Friday, June 22, 2018

Tiger Woods six out of lead at Turkish Open

ANTALAYA, Turkey — Victor Dubuisson of France opened up a five-shot lead after the third round at the Turkish Open on Saturday, and Tiger Woods kept himself in the mix despite three bogeys on the back nine.

Dubuisson opened with four straight birdies and added five more in a bogey-free 9-under 63. He moved to 21-under 195 in the European Tour event to distance himself from the field.

Second-round co-leader Ian Poulter (68) was alone in second, and Woods (68) and second-round co-leader Henrik Stenson (69) were among four players sitting another shot back at 15 under.

Woods had an eventful round, including hurting his right hand when his club hit a tree on the 11th hole. He seemed to escape without a serious injury.

"My arm is a little tender," he said. "I smoked it on something. I don't know what I hit, but I hit something hard. I just dealt with it and just played through it. I won't need any treatment."

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 birdie on No. 18.

"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."

His drive on the par-5 11th landed well right of the fairway. He hit a 3-wood that brushed the tree, and he immediately jumped into the air and began shaking his right hand. The shot landed in a greenside bunker, but he went on to birdie the hole and didn't show any effects the rest of the round.

Dubuisson has yet to win on tour, with three third-place finishes as his best results.

"I know Tiger and Henrik will shoot very low scores, so I have to keep the same strategy (today), " he said.

PGA: Second-round leader Chris Kirk and Briny Baird were tied for the lead at 10-under 200 after the third round of the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. Kirk holed a 25-foot putt on 18 for 2-under 68, and Baird followed with an 8-foot birdie putt for 67. They were one shot ahead of Kevin Stadler (65), Brian Gay (66) and John Senden (68).

LPGA: Mamiko Higa, Yuki Ichinose and Shiho Oyama shared the second-round lead in the Mizuno Classic at 8-under 136 in Shima, Japan. Higa and Ichinose shot 6-under 66. Oyama, the first-round leader, had her second straight 68. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (68) and Asako Fujimoto (67) were a stroke back in the 54-hole tournament.

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