Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Els continues to hold on to lead while Woods fades

AP , THOMASTOWN, IRELAND

Ernie Els held off some early charges on a blustery Saturday and shot a 4-under 68 to finish where he started -- with a two-stroke lead at the American Express Championship and in great shape to capture his first World Golf Championship title.

It was only fitting that Els was atop the leaderboard at Mount Juliet.

The most global player in golf is being chased by a slew of international players, from Thomas Bjorn to Padraig Harrington, from David Howell to Retief Goosen.

The lone American among the top seven was British Open champion Todd Hamilton, who grew up in Illinois but earned his keep for a dozen years in Asia.

The final round will be played in threesomes today.

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