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Tiger Woods keeps slim lead at PGA Championship

A birdie on No.  14 pumps up Tiger Woods, who has had 
the lead through three rounds.

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A birdie on No.  14 pumps up Tiger Woods, who has had the lead through three rounds.

CHASKA, Minn. — The coronation of Tiger Woods turned into a contest Saturday at the PGA Championship.

What had looked so inevitable — Woods with a four-shot lead on the weekend at a major — suddenly became filled with possibilities at Hazeltine. Only his late birdie and a lone bogey from Padraig Harrington gave the final major a familiar look.

Woods shot 71 to wind up at 8-under 208 — two ahead of Harrington and Y.E. Yang — in pursuit of his 15th major victory.

Woods played conservatively, allowing his lead to be cut in half. He found little wrong with that.

"I didn't give myself a lot of looks at putts," he said. "I was lag putting a lot. Given the conditions and my position in the tournament, I didn't mind it."

Woods' only fist pump came on the short par-4 14th. He hit 3-wood to the back of the green then chipped so poorly through the green that his ball wound up against the fringe. But he used the blade of his sand wedge to knock in a 15-foot birdie.

INSIDE: MORE ON Y.E. YANG, PAIRED WITH TIGER TODAY. 10C

PGA leaderboard

Tiger Woods 67 70 71 -8

Padraig Harrington 68 73 69 -6

Y.E. Yang 73 70 67 -6

Henrik Stenson 73 71 68 -4

Lucas Glover 71 70 71 -4

Ernie Els 75 68 70 -3

Soren Kjeldsen 70 73 70 -3

Today on TV: 11 a.m., TNT; 2 p.m., Ch. 10

Weather: Wind 7 to 10 mph, mostly cloudy, up to 50 percent chance of rain. High 76.

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