Woods extends advantage

03/08/2013 20:05:17
Tiger Woods   (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)
Runaway leader Tiger Woods pulled further clear of the field as the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational began.

The World Number One, seeking an incredible eighth win at Firestone Country Club, started the day seven shots clear of defending champion Keegan Bradley and England’s Chris Wood.

Having threatened the first 59 in European Tour history for long periods on Friday, Woods resumed in similar form with birdies at the first two holes taking him to 15 under par for the week.

Five straight pars followed, but he remained eight clear of Bradley, Wood and also American trio Jason Dufner, Bill Haas and Bubba Watson.

Wood, who admitted Woods had been his golfing icon since the age of ten, was putting on an impressive display in the final grouping.

The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters winner birdied the second and third, and although he dropped a shot at the next the former Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was still on course for a sizeable cheque on his tournament debut.

Wood’s compatriot Luke Donald and Swede Henrik Stenson were part of the group on five under par, tied for seventh.