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Zach Johnson seizes World Challenge lead from Woods

AFP, THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA

Zach Johnson holed out from the fairway for an eagle at the final hole on Saturday to seize the lead from Tiger Woods after three rounds of the Chevron World Challenge.

Former world No. 1 Woods, chasing a first title in more than two years, started the day with a three-shot lead, but had his troubles at wind-whipped Sherwood Country Club in the US$5 million tournament he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation.

Three of his five bogeys came on par-five holes as Woods posted a one-over 73 that left him on seven-under 209 — one shot behind 2007 Masters champion Johnson’s total of 208.

Johnson, who claimed the last of his seven US PGA Tour victories at Colonial last year, seized the lead with a flourish at the final hole, where his seven-iron from 163 yards out-hit the green and hopped into the cup for an eagle and a four-under 68.

Johnson’s finish erased the sour taste of back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17.

He had parred his first 10 holes before nabbing an eagle at the par-five 11th, which he followed with birdies at 12 and 13.

South Korea’s K.J. Choi carded an even par 72 for sole possession of third place on five-under 211 heading into the final round.

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