Tiger Woods was closing the gap on Buick Open leader John Senden as the third round took shape in Michigan today.
World number one and two-time Buick Open winner Woods began the day in a tie for fifth place, four shots behind Australia’s Senden, whose second-round 66 had left atop the halfway leaderboard at 14 under par, two shots clear of American Michael Letzig at the par-72 Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc.
Not only had Senden’s lead over the field been cut to one stroke following a one-under-par front nine, but Woods had moved to within two shots of the lead.
With Senden at 15 under after nine holes, Letzig was in a tie for second place at 14 under after nine with fellow American Matt Bettencourt holding the clubhouse lead on the same mark following a seven-under 65.
Woods was in a tie for fourth place on 13 under with Bill Haas after 11 and 16 holes respectively, with the former champion, already a three-time winner this year, three under for his round.
There was a seven-way, all-American tie at 12 under with Scott Piercy in the clubhouse with a 64, while Ben Crane and Woody Austin got there posting 65s and Bob Heintz a 66. Still playing at 12 under for the tournament were Jimmy Walker, who had played 12 holes, Vaughn Taylor and Bill Lunde, both of whom had eight holes left.
Within four shots of the lead at 11 under were Australian duo Marc Leishman and Greg Chalmers while England’s Greg Owen, the only European to have made the cut, finished with a 70 to reach nine under.