(CNN) -- Italian Francesco Molinari remains one-stroke clear of world number one Lee Westwood after the pair both carded five-under-par 67s in the third round of the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
Molinari is on 202 (-14) after 54 holes, with Westwood still just a shot adrift, as the gap between the two European Ryder Cup colleagues continues to be the same as it was after Thursday's opening round.
"All in all, I'm obviously very happy to still be one in front of Lee going into Sunday, it's a really good position," Molinari told the official PGA Tour website.
Another European Ryder Cup star, Luke Donald, is four strokes off the pace after posting a 68, while Ross Fisher (69), Ernie Els (71) and Richie Ramsay (71) are tied for fourth a further stroke behind.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods' hopes of reclaiming his world number one ranking, after being overtaken by Westwood on Monday, appear remote after a one-over-par 73 left him 11 strokes off the pace.
"Not a very good day," Woods said. "I missed a lot of makeable putts, didn't hit the ball very well and just never got anything going."
Barring an improbable comeback, Woods will end the season without avictory for the first time in his career.
Westwood will remain top of the rankings if the Englishman finishes ahead of his three rivals Woods, Martin Kaymer and fourth-ranked Phil Mickelson.