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Woods Trails Westwood by 10 Strokes in Players Championship

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May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods, ending three rounds of play at 4-under-par, enters the final day of the Players Championship 10 strokes behind leader Lee Westwood.

Westwood shot a 2-under 70 yesterday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to claim the lead at 14 under 202, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby, who shot a 5-under 67.

“It was tough out there. The golf course changed a lot, it got really firm this afternoon,” Westwood said after finishing. “I don’t think it’ll be softened up overnight. You’ll have to hit as many fairways as possible and as many greens as possible.”

Ben Crane, U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Francesco Molinari shared third place at 12-under 204.

Woods, who had five birdies in a round of 71, enters the final day tied for 45th place at 212, 4 under par.

“I need a lot of help,” Woods said. “ I’ve got to play just a great round of golf. I need so much help and it doesn’t look like that’s probably going to be the case. There are too many guys out there.”

Phil Mickelson, who could become the world’s top golfer if he wins today and Woods ends outside the top five, fired a 6-under 66 yesterday which elevated him 35 places on the leaderboard to a tie for 11th at 9-under 207.

“I’m not sure where I’ll be at the end of the day,” Mickelson said. “The golf course is changing in the afternoon. Even though I am seeing a lot of scores in the 60s and under pars, I think it will be a difficult round for the leaders to pull away.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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