3-way tie for Ba­hamas lead; Woods at bot­tom

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Tony Finau had never seen Al­bany Golf Club un­til the pro-am at the Hero World Chal­lenge, and one as­pect of the course caught his eye im­me­di­ately.

“When I’m play­ing well, I feel like I can score on any golf course, es­pe­cially a course that has five par 5s,” Finau said.

He made birdie on four of them Sat­ur­day, lead­ing him to a 5-un­der 67 that gave him a share of the lead with Hen­rik Sten­son and Jon Rahm and set up a wide-open con­clu­sion that could fea­ture more than half the 18-man field.

The tour­na­ment host is not among them.

Tiger Woods took three shots from just off the green at the par-5 third hole – chip­ping is tough on every­one at Al­bany – for a dou­ble bo­gey and a ragged start that never got much bet­ter un­til a few late birdies sal­vaged a 72.

He was in last place, 11 shots out of the lead.

“It’s def­i­nitely not alarm­ing, for sure,” said Woods, in his first 72-hole event since win­ning the Tour Cham­pi­onship. “I just haven’t played clean.”

Sten­son and Rahm each had a 3-un­der 69 to join Finau at 13-un­der 203.

Sten­son and Finau are go­ing for their first vic­tory of the year, even though this hol­i­day event is not at­tached to any tour and is con­sid­ered un­of­fi­cial ex­cept for the world rank­ing points.

Gary Wood­land, who was over par to­ward the end of his open­ing round, had a 67 and sud­denly is only two shots be­hind. Rickie Fowler also had a 67, and sud­denly the de­fend­ing cham­pion is back in the mix at three shots be­hind.


Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship: De­fend­ing cham­pion Cameron Smith shot a 5-un­der 67 to in­crease his lead to three strokes over Marc Leish­man at Royal Pines in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia. Mau­ri­tius Open: Kurt Ki­tayama and Justin Hard­ing were tied for the lead at 16 un­der par and held a three-shot ad­van­tage head­ing into the fi­nal round in Beau Champ, Mau­ri­tius.

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