THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Geoff Ogilvy stuck his hands in his pockets and hunched his shoulders on his way to the first tee Saturday in the Target World Challenge, not crazy about playing golf on a frigid day in a steady rain.

All the U.S. Open champion wanted to do was get back to the warmth of the clubhouse.

Having a one-shot lead when he got there was a bonus.

“When it started raining when we were teeing off, it didn’t bode well for the rest of the day,” Ogilvy said after a 5-under 67, the best score of the third round. “You just want to keep yourself in the golf tournament, as opposed to going the other way. Being in the last group tomorrow is always where you want to be.”

He got there with a hot start and a great finish, and an 8-iron inside 2 feet on his final hole that put him at 11-under 205, one shot clear of Chris DiMarco (68) and Tiger Woods (70).

And he got some help from the tournament host.

Woods had a one-shot lead when a huge break on the par-5 16th turned into his worst hole. His pulled his 3-wood so badly it was headed for a hazard when a fortunate hop off the cart path led to a free drop on the side of a hill, with enough of an opening to go for the green.

He sent a 5-wood into another hazard, hacked out into a bunker and failed to save par.

“I probably hit the wrong club on the second shot,” Woods said. “I was trying to get past that tree on the left and then pitch back, and in hindsight, it probably would have been better to hit 3-iron and played to the front edge.”

He wound up one shot behind, and thankful it wasn’t worse. He blocked his tee shot on the 18th and took another big risk, carving a blind shot over a mound, under trees and over the water. It went all the way over the green, and he chipped out of deep rough down the slope to 6 feet and saved par.

“I’m right there with a shot to win the tournament,” Woods said. “Geoff is playing great and, obviously, so is Chris. A bunch of pars is not going to get it done tomorrow, so hopefully, I can play a little bit better.”

DiMarco closed with three straight birdies, including a 40-footer on the par-3 17th. It left him a great chance to end his season the same way he started, with a victory. DiMarco won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the Middle East, although he remains winless on the PGA Tour since 2002.

“To be able to put that trophy over my head at the end of the year would be awesome,” DiMarco said, and the $1.35 million check would not be bad, either.

Ogilvy had four birdies after seven holes, and he finally conquered the 18th.

His tee shot has landed in about the same spot all three days. Thursday turned into a double bogey when he got a nasty lie around the bunker, and he hit a pedestrian shot Friday for a long, two-putt par. In the third round, his 8-iron spun back inside 2 feet to give him the outright lead.

Woods entered both tournaments Ogilvy won this year, although he wasn’t around on the weekend at either the U.S. Open (missed cut) or the Accenture Match Play Championship, where Woods was eliminated in the third round Friday.

Someone asked Ogilvy if he was aware Woods was out there at Sherwood Country Club.

Asia takes Lexus Cup lead

SINGAPORE – Playing captain Grace Park and Hee-Won Han beat Julieta Granada and Morgan Pressel 1-up in best-ball play Saturday to help Asia take a 7-5 lead over the International team in the Lexus Cup.

After splitting the six alternate-shot matches Friday, Asia won four of six matches Saturday in hot conditions to take the lead on Tanah Merah’s Garden Course. The LPGA Tour-sanctioned event will conclude Sunday with 12 singles matches.

“I’m not sure what happened. It just seems like the Asian team outplayed us today,” International captain Annika Sorenstam said. “A lot of matches went down to 18. It was a tough day for the International team. Obviously, tomorrow is going to be a big day. We have 12 points to grab and we need to grab as many as we can.”

Sorenstam has won both of her matches, teaming with childhood friend Carin Koch on Friday and Natalie Gulbis on Saturday. Han made a 30-foot birdie putt on 18 to beat Granada and Pressel.

“I knew that if I was paired with her coming down the stretch, she would pull it off,” said Park, one of nine South Korean players in Asia’s lineup.

“I’m very proud of my team. They obviously played very well, with a lot of energy, which is huge. … I think our chances of winning tomorrow are great. We have a lot of girls that are playing very well and they’re riding on confidence.”

Han, also from South Korea, won twice this year on the LPGA Tour. “Grace played pretty good. I just made that putt,” Han said. “The whole round, we were able to save each other on different holes.”

Granada, coming off a $1 million victory in the ADT Championship, tied the match with a birdie on 16 and the teams halved the 17th with pars.

Immelman’s course record puts him in front

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Trevor Immelman shot a course-record 9-under 63 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the South African Open.

Overnight leader Patrik Sjoland, who set the previous course record of 64 on Friday, shot 69 and slipped to third, five shots behind Immelman’s 20-under 196.

Ernie Els managed a 66 and was second to Immelman, the PGA Rookie of the Year, on the 6,963-yard, par-72 Humewood Golf Club course.

“It was a great day for me. Any time you can shoot a good round in Ernie’s presence is a great feeling,” Immelman said.

Els was satisfied with a round that included five birdies and an eagle. “I hit the ball beautifully, so I can’t complain. I’ve got to play the same in the final round and then I’ll definitely have a chance,” he said.

Els said that Immelman’s birdies at 11 and 18, where he made bogey and par, were the difference between the two.

Retief Goosen and Andrew Raitt shot 68 and were seven shots back in a tie for fourth. Lee Westwood shot his third consecutive 68 for a share of sixth with Darren Fichardt, who had a 7-under 65 for the third round.


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