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Cejka five ahead of Tiger

GERMANY'S Alex Cejka held a five-shot lead at the end of the third round of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Saturday but Tiger Woods moved ominously into joint second spot.

Woods, who shot a two-under 70 to move into a group of six players tied second on six-under, said he was "back in the ball-game" despite another topsy-turvy round.

There will be intense pressure on Cejka who is paired with the world No. 1 in the final round.

The 38-year-old German, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, carded an even-par 72 to extend his two-stroke overnight lead to five as other players struggled with fast greens and scorching heat at the TPC Sawgrass.

After canceling out birdies on the 11th and 12th with straight bogeys on his next two holes, Cejka capped his round with a birdie on the par-four final hole, a sublime 167-yard approach landing just four feet from the hole.

Woods, yet to hit form since coming back from an eight-month injury layoff, battled through some wayward shots but finished strongly with birdies on the 16th and the island-green 17th. "I'm just grinding it out. This is basically the fifth major and that is how it is playing," said Woods.

In Williamsburg, Virginia, Lindsey Wright shot a seven-under 64 and Cristie Kerr had a 66 to share the third-round lead as Lorena Ochoa faltered in the Michelob Ultra Open on Saturday.

Top-ranked Ochoa shot 74 with only two birdies, both of which were canceled out by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th. She started three ahead but ended the day five strokes behind.


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