Originally created 11/12/06

Winning streak on the line for Woods

SHANGHAI, China - Tiger Woods' winning streak in stroke events is in trouble.

Woods bogeyed the last two holes Saturday to fall five shots behind leader Retief Goosen going into the final round of the HSBC Champions tournament.

Woods has won six consecutive stroke events on the PGA Tour, his most recent loss coming in a runner-up finish at the Western Open in July.

Starting the third round at 8 under after his record-tying 64 in the second, Woods shot 73 in cold and blustery conditions to drop to 7-under 209.

Goosen made five birdies for 69, one of only 17 players to break par in the third round.

He had a one-shot cushion on Yang Yong-eun, a 34-year-old South Korean who shot 67.

"Whenever you're leading going into the final round, it's great," Goosen said. "I've got somebody that I have to watch out that I don't know. Yang is obviously playing extremely well ... Obviously Tiger is there, and we all know what he's capable of."

Woods has played down the significance of the win streak, saying his perfect run ended in September when he lost in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, England.

And this is not a PGA Tour event.

The HSBC Champions is the first tournament of the 2007 European Tour and is co-sanctioned by the Asian, Australasian, South African and Chinese tours.


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