Sunday, October 5, 2003

Woods' lead dwindles to 2

Money-leading Singh is stalking Tiger after a 64

The Associated Press

WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Considering all that went wrong for Tiger Woods in the American Express Championship, he had no trouble finding the good news Saturday.

"I got in the clubhouse," he said, "and I still have the lead."

Despite a double bogey on the 16th hole and an aggressive charge by Vijay Singh, Woods walked off the Capital City Club in the position where he thrives - owning a 54-hole lead - and with a chance to win for the fifth time this year.

Woods made par on the final two holes for a 1-under 69 and was two strokes ahead of Singh going into the final round of a $6 million World Golf Championship that suddenly is packed with drama.

The final pairing includes Woods, at 8-under 202, who needs to win the $1.05 million prize to capture the PGA Tour money title for a record fifth straight year.

Joining him is Singh, who leads the money list and is about $475,000 ahead of Woods.

They are not the best of friends and even have a little history between them. Singh's former caddie wrote "Tiger Who?" on the back of his cap when Woods and Singh squared off in the Presidents Cup three years ago, a match that Woods won with ease. He still talks about that match when he speaks at clinics.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Woods said. "There are probably four guys that have a chance of winning."

Singh made that possible with a 6-under 64, the best round of the tournament.

"I could have gone lower, but 64 is a great number for me," Singh said.

Woods is 29-2 when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

He has not lost a PGA Tour event when leading after 36 holes since the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.

PGA TOUR: John Huston made three straight birdies on the back nine and shot a 4-under 68 to retain a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic at Madison, Miss.

Huston, looking for his first victory in three years, had a four-stroke lead after birdies on 12, 13 and 14. But he dropped a stroke on No. 17 and managed only a par on the par-5 18th after the other contenders posted red numbers. Huston is 16 under after three rounds.

LPGA TOUR: Helen Alfredsson fired an 8-under-par 64 to take the lead following three rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Lincoln, Calif.

Alfredsson, at 11-under par, leads by one stroke over four players, including Se Ri Pak.

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