Woods Leads by 4 Going Into Cadillac Championship Final Round

Tiger Woods holds a four-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell going into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Cadillac Championship.

Overall, Woods has a 39-2 record in tour events when in sole possession of the lead before the final day’s play.

Woods made seven birdies yesterday at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami in a round of 5-under 67 to stand 18-under par at 198. Woods, going for his second win of the year, has made 24 birdies and taken 74 putts through 54 holes, both personal bests in his PGA Tour career.

“You know what kind of closer he is,” said Steve Stricker, who shares third place with Phil Mickelson. “When he gets the lead in a golf tournament, it’s tough. He doesn’t let too many guys in usually when he gets the lead.”

McDowell shot a 69 yesterday to hold second place at 14-under 202.

“All respect to the way he handled himself today and the way he played,” McDowell said. “He’s going to be a tough guy to catch. But according to the forecast tomorrow, we are going to have strong winds. I think that’s an advantage to the rest of the field.”

Mickelson and Stricker both scored 69 yesterday to stay five strokes off the lead.

“I threw away five or six shots on the greens and around the greens, and I feel like I don’t have to play too much different,” Mickelson said. “I just can’t afford to give away those shots.”

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