Ernie surges as Tiger tumbles
Ernie Els has stormed into a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson in the final round at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Ernie Els stormed into a share of the lead alongside Phil Mickelson midway through the final round of the WBC-HSBC Champions today as world number one Tiger Woods plummeted down the leaderboard.
Els reached the turn at six under par for his round courtesy of an eagle before his fifth birdie of the day at the 10th moved the South African level with former champion Mickelson, a shot clear of Ryan Moore.
World number two Mickelson played his opening nine holes at Sheshan International Golf Club in level par to remain at 14 under par.
An out-of-sorts Woods, a two-time runner-up in Shanghai, shipped three shots over his front nine after missing several short putts to fall five shots off the pace after beginning the final round in second place and two adrift of overnight leader Mickelson.
Moore picked up two shots over his opening 10 holes to remain firmly in the hunt, with a storming Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney a further shot off the pace.
McIlroy reached the turn in a brilliant six-under 30 after carding seven birdies against a solitary bogey.
But the birdies for the Dubai Desert Classic winner dried up on the back nine until one at 14 pushed him to 12 under and on course for a substantial boost to his bid for the Race to Dubai title.
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