After starting the day with a bogey, Campbell, of New Zealand, started putting together birdies with frightening frequency. "That was obviously a bad way to start," he said. I learned a lesson from that. Don't give up. It made me more focused, more determined." Campbell had ten birdies on the day, and narrowly missed a couple of others. His birdie putt on hole number 15, par-3 stopped an inch short of the cup.
Campbell said that before the round he was joking with playing partner Sergio Garcia of Spain that they would need to break the course record to get back into contention. "Now I'll probably need to break it again to beat Tiger," Campbell said. "It's going to be tough, but mentally I'm very confident." If he can tame Tiger on Sunday, Campbell would be the first golfer to win the Johnnie Walker Classic two years in a row.
Woods had another solid round Saturday, racking up 5 birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 545-yard seventh hole. As his 18-foot putt found the bottom of the cup, Woods let loose with one of his trademark uppercuts in exhilaration. He came close to another eagle on the par-4, 367-yard 13th hole when his lob-wedge approach found the upper tier of the green and rolled back just an inch past the hole. Woods bent over in disbelief and let out a laughing, plaintive, "come on." Later, he said, "I don't know how that didn't go in."
Pampling, who played in a threesome with Woods on Saturday, said "to keep in contention you pretty much have to go blow for blow with him. If he gets too far ahead it's impossible. Three behind is not out of it by any stretch of the imagination." Pampling finished second on the ANZ Tour Order of Merit in both 1998 and 1999, but has had a difficult year playing in the United States and trying to make the PGA Tour.
Australian Geoff Ogilvy shot a five-under-par 67 to take sole possession of fourth place, four strokes back of Woods, while former British Open champion Paul Lawrie and Australian Wayne Smith were tied at 13-under, five strokes back.
Woods said that going into the final day with a three-shot lead "is a nice position to be in." The world No. 1 has already won nine tournaments and more than $9 million in prize money this year. Asked if it felt good to be out in front going into the final day -- having failed to win the last two tournaments he contested, Woods said: "Yeah. I heard I was in a slump."
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