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Tiger, Haas Tied for Lead at Golf Tour Championship


World number three golfer Tiger Woods and countryman Jay Haas share the lead headed into the final round of the Tour Championship, the final official event of the PGA Tour season. Woods is attempting to win his first official tournament since February.

Woods shot a five under par, 65 in the third round while Haas had a two under par, 68. Both golfers are nine under par, 201 for three rounds. Tiger has not won a tournament since the Accenture Match play championship in February. Tiger says the possibility of winning the season-ending tournament is exhilarating.

"It would be great because I have this event and I have four more events that I have to go play in after this, so it feels real good, especially since I have a good buddy of mine out there with me," said Tiger Woods. "And it is going to be a great battle tomorrow."

Jay Haas - the winner of this year's Payne Stewart award for his respect for the game, charitable conduct and personal integrity - says that he got into a groove Saturday and was able to keep pace with Woods.

"For me, I can not muscle it out of this rough," said Jay Haas. "I am going to have a lot longer shots to the greens if I do hit it into the rough. So I need to put the ball in the fairway and I did that the first three days so far."

Former Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen of South Africa and Stephen Ames of Canada are tied for third, four strokes off the lead at five under par, 205.

The tournament is the last of the PGA Tour's 2004 season. It is being played on the par 70 East Lake Golf Club course in Atlanta, Georgia. The winner takes home more than $1 million.