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Tiger Woods shoots into lead

Jyoti Randhawa moved into the top 10 with a brilliant six-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 12:19 IST

Jyoti Randhawa moved into the top 10 with a brilliant six-under 66 that included seven birdies and one bogey in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic at the Majlis course on the Emirates Golf Club.

The Indian ace, tied 28th overnight, jumped up to be tied 10th and was poised to better his last year's tied 11th place.

Randhawa, sixth in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, had pulled out of Qatar Masters last week after playing three days in severe pain because of a rib injury sustained on account of a bike accident in a desert safari.

In Dubai on the third day, he showed that he had recovered well with the day's best score, also equalled by Englishman Simon Dyson, the Asian Tour number one in 2000, and the Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

While Randhawa, Asia number one in 2002, was making his move towards a good finish, Tiger Woods put himself in the ideal position to end his desert drought and win for the first time in this part of the world.

Woods, who shot a 67 to move to 16-under shares the lead with Dane Andres Hansen, has won pro titles in 10 countries in the world and if he does it in Dubai, it will become the 11th.

Overnight leader Retief Goosen (70) dropped bogeys on the 15th and 16th to fall to third place after having been a leader by two at one stage.

Randhawa opened sedately with two pars and then exploded with four birdies in a row from third to sixth and then turned in four-under.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 12:19 IST