Westwood grabs share of lead at HSBC

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Saturday, November 3, 2012

SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Lee Westwood made 11 birdies in a round of 61 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen after the third round of the HSBC Champions.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and had a 70.

Westwood and Oosthuizen were at 18-under 198. Phil Mickelson (66) made seven birdies and was three shots back.

Ernie Els briefly surged into a share of the lead on the back nine before taking a double bogey on the 15th. He finished with a 69 and was tied for fourth with Bill Haas (66) and Ian Poulter (65) at 202.

Brandt Snedeker had a chance at a 59, but just missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole and settled for a 60 and a 203 total.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press


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