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Els (65) overtakes Woods

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Associated Press / February 3, 2008

Tiger Woods struggled yesterday, and Ernie Els took advantage, surging into the lead of the Dubai Desert Classic with a 7-under-par 65.

That doesn't mean Els thinks he can sit on his one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson with Woods another three strokes back going into the final round.

"Probably need a really low one tomorrow," Els said. "I can't see Henrik with Tiger and the other guys not shooting low, so just got to keep going tomorrow."

Woods, who led after the first two rounds, missed putts, hit wayward drives, and yelled at a photographer en route to a 73. He is at 7-under 209 and tied for fifth with five others.

"I didn't play well today," said Woods, who won the Buick Invitational last week by eight strokes for his fourth straight title. "I didn't hit the ball close enough on the greens, and consequently I was lag putting a lot. Never really gave myself a lot of looks at birdies."

Els had a bogey-free round, nailing an eagle on the 10th and adding five birdies to rise from fifth to first at 11-under 205. The South African has won the Dubai three times, in 1994, 2002, and 2005.

Defending champion Stenson shot a 68. European Tour money leader Lee Westwood (68) and Graeme McDowell (69) are tied at third at 208.

PGA - J.B. Holmes shot a 5-under 66 (14-under 199) to build a two-shot lead over Charles Warren (67) and Jonathan Byrd (68) through three rounds of the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., in front of a record 170,802 partying fans.

Holmes, who won the FBR as a rookie in 2006 but is winless since, took a 14-under 199 total into today's final round with just over $1 million at stake for the winner.

"The entire golf course had people everywhere," said Phil Mickelson, who is 10 under. "It's so special for this tournament, for the game of golf, to have something like this."

Ladies European - Defending champion Karrie Webb had an even-par 73 in windy conditions and is one shot behind leader Lindsey Wright (72, 3-under 216) entering the final round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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