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Tiger into contention as Campbell clings to lead

Defending champion Tiger Woods charged into the title hunt while Chad Campbell clung to a one-stroke lead when darkness halted the rain-interrupted third round of the Masters.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 13:50 IST

Defending champion Tiger Woods charged into the title hunt while Chad Campbell clung to a one-stroke lead when darkness halted the rain-interrupted third round of the Masters.

Top-ranked Woods, chasing his 11th major victory and fifth Masters crown, birdied the par-4 third and par-5 eighth holes to reach three-under par after nine holes, three strokes off the lead entering today's endurance test.

"I feel very good," Woods said. "I wish I was more under par. I've got nine holes to post a good round and get ready for the afternoon. Hopefully I can make some birdies and get something going."

Woods also played 27 holes on the final Sunday last year to complete his last two rounds, then beat Chris DiMarco on the first play-off hole to win the title. He knows he can handle the mental and physical challenge.

"Last year I went 54 on the weekend. It's nothing new out here," Woods said. "I'm in condition for it. It's a matter of going out and executing."

Thunderstorms suspended play for four hours, forcing the leaders to tee off in the late afternoon and finish in twilight gloom, setting the stage for another dawn-to-dusk Sunday duel at Augusta National Golf Club.

Campbell began the day with a three-stroke lead and opened with two birdies but finished with two bogeys to remain at six-under par when darkness came, one stroke ahead of fellow American Rocco Mediate and South Africa's Tim Clark.