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Woods Leads German Golf by 3 Shots

May 23, 1999

HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) _ Tiger Woods built his lead to three strokes Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Open, again solving a blowing wind better than the other big names in the field as he fired a 4-under-par 68.

Woods, reportedly paid $1 million just to appear in the tournament, is now 11-under-par at 215 after three rounds. He built the lead by nailing birdies on the 16th and 18th holes.

England’s Peter Baker and Brian Davis, who briefly moved even with Woods midway through the round, were second at 8-under 218 with two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els of Africa at 7-under.

The huge money paid Woods to be the star attraction at an event and enter his first European tour event on the continent, didn’t appear to bother the competition.

Six of the world’s top 10 ranked player have been lured to the $2.1 million event.

``Some people just take the money and go sightseeing _ it’s nice to see Tiger and Els have come to play,″ said Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.

Montgomerie, the PGA European tour’s leading money-winner in recent years, was at 4-under 222 along with 19-year-old Sergio Garcia of Spain.

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