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Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Sloppy Woods still leader
Tiger Woods during the third round of the Buick Open in Michigan
Woods struggled for a lot of his round

Tiger Woods takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Buick Open after one of his less impressive rounds.

The world number one suffered a double bogey at the first hole and at one point was three shots behind after starting the day with a three shot lead.

But for a bogey at the last, he would have had a two shot lead but his challengers must be aware that in 24 of 26 PGA Tour events which he has led going into the final round, Woods has won.


I didn't quite feel as comfortable over the shots today
Tiger Woods

Esteban Toledo, who enjoyed the lead for a few holes, is the nearest to Woods on 14 under after a 67.

Fred Funk and Bob Tway are tied at 12 under, and first-round leader Kent Jones is one shot further behind.

The double bogey for Woods ended a run of 51 holes without dropping a shot.

Of his challengers, Toledo has never won a PGA Tour event and his lone career win came in the 2000 Mexican Open.


I am going to play the same game that I have been playing the first three days
Esteban Toledo

Toledo birdied five of the first nine holes and then birdied two of the first four holes on the back nine to get to 16 under.

But Woods put the pressure on Toledo with birdies on the 12th and 13th and the Mexican relinquished the lead with bogeys on the 15th and 17th to finish with a 67.

Scott Verplank, who had been one of Woods' challengers after the second round, fell away badly after a round of 75.


Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)

  • 201 Tiger Woods 67 63 71
  • 202 Esteban Toledo (Mex) 68 67 67
  • 204 Bob Tway 71 65 68, Fred Funk 71 66 67
  • 205 Kent Jones 65 70 70
  • 206 Steve Flesch 72 68 66, David Toms 68 68 70, Tom Byrum 70 68 68, Jim Furyk 69 67 70
  • 207 Luke Donald (Gbr) 67 69 71, Brian Gay 69 71 67, Tommy Tolles 72 64 71, Russ Cochran 71 68 68, Blaine McCallister 68 68 71, Mark O'Meara 68 69 70
  • 208 John Senden (Aus) 68 69 71, KJ Choi (Kor) 66 74 68, Carlos Franco (Par) 68 67 73, Jeff Sluman 70 67 71, Robert Damron 67 69 72, Paul Azinger 69 70 69, Pat Bates 68 67 73, Brian Henninger 71 70 67, Phil Mickelson 69 70 69, Kenny Perry 73 69 66
  • 209 Brett Wetterich 74 68 67, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 69 66 74, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 70 67 72, Jeff Brehaut 72 66 71, Scott Verplank 69 65 75, Bart Bryant 67 69 73, Bob Burns 72 70 67, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 71 68 70, Carl Paulson 70 70 69
  • 210 Matt Peterson 73 69 68, JJ Henry 67 67 76, Richard Coughlan (Irl) 71 68 71, David Morland IV 70 69 71, Craig Barlow 71 71 68, Glen Day 67 68 75, Chris DiMarco 68 72 70, Paul Goydos 71 70 69, Tom Pernice Jr 69 68 73
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