World No. 1 player Tiger Woods of the United States has a one-stroke lead over Australian Rod Pampling headed into the third round of theoutside Washington. Woods overcame a shaky start to take the lead early Friday.
Friday did not start well for Tiger Woods. After shooting par on his first hole, he bogeyed the second hole of his round. However, Woods was able to recover and shoot five birdies in a round of 4-under-par 66. The No. 1 player is 10-under-par 130. Tiger said afterward that patient play was the key to his score. "You know that's how you are able to keep yourself in the golf tournament. I made a couple of key putts. Played well early, lost it there in the middle part of the round and then hit some good shots coming in," he said.
Pampling shot a 6-under-par 64 in his second round and is nine-under-par 131 for the tournament.
Defending champion Anthony Kim of the United States is in third place at eight-under-par. Kim shot an even par 70 Friday and said after the round he was not concerned with Tiger's score, he was playing to win. "I know he's obviously the best player in the world. We're all out here trying to beat everyone's brains out whether it's Tiger or Jim (Furyk) or Davis (Love III). So I had my hands full with my game, so I wasn't too worried about what he was doing," he said.
The tournament is being played on the Congressional Country Club's Blue Course in Bethesda, Maryland. It is one of the last U.S. PGA Tour events before the British Open tees off at Turnberry, in Scotland July 16.