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Tiger Woods Goes 3 Up on Ernie Els

July 23, 2006

HOYLAKE, England (AP) _ No. 5 has been very, very good to Tiger Woods this week at the British Open. It was no different on Sunday, as Woods eagled the hole to extend his lead over Ernie Els in final round action.

Woods had birdied No. 5 in each of the first three rounds. The eagle moved him to 15-under for the tournament. At the time, Els was two shots back. But Els found trouble on the eighth hole, hitting his second shot into the bunker. He wound up with a bogey, falling three shots off Woods’ pace.

Els had birdied No. 5 to move into a temporary tie atop the leaderboard at 13-under before Tiger’s eagle.

Chris DiMarno, who hit a birdie putt on No. 6 to move back into contention, was also three shots back. Andres Romero of Argentina, playing in his first British Open Championship, had three consecutive birdies on No. 3, 4, and 5. Romero was at 10-under.

Sergio Garcia struggled with his putting and fell off the pace with two quick bogeys on the second and third holes. After a bogey on No. 8, Garcia was six shots back at 9-under.

Adam Scott, who was a 100-1 shot to win the tournament, birdied No. 10 to move into fourth place at 11-under.

Woods, who was atop the leaderboard to begin the day, has a 10-0 record with the lead going into the final round of a major.

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