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Reed leads at Doral, Woods narrows gap

Final Round Preview –WGC-Cadillac Championship – Trump National at Doral – Miami, Florida

While Patrick Reed (4-under) leads the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National at Doral, the focus is on World No. 1 Tiger Woods.

Woods made a big move in round three shooting 66 to climb the leader board. He finished the day at T-4 and 1-under overall. He trails Reed by just three shots.

Reed, who is searching for this third PGA Tour victory, will be challenged by proven champions besides Woods. Hunter Mahan and former PGA champion Jason Dufner are both 2-under. Dufner led after round one before shooting 77 to slip back on Friday.

Reed tees off at 2:45 p.m. local time with Dufner, who is third this week in approaches inside 125 yards. Mahan, who is fourth on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained Putting, plays with Woods in the second-to-last pairing.

Winds have played a role in the scoring every day. Sunday’s conditions could be ideal for scoring, which opens the door for a number of players to win including Miguel Angel Jimenez, Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson – all at even par.

FedEx Cup leader Jimmy Walker is 1-over and just five back after a 67 in round three.

Woods, a four-time champion at this event, was a 12-to-1 betting pick heading in the week at Skybet.com, while Reed was an 80-1 long shot.

The Sunday final group pressure may be too much for Reed. This would be his biggest victory.

Other Golf News:

  • Rolex ranking No. 1 Inbee beat out Suzann Pettersen at the Ladies World Championship in China on the Ladies European Tour. Park shot 67 to finish 24-under overall and win by five strokes.
  • Chesson Hadley (16-under) leads the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open by one shot over Danny Lee. Chasing the leader is also a sleuth of veteran champions including David Toms and Jerry Kelly – both T-5.
  • Dustin Johnson, who has four Top 10s in five starts, leads the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation this season at 76 percent.
  • Long time European Tour standout Miguel Angel Jimenez makes his debut start on the Champions Tour in a few weeks. MAJ is 41st in the Official World Golf Rankings.
  • Dufner was a 50-1 pick to win at Doral.