• Honda Classic, Round Three

Westwood in the hunt heading into final round

ESPN staff
March 2, 2013 « Tiger admonishes Rory over controversial withdrawal | Chartbeat test »
Lee Westwood has a chance to win in Florida © Getty Images
Enlarge

Honda Classic leaderboard

Lee Westwood is firmly in the hunt heading into the final round of the Honda Classic, but Tiger Woods appears to be too far out of contention after a poor end to his day.

The Englishman, now based in the state of the Florida, is just two shots behind joint-leaders Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie heading into Sunday's conclusion.

Helped by a tidy short game over the closing nine, Westwood recovered from a sloppy start to shoot a round of 70 at PGA National on Saturday, good enough to keep at six-under overall alongside former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

Rickie Fowler and Charles Howell III are both one shot further behind, with Justin Rose among a group at four-under.

Woods, however, appears to be too far down the leaderboard to have a chance of winning, after a third successive round of 70 left him entrenched at even-par.

The 14-time major champion shot a 62 in the final round of this event last year to make a late surge towards victory - although Rory McIlroy ultimately fended him off - but even a repeat of that performance is unlikely to leapfrog him to the top spot this time.

The American looked to be on course to give himself a glimmer of hope when he briefly reached three-under, but a double-bogey at the par-three 17th - where he never found an tee-shot that was presumed to have embedded in a bank just beyond the water protecting the green.

That moment effectively derailed his round, although Woods is nevertheless targeting a strong finish on Sunday.

''If you play well, you can shoot about five- or six-under par, there's no doubt,'' Woods said. ''There are some accessible pins. The greens are perfectly smooth out there.

"They are not that fast, so you can be pretty aggressive.''

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Close