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A course record has put Tiger Woods in pole position with a hefty lead on the final day of the BMW Championship.

Tiger Woods was in pole position with a hefty lead heading into the final day of the BMW Championship in Illinois after shooting a course-record 62 at the Cog Hill Country Club’s Dubsdread course on Saturday.
The American had been tied at the top of the leaderboard with Mark Wilson overnight, but his fellow American fell away badly today with a level-par 71 to find himself tied for sixth with Australian John Senden on seven under.
Senden had earlier held the clubhouse lead after an excellent third round of 66.
Woods’ impressive nine-under-par round featured a delightful eagle at the par-five ninth as he finished his round seven shots clear on 16-under-par.
The world number one’s round equals the tournament record set by Jim Furyk at Bellerive last year while the previous Cog Hill record had stood at 63.
Woods is a four-time winner of this event.
Woods believes momentum played a major part in his excellent round.
“After I got past the first hole I was doing all right,” he said. “It was one of those days that kind of built upon itself.
“I’ve always liked this course. I played here even as an amateur in the old Western Open.
“I’ve always felt comfortable playing this golf course. Even though the golf course has changed this year for us, the routing is still the same, and I’ve always felt comfortable playing this golf course for some reason, and even though, for instance, they changed Torrey Pines South, I still feel comfortable on the property. And this is very similar to that.”
His closest challenger right now are compatriot Brandt Snedeker and Australian Marc Leishman who were nine-under after rounds of 66 and 68 respectively.
Padraig Harrington continued his steady form in Illinois, adding a 69 to his previous two rounds of 68 which saw the Irishman head into tomorrow’s final round sharing fourth with Matt Kuchar on eight under.
The European Ryder Cup pair of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia were tied for eighth with Jim Furyk on six-under.
ALL THE THIRD ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):

197 Tiger Woods 68 67 62
204 Marc Leishman (Aus) 67 69 68, Brandt Snedeker 69 69 66
205 Matt Kuchar 71 68 66, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 68 68 69
206 John Senden (Aus) 70 70 66, Mark Wilson 69 66 71
207 Jim Furyk 70 70 67, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 71 68 68, Bubba Watson 69 68 70, Luke Donald (Eng) 70 69 68
208 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 66 70 72, Zach Johnson 73 65 70, Sean O’Hair 70 68 70, Bo Van Pelt 67 69 72, David Toms 68 71 69, Ian Poulter (Eng) 69 71 68
209 Kevin Na 72 72 65, Kevin Sutherland 75 67 67
210 Phil Mickelson 71 69 70, Anthony Kim 69 69 72, Bill Haas 71 68 71
211 Steve Marino 66 77 68, Heath Slocum 70 69 72, Charles Howell III 69 72 70
212 John Rollins 73 65 74, Chad Campbell 70 70 72, Mike Weir (Can) 72 69 71, Stephen Ames (Can) 76 67 69
213 Dustin Johnson 69 73 71, Brian Davis (Eng) 71 70 72, Steve Stricker 72 73 68, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 72 71 70, Jason Dufner 74 70 69, Camilo Villegas (Col) 68 74 71, John Mallinger 68 76 69
214 Nick Watney 70 71 73, Bryce Molder 70 73 71
215 Hunter Mahan 73 73 69, Jeff Overton 72 68 75, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 72 72 71
216 Charlie Wi (Kor) 71 73 72, Kenny Perry 77 69 70, Pat Perez 72 71 73, Charley Hoffman 73 71 72, Robert Allenby (Aus) 75 74 67, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 68 73 75, Stewart Cink 72 74 70
217 Justin Leonard 73 69 75, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 73 75 69, Scott Verplank 70 75 72, Webb Simpson 70 74 73
218 Jerry Kelly 76 73 69, Davis Love III 74 77 67, Ryan Moore 71 72 75
219 Paul Goydos 74 72 73, Ernie Els (Rsa) 75 67 77, Brian Gay 73 71 75, Jason Day (Aus) 71 73 75, Jason Bohn 71 74 74
220 Ben Crane 75 69 76, Nathan Green (Aus) 73 74 73, Lucas Glover 74 75 71, Woody Austin 76 72 72, Tim Clark (Rsa) 78 69 73
221 Jonathan Byrd 69 79 73
222 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 71 78 73
223 J.B. Holmes 78 73 72

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