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Tiger Woods retains seven-stroke lead at Bridgestone Invitational

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods is way out front of the field at the Bridgestone Invitational. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods is way out front of the field at the Bridgestone Invitational. (USATSI)

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If "cruise control" is a club then Tiger Woods will likely stuff it in his bag on Saturday night in front of Sunday's final round at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods backed up his second-round 61 with a 68 in the third round and will take a seven-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson as they head to Sunday.

After his round Woods downplayed his third straight day under par.

"Today was a day that I didn't quite have it, but I scored. Just tried to build on my lead somehow. I was just trying to post something in the red. It was blowing today, I figured anything in the red would be a good number."

I'm convinced that if he could figure out a way to shoehorn all his birdies for any given week into his Thursday and Friday rounds, the man would never lose a tournament. He was just striding around the course on Saturday, doing what he does best -- protecting a monster lead.

The odds on him winning are currently -7500. That means you have to wager $7,500 on Tiger to win the tournament to win a measly $100. That's how much of a sure thing this is.

And as Justin Ray of ESPN pointed out a win here would be Woods' 18th at a World Golf Championships event.

The next closest golfer (Geoff Ogilvy) has three wins.

Woods missed out on his all-time 54-hole PGA Tour record of 20 under, but not by a lot. Here's a look at his scorecard:

The back nine was a little sloppy at the end but some world-class scrambling and a chip-in on No. 13 were sufficient to get him to the last 18 holes with nary a worry.

Woods has only lost once when leading by more than one after 54 holes -- that was to Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship.

The real history Woods is chasing (other than Sam Snead's 82 PGA Tour win record) is this:

That's absurd.

And I'm guessing his record when taking a seven-stroke lead to the final round of tournaments he's won seven times is, um, solid.

Woods said after his round "hopefully I can seal the deal tomorrow."

I don't think that will be an issue.

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