistake.'