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Woods stays far back on another Bland day

MELBOURNE, Australia — Adam Bland has played in one major and two PGA Tour events. He was 75th on the Nationwide Tour money list and is headed to California tonight for the second stage of qualifying school.

But first he had a chance to win the Australian Masters, where he was 10 shots ahead of Tiger Woods on Saturday after three rounds.

Bland, 28, shot 1-under 70 to move to 11-under 202 and maintain the lead, three shots ahead of fellow Australian Daniel Gaunt.

In what has become a lost year for Woods, he missed three putts inside 5 feet on his first six holes and had to rally over the last 10 to finish at par 71 for the day.

This is the ninth time in 13 tournaments this year Woods has been behind by at least 10 going into the final round.

No longer No. 1 in the world, and likely to fall further behind Lee Westwood, Woods walked off the course in a steady rain, resigned that he will go a year without winning for the first time.

"Again, I struggled with the pace of the greens," he said. "I left countless putts short and got off to a bad start the first couple of holes, blocked two short putts. Consequently, I didn't get anything going."

Bland said that for help with his round, he gave caddie Jeremy Way explicit instructions to not talk about golf between shots.

"I've been pretty uptight for the last three months while I'm playing and really hating it out on the golf course," Bland said. "I just told (Way), 'We'll talk about golf when we get to the ball. (Any other time), the way the grass is growing, anything."

European: Adam Scott shot 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Singapore Open at 14-under 199. Defending champion Ian Poulter (68) and Kang Kyung-nam (67) were tied for second. Phil Mickelsen fell off the pace with a 75 that left him 12 strokes behind the lead in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen moved into position for her first tour victory of the year, shooting 3-under 69 for a one-stroke lead at 12-under 204 in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara, Mexico. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) moved up from last to next to last at 11 over.

PGA: Roland Thatcher shot 2-under 70 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic to take a four-stroke lead at 18-under 198 over Chris Stroud into the final round at Lake Buena Vista. Thatcher began the week 179th on the money list and needs to win or finish alone in second at the season's final tournament to make the top 125 to retain his tour card for next year. Nos. 126-150 get partial status.

Woods stays far back on another Bland day 11/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 7:53pm]
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