Tiger Woods trails leader Jason Gore by two at Wyndham Championship

Tiger Woods trails leader Jason Gore by two at Wyndham Championship
Jason Gore, teeing off at No. 18, shot a 62 during the third round of the Wyndham Championship on Saturday at Sedgefield Country Club. (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)

Tiger Woods kept himself in contention for a victory at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., that would propel him into the postseason.

Woods shot a two-under-par 68 in the third round Saturday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Jason Gore in a three-way tie for second. Gore had a 62 to reach 15-under 195.


"I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies," Woods said. "There's a bunch of guys … at 13 (under). There's a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas (Blixt) did."

Woods — whose streak of 28 holes without a bogey ended on the 18th when his six-foot par putt lipped out — reeled off 10 consecutive pars before briefly moving within one stroke of Gore with a birdie on the par-three 16th.

"I felt very steady from the word `go,"' Woods said.

Blixt and Scott Brown joined Woods at 13 under. Blixt shot a career-best 62, and Brown had a 66.

Former Wyndham winners Webb Simpson (64) and Brandt Snedeker (67) were three strokes back along with Paul Casey (66), Jim Herman (66) and Cameron Percy (67).

Woods was poised to make a run at his first win in more than two years -- one that would earn him enough points to clinch a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week in New Jersey. Depending on the math, a solo second-place finish also might be enough for Woods, who's at No. 187.

"I think it's awesome to see him playing well again, to see him playing like Tiger Woods," Gore said, "because that's what we all want to see."

He also moved one step closer to his 80th PGA Tour victory -- and first since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Playing the Wyndham for the first time in an effort to hone his game and earn a spot in The Barclays, Woods is attempting to win a tournament in his first try since 1999, when he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Spain.

For him, this day was about consistently making pars -- 15 in all, including a remarkable save on the 10th with a 24-foot putt.

"The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive," Woods said. "I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them. I took a rip at them. Some I made, some I didn't."

His only birdie on the back nine was an important one. He plopped his tee shot on 16 about 12 feet from the hole and rolled in the putt to move to 14 under before giving that stroke back on his final hole.

That bogey prevented a final Sunday pairing with Gore — who was instead paired with Blixt. Gore says he's known Woods "since we've been 12 years old" as kids in California.

DeChambeau to play Bard in U.S. Amateur final


Southern Methodist University rising senior Bryson DeChambeau, the 2015 NCAA champion, will meet Derek Bard, a University of Virginia junior who won the Sunnehanna Amateur, in the 36-hole final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif., a 2015 United States Walker Cup team selection, defeated Sean Crocker, a USC sophomore, 4 and 3, in Saturday's semifinals.

"To be here with the best players in the world that have played here and won here, is pretty incredible: Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a couple others, it's incredible," said DeChambeau.

Bard, 20, of New Hartford, N.Y., beat Kenta Konishi, a Japanese national team member, 3 and 2, in the other semifinal.

Ko, Kung share LPGA event lead in Canada

Two-time champion Lydia Ko bogeyed the final hole for a three-under 69 to fall into a tie with Candie Kung for the third-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at Coquitlam.

After going 46 holes without a bogey, the 18-year-old Ko hit her approach on the par-four 18th near the face of the right-side bunker, blasted out to 10 feet and missed the putt.

Kung, the second-round leader after tying the Vancouver Golf Club record with a 64, had a 71 to match Ko at 12-under 204. Alison Lee was third at 10 under after a 66.

Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title in 2013 as an amateur in Edmonton, Alberta. She has two victories this year.

The 34-year-old Kung, from Taiwan, won the last of her LPGA Tour titles in 2008.

Andrade in the lead at Champions Tour event

Billy Andrade made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th hole for a seven-under 65 and a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

The 51-year-old Andrade had eight birdies -- three in a row on Nos. 13-15 -- and a bogey to reach 10-under 134 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The four-time PGA Tour winner teamed with Joe Duran to win the Legends of Golf in April for his first Champions Tour title.

Bernhard Langer and Jeff Freeman were tied for second. Langer, the 2010 winner, had a 66, and Freeman shot 68. Fred Couples, from Seattle, was tied for fourth at four under after a 71.