AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Padraig Harrington responded to a late charge
by Tiger Woods with one of his own Saturday and shot a 3-under 67
at rain-softened Firestone to build a three-shot lead going into
the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods put some life into a dreary afternoon of rain with four
birdies over his last six holes for a 65 that left him tied for the
lead when he walked off the course and fans chasing after him to cheer his charge.
It didn't last long, however, as Harrington ran off three
birdies in a four-hole stretch to seize control. And even after the
Irishman made a careless bogey on the par-5 16th, he answered with
a 20-foot birdie on the 17th to restore his three-shot lead.
Of his 69 victories on the PGA Tour, Woods has only won five
times when trailing by three shots or more. Two of those came
earlier this year when he made up a five-shot deficit at Bay Hill
and a four-shot deficit at the Memorial.
Harrington was at 10-under 200.