McDowell edges closer to World Challenge win

Last updated 12:58 02/12/2012
Graeme McDowell
CLOSE TO WIN: Graeme McDowell ended third round of the World Challenge with a two-shot lead.

Relevant offers


Danny Lee's rollercoaster Presidents Cup debut ends with loss Luke Fitzgerald's golfing gaffe leaves Rory McIlroy and Ireland in hysterics European tour rookie Matt Fitzpatrick secures $4.5 million British Masters title Lydia Ko finishes second at LPGA Tour event in Malaysia Melbourne to host 2019 Presidents Cup: Finchem Internationals give themselves a chance at Presidents Cup glory United States keep slim lead in Presidents Cup over Internationals Ian Poulter confident at British Masters despite 'smash on head with wet salmon' Presidents Cup: Phil Mickelson takes the blame for ball blunder Danny Lee struggles at Presidents Cup as South Africans lead day two resurgence

Tiger Woods knows Sherwood better than anyone else at the World Challenge but in Graeme McDowell he trails a player who is equally at home at the venue by five shots going into tomorrow's final round.

While tournament host Woods has won the elite invitational event a record five times, Northern Irishman McDowell has finished second and first in his only two previous starts here and he led by two shots after the third round.

"He likes it here," American world number three and defending champion Woods told reporters about McDowell. "The golf course suits his game, he keeps the ball in front of him and he's a beautiful putter.

"His ball flight is, I think, perfect for how the conditions are. He hits it flat and loves to draw it, and that's going to take a lot of the spin off it, which is great."

Though Woods sits five shots off the pace heading into the final round of the 18-man event at Sherwood Country Club, recent history is in his favour with only one player winning the title in the last eight years after holding the 54-hole lead.

Woods himself was the sole exception, triumphing by a record seven strokes in 2007 after leading by six heading into the final round.

Victory tomorrow would certainly cap a successful year for the 14-times major champion who returned to form by winning three tournaments on the 2012 PGA Tour.

"Always nice to end the year with a win," smiled Woods after firing a three-under-par 69 in rain-soaked conditions at Sherwood today. "I've done it a few times here at this event, and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow."

Woods is perhaps due for a low score on Sunday, having produced good form in fits and starts in the previous three rounds at Sherwood.

Though the par-72 layout is playing ultra-long after a week of intermittent rain, the greens are receptive to bold approach play but Woods has, in the main, failed to take advantage of the five par-fives.

"I missed a few opportunities out there," he said after mixing four birdies with one bogey to post an eight-under total of 208. "I felt like I played decent enough to get to 10 under, to get to double digits, and just didn't do it.

"As of right now I'm five back. I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow and see what happens."

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content