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Woods Down Seven With 18 to Play

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Tiger Woods will have to overcome a seven-shot deficit if he is to add the $77,000 first-place check to his $2 million appearance fee at the New Zealand Open.
 
The third round, postponed due to rain and darkness Saturday, was completed Sunday morning in Wellington. Australian Stephen Leaney, who was 9-under through 12 holes when play was called, picked up one more stroke to par to take sole possession of the lead.
 
Leaney's 68 moved him to 10-under for the tournament, one shot clear of Steve Alker (68). 2000 champion Michael Campbell (66) and Craig Parry (69) are two off the pace at minus 8.
 
Like Campbell, Woods completed his third round Saturday. The world's No. 1 double bogeyed his first hole to fall 10 shots back, but overcame that disaster and a three-hour, 20-minute rain delay to shoot 67. He stands at 3-under for the event.
 
Woods spent Saturday evening watching caddie, Kiwi Steve Williams, finish last in a stock car race.
 
Following a brief break from action, the players are scheduled to return to the Paraparaumu Beach course for the fourth and final round, which may also see it's share of rain. They will play in threesomes and go off both the first and 10th tees.
 
Full-field scores from the New Zealand Open