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World Challenge 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 1, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2012

Graeme McDowell just keeps rolling in Thousand Oaks, Calif., but Keegan Bradley is right on his heels.

The two stayed one-two atop the leaderboard at the World Challenge from Sherwood Country Club after Saturday's third-round action. McDowell fired a four-under 68 to keep the lead and Bradley was one shot better with a five-under 67.

He goes into the final round trailing by just two shots. Tiger Woods is still lurking at only five shots back after he shot three-under on the day.

 

Biggest Riser

Bubba Watson moved up eight spots on the leaderboard to tie for eighth at four-under for the tournament. He probably won't win the event, but he made up a ton of ground on Saturday.


Biggest Faller

Jason Dufner's three-over 75 dropped him seven spots on the leaderboard. The green was certainly unkind to 35-year-old from Ohio.

Here is a look at an expanded leaderboard:

(Per ESPN)

POS START CTRY PLAYER TOTAL TODAY THRU R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 1 Graeme McDowell -13 -4 F 69 66 68 - 135
2 1 Keegan Bradley -11 -5 F 69 69 67 - 205
3 1 Tiger Woods -8 -3 F 70 69 69 - 208
T4 1 Bo Van Pelt -8 -1 F 70 68 70 - 138
T4 1 Jim Furyk -7 -1 F 69 69 71 - 209
6 1 Rickie Fowler -6 -2 F 73 67 70 - 210
7 1 Nick Watney -5 -1 F 67 73 71 - 211
T8 1 Bubba Watson -4 -5 F 71 74 67 - 212
T8 1 Steve Stricker -4 -4 F 73 71 68 - 212
T8 1 Webb Simpson -4 -3 F 70 73 69 - 212
T11 1 Zach Johnson -2 -2 F 74 70 70 - 214
T11 1 Matt Kuchar -2 E F 73 69 72 - 214
T11 1 Dustin Johnson -2 E F 74 68 72 - 214
14 1 Hunter Mahan -1 -1 F 71 73 71 - 215
T15 1 Ian Poulter E -1 F 73 72 71 - 216
T15 1 Brandt Snedeker E +1 F 75 68 73 - 216
T15 1 Jason Dufner E +3 F 73 68 75 - 216
18 1 Jason Day +2 E F 71 75 72 - 218

 

Highlights

Tiger Woods put on a birdie show in the back-nine. His strong finish is what has put him in position to be a factor on Sunday.

Take a look at his birdies on 14, 15 and 17.

How did  Bradley shoot such a good round? The answer is shots like this one on the 16th hole.

He stuck his third shot on the par-five hole and subsequently converted the putt for a birdie on the hole.

 

Webb Simpson calmly sinks this impressive 23-foot putt on No. 14. He finished at four-under for the day.

 

Twitter Reaction

BBC's Mark Simpson is just soaking in the golf goodness in the season's last tournament.

What an end to the golf year it could be. Graeme McDowell close to first win in 2 years. Two shots clear at World Challenge after 3 rounds.

— Mark Simpson (@BBCMarkSimpson) December 1, 2012

If Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel thinks this heckle is bad, she should hear what fans were saying to LeBron James and Kris Humphries last season.

Keegan Bradley, who uses anchored putter, says he was heckled by crowds at World Challenge. One fan called him a "cheater". #sad

— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) December 1, 2012

Woods has shown up at his own tournament. He's apparently putting his game where his money is.

[Article] Tiger Woods reaches into his own pockets to help cover operating costs of World Challenge: bit.ly/RrZUzZ

— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 1, 2012

 

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