Woods With 3 Stroke Lead After 3 Rounds

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods kept his grip on the PGA Championship lead Saturday, playing the front nine in 1-under par to expand his advantage to three shots and move closer to his 13th major title.

Woods made one birdie and no bogeys on yet another steaming day at Southern Hills to drop to 7 under for the tournament. He is 7-0 in majors when holding the lead going into the weekend.

Woods was three shots ahead of Scott Verplank and five ahead of Woody Austin, Stephen Ames and 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

The day was also marked by the disqualification of Sergio Garcia, who signed an incorrect scorecard and was booted from the tournament.

Verplank started the third round within two of Woods and pulled a shot closer, though that lasted for about a minute. Moments after Verplank made a birdie putt on No. 4, Woods followed with a birdie of his own.

Verplank found the rough three times on the next hole, the par-5 fifth, and made bogey, which increased his deficit to three.

Woods was nowhere near record-setting territory, the way he was Friday when he barely missed a putt that would have given him a 62 for the best score ever in a major. He settled for a 63, tied with 20 other players for the record, and got ready for the long weekend grind.

"Mad," Woods said when asked how he felt when the putt lipped out. "I hit a good putt and thought I made it. It would've been nice to have gotten a record and a three-shot lead going into the weekend. The good thing is, I hit a good putt. That's the important point."

Through nine holes, Woods was the only player in the final six pairings with a score below par for the day.

The day's best score belonged to Boo Weekley, who had a chance for a 63 with a long putt on the 18th hole. He missed badly and wound up three-putting to finish at 5-under 65, which put him at even par for the tournament.

Weekley didn't know there was a record on the line

"Really? That would have been nice," he said. "I was just trying to make par."

Weekley was Garcia's playing partner and inadvertently gave the Spaniard a 4 on the 17th hole when he'd really made a 5. Garcia signed the scorecard without checking it for accuracy. By the time Weekley realized his mistake, Garcia had signed the card and left the scorer's tent, meaning the error could not be reversed.

Garcia, however, would have been 9 over heading into Sunday with no chance of winning.

Of course, many think everybody is playing for second with Woods in the lead.


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