Hoffman consolidates lead as Woods falters on windy day
Albany: Charley Hoffman played a solid two-under 70 on an extremely windy day to maintain his lead in the Hero World Challenge while Tiger Woods faltered with as many as five bogeys in the third round to slip down to Tied-10th here.
Hoffman goes into the final round as the favourite, having taken a five-shot lead over Justin Rose (71) and Jordan Spieth (72), who are Tied-2nd.
On a blustery day, Woods fell back from a promising Tied-5th to lose five positions while Hoffman extended his lead from four to five shots in his tournament debut. First round leader Tommy Fleetwood (74) dropped to Tied- 5th alongside Patrick Reed (71), Rickie Fowler (72), Matt Kuchar (72) and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (72).
For Woods the best part of the day on the course seemed to have come before the round when he hugged his kids, his 10 -year-old daughter Sam and 8-year-old son Charlie, who flew over from Florida. However on the course, it was all struggle for the 41- year-old tournament host until he recovered with birdies on 14th and 17th hole.
Hoffman may not have won since May 2016 when he took the Texas Open, but has had a great 2017. He had two second place finishes, two third place and as many other Top-10s in 2017 besides contending at the Masters and the US Open. The wind at 20 miles per hour at times was at its strongest as only two players carded 70 each Hoffman and Daniel Berger who is in the back of the pack at Tied-16th while three others Rose, Molinari and Reed were under par with 71 each.