Tiger Trails Goosen in Shanghai


European TourSHANGHAI, China -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen posted a 3-under 69 on Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the HSBC Champions Tournament. He stands at 12-under-par 204 and is one ahead at Sheshan International Golf Club.
Yong-Eun Yang fired the low round of the day on Saturday with a 5-under 67. In the windy conditions, Yang finds himself alone in second place at 11-under-par 205.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is five back of Retief Goosen heading into the final round in China.
Overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa only managed an even-par 72 in round three and is alone in third place at minus-10, one shot better than Scotland's Marc Warren, who carded a 2-under 70.
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, struggled on Saturday. He finished with back-to-back bogeys for a round of 1-over-par 73 and a share of fifth place at minus-7.
Woods bogeyed his first hole Saturday, but made up for the early error with a 3-foot eagle putt at No. 2. He parred his next four holes, but found serious trouble at the seventh. Woods drove into a bunker, hit his approach into another bunker, only this time with a plugged lie. He hit his ball out sideways and finally walked off with a double-bogey six.
Woods, who finished as runner-up last year, missed the green at the par-4 eighth hole and seemed to be in more trouble. Instead, the reigning British Open winner and PGA Champion chipped in for a birdie.
At the par-5 14th, Woods knocked in a 4-footer for birdie to reach 9 under par and trail Goosen and Randhawa by two. He parred his next two, but trouble loomed on the closing holes.
Woods came up 35 feet short of the target at the par-3 17th and his birdie try missed by 3 feet. Woods pushed his par putt and tapped in for a bogey, but it was his driver that got him on the last.
Woods immediately knew his drive was in trouble after impact at 18 and tossed his club to the ground. His ball took one hop and sailed into the water right of the fairway. After a drop, he laid his third shot up short of the green, then knocked his fourth to 18 feet. Woods missed the par putt and now finds himself five behind with a round to play.
Woods is not behind any old golfer in the lead, he trails the sixth-ranked player in the world.
Goosen blasted out of a bunker to inches to set up birdie at the second. He missed a 15-foot par putt at the fifth, but a 30-foot birdie putt at the sixth left Goosen in a tie for the lead with Randhawa, who double-bogeyed the same hole Goosen made birdie.
Randhawa bogeyed seven when he stubbed a chip shot. Goosen birdied the eighth and suddenly found himself ahead by two. The 10th hole brought the pair into a tie as Randhawa ran home a 4-foot birdie putt and Goosen could not get up and down for par from a bunker.
Goosen hit a spectacular approach to the 11th and tapped in the short birdie putt. Randhawa bogeyed 12 from a bunker and the two-time U.S. Open winner was once again two in front.
Randhawa rebounded in a big way. He sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the 13th and made it two in a row with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Goosen followed him in with a birdie at 14 to reclaim a one-shot edge.
Randhawa missed a 4-foot par save at 17 to fall two back, but it was Yang who threw the biggest scare into Goosen. Yang was even through seven holes, but birdied the par-5 eighth.
Yang birdied 10 and 13, then converted a 6-foot birdie putt at 14 to reach 10 under par. Yang drained a 4-foot birdie putt at the final hole to get within one of Goosen's lead.
It will be a tall order for the field as Goosen goes for his 14th win on the European Tour. He has previously held the 54-hole lead 12 times on the circuit and has moved on to the winner's circle nine of those times.
Woods was joined in fifth place by Paul Casey (68) and Francesco Molinari (69).
Order of Merit champion Padraig Harrington (73), John Bickerton (71), Luke Donald (71), Robert Karlsson (69), Jeev Milkha Singh (71) and Henrik Stenson (70) are knotted in eighth place at 6-under-par 210.
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