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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 December 2007, 23:47 GMT
Brilliant Woods in total control
Tiger Woods in action in California
Woods had a slice of fortune on the second hole
THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD
US unless stated
-18 T Woods
-12 J Furyk
-7 Z Johnson
-6 H Stenson (Swe)
-3 S Stricker, V Singh (Fij)
Selected others:
-1 L Westwood (GB), P Casey (GB)
Level par C Montgomerie (GB)

Tiger Woods extended his lead to six shots after carding a five-under 67 on the third day of the Target World Challenge in California.

The world number one, who set a course record with a round of 62 on Friday, dropped shots on the fourth and eighth, but made up for it with seven birdies.

Playing partner Jim Furyk, who fired a three-under 69, remains in second place with Zach Johnson two shots adrift.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot the best round of the day with a seven-under 65.

Woods began the day in confident fashion with a birdie at the first hole.

The three-time champion enjoyed a slice of fortune on the second when his pulled tee shot struck a young boy on the hip before bouncing back into the rough.

"Do you want to be my agent?" Woods asked the boy after shaking his hand.

And he managed to set up an unlikely birdie thanks to a brilliant wedge to within two feet of the flag.

Woods displayed his resilience after dropping a shot at the fourth when he birdied the fifth and sixth holes.

A pinpoint approach shot to a foot of the flag on the 10th ensured the USPGA champion began the back nine in the same fashion as the front nine.

He followed that up with a 15-foot putt on the par-five 12th to move four shots clear of Furyk.

The world number three's hopes of closing the gap on Woods were dented when he double-bogeyed the par-three 15th.



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