Tiger Woods at World Challenge 2012: Day 3 Highlights, Analysis and More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2012

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Tiger Woods waves to the crowd after sinking a bogie putt on the 16th hole during the first round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on November 29, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The World Challenge may be Tiger Woods' event, but this year's tournament is Graeme McDowell's to lose. 

McDowell has been on top of his game through the first three rounds of this event and Saturday was no different. He fired a four-under 68 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of play. 

He is hitting the shots he envisions, and he is not letting opportunities slip by. Like this birdie he converted to close out his frontside at three-under 33. 

McDowell was nearly flawless. He did not have a bogey on the day, and while playing like that, he is going to be extremely difficult to catch. 

However, there is no reason to count Tiger out of this competition. Woods played the front nine at an even par 36—carding a single birdie and bogey. 

He was striking the ball well but was undone by being slightly off with the short irons or putter. 

Woods has tweaked his short iron swing, and it has been a little erratic, but he began to dial it in on the back—like he did on his second shot on No. 14

He also displayed his improved depth control on this tee shot on the Par-3 17th. 

Tiger made that birdie putt, which gave him three birdies out of the past four, and that led him to a strong finish for the day as he hit a three-under 33 on the back. That let him end the day with a 69 and put him at eight under par for the tournament. 

It could be an exciting Sunday if Tiger can keep that momentum rolling. 

Check out the full leaderboard here and the top contenders below. 


Third Round Leaderboard

1. Graeme McDowell -13
2. Keegan Bradley -11
T3. Tiger Woods -8
T3. Bo Van Pelt -8
5. Jim Furyk -7
6. Rickie Fowler -6
7. Nick Watney -5
T8. Bubba Watson -4
T8. Steve Stricker -4
T8. Webb Simpson -4

Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley, while dealing with the news he will have to change the way he putts in the future, is putting together a great tournament. 

Check out that putting style from Bradley as he birdied No. 10 on Saturday. 

Bradley had just one bogey on the day while shooting a five-under 67 to move 11-under for the tournament, and he is currently in second place. 

Bradley and McDowell will be the final group to tee off on Sunday.