The American team of Tiger Woods and David Duval has pulled to within three shots of the leaders from New Zealand heading into the final day of the World Cup of Golf in Gotemba, Japan.

The defending champion duo started the third round in third place, five shots behind David Smail and Michael Campbell, but used 10 birdies against just one bogey to fire a nine-under-par 63 in Saturday's best-ball competition. The Americans' three round total of 19 under (197) gives them a shot at catching New Zealand when the teams are paired in the final alternate-shot round.

Tied for third, four shots off the lead, are teams from Argentina, France, South Africa and Japan. The Japanese hosts were in second place heading into round three.

Meanwhile, Defending Australian PGA champion Robert Allenby holds a slim one-shot lead over fellow Australians Geoff Ogilvy and Craig Parry heading into Sunday's final round of this year's event in Brisbane.

Allenby's 2-under-par 70 Saturday gives him a three round total of 12 under (204). He used a five meter eagle putt on the third hole to finish the day in front.