Leave it to Tiger Woods to get the focus back on golf.
After two months of playing second fiddle to El Nino and Casey Martin, Woods reminded everyone what all the fuss of Tigermania was about when he closed Saturday's third round of the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami with a sensational shot from a fairway bunker to be three strokes behind leader Michael Bradley.On a gusty day when he was betrayed by an erratic putter, Woods once again showed his flair for the dramatic when he nearly holed a choked-down 148-yard 7-iron from a lie below his feet in a fairway bunker on the last hole for a tap-in birdie for a 71 in the third round.
"How about that one?" Woods said with a huge smile after the ball nearly went in on the fly. "Oh man, you've got to love it."
And you'd have to love Woods' chances in Sunday's final round.
He is playing the most consistent golf of his pro career despite not having a victory since July.
Woods has two second-place finishes and a third on the PGA Tour this year and a victory in Thailand. In those four tournaments, he has finished with closing rounds of 64, 65, 66 and 68.
Bradley, meanwhile, battled a bad back and the swirling wind to create some drama of his own, shooting a 70 to be at 9-under-par 207, two strokes better than Stewart Cink, despite a back that may require surgery.
Mike Brisky, Woods and Billy Mayfair, who beat Woods in a playoff last week, were at 210. Another five players, including Vijay Singh, were at 211.
Nike Greater Austin Open
At Austin, Texas, Gene Sauers, who won two PGA Tour events in 14 years, tied a course record with a 65 Saturday to claim a share of the lead after three rounds of the Nike Greater Austin Open.
Sauers was at 204 after 54 holes at The Hills of Lakeway. First-round leader Michael Allen and former PGA Tour player Charlie Rymer were also tied for the lead. On Saturday, Allen shot his second 66 of the week and Rymer a 4-under 68.