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March 4, 2006 at 11:00 PM
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Tiger Woods up by two at Ford Championship

MIAMI, March 4 (UPI) -- Defending champ Tiger Woods posted a 4-under 68 Saturday for a 17-under 199 and a two-shot lead after the third round of the Ford Championship at Doral.

Daniel Chopra (68) and 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem (69) are tied for second at 15-under 201. David Toms (70) is tied for fourth at 202 with overnight co-leader Camilo Villegas (71).

Villegas, a tour rookie, was one off Woods' lead until a double-bogey at the last hole.

Woods trailed Phil Mickelson by two in last year's final round, but overcame the deficit. Saturday, they were the final pairing and were near the top of the leaderboard throughout most of the round.

But Mickelson -- who shared the second-round lead with Woods, Villegas and Scott Verplank -- found the water with his second shot at the final hole. He only managed a 72 and shares sixth place with Tag Ridings (66) and Dean Wilson (69) at 13-under-par 203.


Buckle, Dyson share Indonesian Open lead

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 4 (UPI) -- Andrew Buckle shot a 7-under-par 65 Saturday and Simon Dyson shot a 5-under 67 to share the third-round lead at the rain-delayed Indonesian Open at Jakarta.

Friday's second round had a two-hour weather delay and eventually was suspended for the night because of darkness. The players had to complete both the second and third rounds on Saturday.

Ter-Chang Wang, one of four first-round leaders, shot 2-under 70 Saturday and is alone in third place at 12-under-par 204.

Stephen Dodd, the leader at the halfway point, struggled to a 2-over 74 Saturday and slipped into a tie for fourth at 10-under 206 with Shiv Kapur (66), David Higgins (69) and Thongchai Jaidee (72).

Wei Chih Lu (66) climbed to 9-under 207 and shares eighth place with Matthew Millar, Rahil Gangjee and Peter Gustafsson.


Nadal again beats Federer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 4 (UPI) -- Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, in Saturday's title match of the $1 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

The 19-year-old Nadal, ranked second in the world and second in this tournament, was playing in only his second event of 2006 after being sidelined for fourth months because of a lingering foot injury. For his 13th career title, he earned $187,500 and extended his career record against Federer to 3-1.

"To beat Roger is special, I am so happy," Nadal told the BBC. "This comeback is special for me."

After winning the first set, 6-2, it looked like Federer, 24, was on the way to his 20th straight match win at the Dubai event. Nadal took control of the match when he broke Federer at 4-4 in the third set.

Federer, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, dropped to 16-1 for the season and claimed $98,600 as the runner-up.


Petrova beats Mauresmo in Qatar final

DOHA, Qatar, March 4 (UPI) -- Nadia Petrova of Russia defeated world No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo of France in straight sets Saturday to win the $600,000 Qatar Total Open.

Petrova denied Mauresmo's chance to claim the No. 1 overall ranking with her 6-3, 7-5, victory.

The top-seeded Mauresmo struggled with her serve throughout the match and was broken three out of four times by Petrova in the opening set. Petrova scored another key break during the second and was able to hold serve throughout the final set to earn just the second title of her career.

Petrova, 23, entered the match 1-4 in career finals, with her lone championship coming in Linz, Austria, last season. She was just 1-4 against Mauresmo, 26, coming in, including a loss to the Australian Open titlist in Antwerp last month.

Mauresmo, who has won three titles this year, would have overtaken Belgian Kim Clijsters as the world's top-ranked player.

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