WGC-Cadillac Championship: Tiger Woods shoots 66 to roar into contention
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 09/03/14 1:52pm
Patrick Reed: Will take a two-shot lead into final round at Doral
Patrick Reed will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but world No 1 Tiger Woods stole the headlines on day three at Doral.
After brutal winds on Friday saw the revamped Blue Monster course bare its teeth, Saturday brought much stiller conditions and a number of players took full advantage.
Reed was one as he posted a solid 69 to move clear at the top of the leaderboard on four-under, two ahead of compatriots Hunter Mahan (71) and Jason Dufner (68).
But it was Woods who made the biggest move of the day, a best-of-the-week 66 catapulting him through the field and into a share of fourth alongside Welshman Jamie Donaldson on one-under.
Heading into the event under an injury cloud and having struggled for much of the opening two rounds, Woods started the day as an outsider for a title he has won seven times previously.
But riding a hot putter he finished it as favourite to do so after a stunning round that featured eight birdies.
Set the tone
The 38-year-old set the tone by picking up two shots in his first three holes before one of his two bogeys arrived at the fourth following a tame three-putt.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-4 P Reed
-2 J Dufner
-2 H Mahan
-1 T Woods
-1 J Donaldson (Wal)
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He would bounce back with birdies at five and eight and then added two more at 11 and 12 before dropping his second shot at 13 after leaving his ball in a greenside bunker.
Again he responded in positive style and, after rolling home another lengthy putt for birdie at 15, he got up-and-down from a bunker at the driveable par-four 16th to pick up his last stroke of the day and move under-par for the first time this week.
For his part, Reed - who won the Humana Challenge earlier in the season - mixed an eagle at the eighth, three birdies and two bogeys to reclaim the lead which he held at the end of round one.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar who shared the overnight lead with Reed and Mahan shot rounds of 73 and 74 to finish at level-par and one-over respectively.
Alongside Johnson at level-par was namesake Zach and Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez who posted an excellent round of 69.