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Tiger's Streak at an End?

The man himself is five shots behind former U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy heading into the final round. While we know some like Vijay Singh carded a 63 on Saturday — meaning there are how scores to be had — can Tiger overcome a five shot deficit to win?

Woods isn’t conceeding, at least not yet:

Woods signed his scorecard and eyed the scoreboard, taking note that two players shot 64 and two more shot 63 in the third round. Hard to say whether that made him feel better or worse, given the ground he’d lost with some of his flattest play in months.

“It can be had,” he said of the wet course. “I have a lot of work ahead of me and I need to get off to a quick start.”

CBS columnist Steve Elling says it’ll take a miracle.

I agree — but I wouldn’t count Woods out, especially if Ogilvy stumbles at all and Tiger smells blood on Doral’s tropical green fairways.

Either way, Tiger’s latest runs is one of the most remarkable the game of golf has ever witnessed.

As Ogilvy noted, Tiger’s most recent streak would be good enough for most — over their entire career:

Woods hasnt lost since last fall, having won six official worldwide events in succession, including a record-tying 3-0 mark this year on the PGA Tour. Hot streak? It’s bigger than that, really.

“That’s a good career,” Ogilvy cracked.

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Interesting note to see Ernie Els is moving to Florida full-time, partly to improve his game and partially for greater help for his son, who is autistic.

“For me to stay in England in the off-season is tough for me to do,” Els said after opening with a 74 in the CA Championship. “I’m a guy from South Africa. I love the sun. I can’t see myself sitting in the cold for three or fourth months. I don’t like that. I’ve always been comfortable down here. The schools for Ben, especially … there’s really good stuff happening over here for him.”

I would have thought — given the millions Els earns annually — that there would be good treatment for autism anywhere. Apparently it is still better in the U.S.

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Though it’ll probably go unnoticed, Mike Weir shot a flawless 5-under 67 in the third round to move up the leaderboard. Stephen Ames is right there with him — both tied at 14th. Is there much of a difference between the two Canadians these days? Maybe a couple of spots on the world rankings, but it appears Weir’s numbers are looking stronger than his Calgary counterpart these days.

One thing I don’t buy is Ames’ contention that he’s 15 to 20 yards longer than he used to be. This season he ranks 163rd in driving distance, at 272 yards on average. That’s not Corey Pavin short — but it is getting close. Weir isn’t much better— 277 off the tee — for 125th, but he’s 21st in putting. His greens in regulation (ie. his iron play) is also much improved over last year, and he’s 31st in ball striking.

If Weir’s hot putting continues, I expect to see him win again this year.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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