Victor Dubuisson of France opens big lead on Tiger Woods in Turkey
A 63 puts the Frenchman up by five strokes, and six ahead of Woods
The Associated Press
ANTALAYA, Turkey — Victor Dubuisson of France opened up a five-shot lead after the third round at the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday, while Tiger Woods kept himself in the mix despite three bogeys on the back nine.
Dubuisson opened with four consecutive birdies and added five more in a bogey-free 9-under 63. He moved to 21-under 195. Ian Poulter was alone in second after a 68, while Woods and Henrik Stenson (69) were among four players sitting another shot back.
Woods had an eventful round and hurt his right hand when his club hit a tree on the 11th hole, but he seemed to escape without a serious injury.
Woods made three birdies on the front nine, then mixed three more birdies with three bogeys in a six-hole stretch starting at the 11th. He finished with an improbable birdie on No. 18 for a 68.
“To birdie the last hole was a nice way to end, considering I struggled all day with my swing,” Woods said. “I was getting away with it on the front nine, but I wasn’t really playing well and it caught up with me on the back nine.”
Baird, Kirk tied
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Making par from a tough lie in the bunker saved Briny Baird’s round. Closing with three consecutive birdies gave him a share of the lead. None of that will make Sunday any easier for a 41-year-old who has never won in 364 tries on the PGA Tour.
Baird and Chris Kirk each made birdie on the final hole to separate themselves — but not by much — in the McGladrey Classic. They were one shot clear of three others. Kirk and Baird were at 10-under 200.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor had a 70 for a 1-under 209, and is tied for 36th. Michael Putnam of Tacoma is 65th after a 72 for a 213.
• Teresa Lu of Tawain fired a 30 on the back nine in the final round on her way to a 64 and a two-stroke victory in the LPGA Tour’s Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan. Lu had birdies on six of the last eight holes. Her 14-under 202 total was two strokes better than Chella Choi of South Korea, who closed with a 66. Stacy Lewis was the top American, seven strokes back at 209 after a 70.
• Laurie Rinker had two back-nine eagles and finished with a 6-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Legends Tour Open in Palm Harbor, Fla.