Tiger Woods and Robert Rock share a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Woods and England’s Rock both shot 6-under-par 66 yesterday to reach 11-under at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Sweden’s Peter Hanson are 9-under, with four players, including second-round leader Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, at 8-under.
“There’s a ton of guys with a chance to win,” Woods told reporters. “The field is bunched. I need to go out there and put together a solid round of golf. I’ve got to go out there and get it.”
Woods had six birdies and no bogeys in his round. Rock made seven birdies, including at the final two holes to move into the tie, and one bogey.
“I’ve not done really well here in the past,” Rock said. “But I had a good first couple of rounds and carried on playing well today. Pretty pleased overall.”
Woods ended a 749-day winless drought with a victory last month at the limited-field Chevron World Challenge, an invitational tournament in California. He’s making his season debut this week in a field that features the top four in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Hanson posted the day’s lowest score of 64, Molinari had 66 and third-ranked McIlroy, playing with Woods for the third straight day, shot 68.
“It was one of those days where you have the best job in the world,” Hanson said of his round. “Eight birdies, no bogeys, beautiful blue sky in Abu Dhabi.”
Olesen shot 71 to drop into a tie with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and South Africans George Coetzee and James Kingston. World No. 1 Luke Donald shot 1-over 73 to fall to even-par and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood, ranked second, is 4-under after a round of 68.