Wood gains PGA lead with 4-under 67

May 22, 2010 at 2:55 PM

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (UPI) -- Briton Chris Wood fired a 4-under 67 Saturday to forge a 2-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Tour PGA Championship in England.

Wood rebounded from a pair of bogeys on the back nine to boost his lead from 1 to 2 strokes with a nice 20-foot birdie on the 16th. He parred the last two holes of the day to preserve his 2-shot cushion over Robert Karlsson and Danny Willett at 8-under-par 205.

Karlsson had a big day, charging into a share of second place by carding a course record 9-under 62, ending at 6-under 207 along with Willet, who struggled to a 1-under 70 Saturday.

Luke Donald, the leader after two rounds, encountered problems in the third round, falling to a 1-over 72 and tumbling into fourth place at 5-under 208.

Meanwhile, defending European PGA tournament champion Paul Casey (72) and Padraig Harrington (72) ended the day among five players tied in fifth at minus-3.

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