Tiger at the top again at Medinah

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Tiger Woods atop the leaderboard was about the only thing that made Medinah look like a major.

Tiger at the top again at Medinah

Medinah, Illinois:

Tiger Woods atop the leaderboard was about the only thing that made Medinah look like a major. The PGA Championship became a barrage of birdies Saturday, turning the final major of the year into a wide-open affair until Woods fired off three straight of his own and suddenly made it look like an open-and-shut case. He matched the course record with a 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with British-born Luke Donald, who lives in the Chicago area and got plenty of support on his way to a 66. Donald might need more than that to stop Woods on Sunday. Woods is 11-0 in the majors when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead, and he got there with one last birdie on the par-3 17th. His 12-foot putt nearly spun out of the hole, and Woods pointed his finger at the cup as if telling his golf ball to behave. He had a one-shot lead last month at the British Open and pulled away early for a two-shot victory. He was tied for the lead seven years ago at Medinah in the '99 PGA Championship and held off a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Woods soared into the lead with a string of splendid shots, starting with a 3-iron from 250 yards over Lake Kadijah to 6 feet on the par-3 13th. Then came a bunker shot to 2 feet on the par-5 14th, and a 9-iron from a sand-filled divot to three feet on the 15th. All that went wrong was a three-putt bogey on the next hole, ending his streak of 50 holes at par or better. He and Donald were at 14-under 202, tying the 54-hole record in relation to par at this major. David Toms was at 14-under 196 through three rounds when he won the PGA in Atlanta five years ago. Ten players were tied for the lead at one point. Woods came along, and it looked like it might be a one-man show until Donald hit his tee shot into four feet on the 17th to join him. They still have plenty of company, and some of those faces are familiar. Mike Weir, who shared the 54-hole lead with Woods in 1999 at Medinah, also shot 65 despite a bogey on the final hole. He was at 204. One shot behind was US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, one of the few who was able to recover from a mistake. He took double bogey on the first hole but scratched out a 68 to finish at 205. Garcia and former PGA champion Shaun Micheel (67) were another shot back. (AP)

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