Immelman Steady as Woods Lurks

Luck helps him keep two-stroke Masters lead with Tiger six back
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 10:56 PM CDT
Trevor Immelman of South Africa reacts to a birdie putt on the 18th green during the third round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., today.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Trevor Immelman watched one last shot turn out better than he expected today in the Masters, keeping him atop the leaderboard and Tiger Woods farther behind. Immelman was headed for at least double bogey on the 15th until his ball stopped on a steep slope toward the pond, allowing him to escape with par, a two-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker and keeping him six shots ahead of Woods.

Under the easiest conditions at Augusta in three years, Woods had to settle for a bogey-free round of 68 that was probably the worst he could have shot. He has never won a major when trailing going into the final round, and he has never won a PGA Tour event when trailing by more than five shots after 54 holes.