THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods is a round away from ending his worst year with a familiar finish.

Woods regained control with three straight birdies early in his round, then finished with a shot that covered the flag for a tap-in birdie Saturday that gave him a 4-under 68 in the Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club.

It was the first time all year that Woods has posted four straight rounds in the 60s, dating to his final-round 65 in Australia. What mattered was keeping his 4-shot lead over U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell (69).

No one else was within 8 shots of the lead, and Woods has never lost a tournament that he has led by at least three shots going into the final round.

Woods, who has gone more than a year without winning, was at 17-under 199. But after eight months of looking like an ordinary player, he is starting to resemble the guy who has won 82 times around the world, including 14 majors. It was his lowest score and largest lead after 54 holes since the BMW Championship last year, which he won by 8.


ORLANDO, Fla. - South Korea's Amy Yang shot a 1-over 73 to take a 1-stroke lead over Sweden's Maria Hjorth with one round left in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. Yang had a 6-under 210 total at Grand Cypress Golf Club.

Sunshine Tour

SUN CITY, South Africa - Top-ranked Lee Westwood shot a 1-under 71 to take a 5-stroke lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

PGA Tour of Australia

SYDNEY - Australian star Geoff Ogilvy shot a 5-under 67 to increase his lead to 5 strokes after the third round of the Australian Open. Ogilvy had a 16-under 200 total at Lakes Golf Club.

PGA Tour Qualifying

ORLANDO, Fla. - Ben Martin and James Driscoll continued to post rounds in the 60s at PGA Tour qualifying school to move two rounds closer to earning their tour cards.