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Pebble Beach: Tiger Woods within three in third round

February 11, 2012 | 12:08 pm

Tiger Woods said he would need to shoot a low score Saturday to get himself into contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Tiger knew what he was talking about.

Woods, playing the Pebble Beach course, birdied five of his last six holes on the back nine of Pebble, where he started the round including making a rousing 22-foot birdie putt on the par-three 17th hole.

Currently 10-under for the tournament after parring the first hole, Woods is tied for fourth, three shots behind leader Charlie Wi, the 40-year-old from Los Angeles who has never won on the PGA Tour. Wi used to play with Woods when they were kids.

Woods has been driving the ball accurately, missing two fairways and one green in regulation so far and through nine holes he had 13 putts.

Two shots behind Wi, who played his final year of college golf at University of California, are Irishman Padraig Harrington, who had shot a second round 66 to get into contention and who is three-under through six holes at Spyglass Hill; and Joseph Bramlett, also at Spyglass, who is four-under through five holes.

Kevin Na and Ricky Barnes are tied with Woods at 10-under on a day that is chilly and overcast but which has mostly remained dry.

Phil Mickelson, looking for his first win of the season, is at eight-under and tied for 11th through 11 holes at Pebble Beach.


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Photo: Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the 10th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press