Updated: Sunday, 08 December 2013 08:14 | By Agence France-Presse

Woods maintains two-shot lead at windy World Challenge

Tiger Woods's even-par 72 was enough to give the tournament host the third-round lead on a blustery day at the World Challenge on Saturday.


Woods maintains two-shot lead at windy World Challenge

Tiger Woods hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the third round at Sherwood Country Club on December 7, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, California

A day after he hit every green in regulation en route to a 10-under par 62 that equalled his own Sherwood Country Club course record, Woods found the going tougher on a day that started in cold rain and ended with the sun shining and a chilly wind whipping.

Woods notched the last of his four birdies at the par-four 18th, balancing four bogeys as he built a 54-hole total of 11-under par 205 and maintained his two-stroke cushion over fellow American Zach Johnson.

Johnson briefly took a one-stroke lead after a birdie at the ninth, but two-double bogeys -- at the par-three 12th and 15th -- kept him from applying more pressure.

He, too, birdied 18 to cap an even-par 72 for 207.

Bubba Watson was alone in third after a 69 for 209. Watson's was one of just four rounds under par produced by the elite field of 18.

One of those belonged to former world number one Rory McIlroy, whose four-under 68 was an impressive low round of the day but still left him 13 shots off the lead after his struggles in the first two rounds.

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