Tiger Woods birdied two of his last three holes to salvage an even-par 72 and keep his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the World Challenge on Saturday in Thousand Oaks.
The score looked routine. The third round was not. Wind created havoc in the foothills of Sherwood Country Club.
Woods hit a tee shot into the water en route to one bogey and three-putted from 6 feet on a par 5. But the tournament host finished strong and was at 11-under 205.
"I'm pleased at having the lead -- not real pleased with the way I putted," said Woods, a five-time winner at Sherwood.
Johnson closed with two birdies for a 72. Bubba Watson (69) was four strokes behind in the field of 18.
"This golf course is very difficult," Watson said. "Right now, there's a pretty good player leading."
European Tour: Jamie Donaldson maintained his three-shot lead at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. He had six birdies in a 5-under 67 to stay ahead of American Ryan Moore (67) and Thomas Bjorn (67). Donaldson was at 16-under 200. Henrik Stenson (69) was at 205 along with Sergio Garcia (66) and Thongchai Jaidee (66).
Ladies European Tour: Pornanong Phatlum won the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Ladies Masters, hitting a wedge to 2 feet on the par-5 final hole for a birdie and a one-shot victory over American Stacy Lewis. Phatlum shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 15-under 273. Lewis missed a 40-foot birdie putt on 18.