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Woods in contention for Dubai crown

Tiger Woods is in a tie for fourth place at the Dubai Desert Classic after a third round 72.
Tiger Woods is in a tie for fourth place at the Dubai Desert Classic after a third round 72.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tiger Woods one shot off lead in Dubai after an even par round of 72
  • Overnight leader Rory McIlroy now shares lead with Anders Hansen and Thomas Aiken
  • Windy conditions made scoring difficult for late-starters
  • Woods looking for first tournament win in almost 15 months

(CNN) -- Tiger Woods is just one shot off the lead going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic after an eventful par round of 72.

The former world No.1 is tied with six other players on a three round total of 209, one shot behind overnight leader Rory McIlroy who had a disappointing round of 75.

The Northern Irishman is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Denmark's Anders Hansen who shot a one-under 71 and South Africa's Thomas Aiken who had a 74.

Windy conditions made low scoring difficult for the late starters, none more so than for Woods, who got off to a dreadful start, bogeying the opening two holes.

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He repaired some of the damage with a birdie at the third hole, but closed out the front nine with a bogey and a double bogey.

I'm still in the ball game. There are a bunch of guys there with a chance, and with the weather tomorrow you never know
--Tiger Woods
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But an eagle and three birdies on the back nine, along with one dropped shot at the 16th hole, dragged Woods -- who hasn't won in almost 15 months -- back into contention.

"I'm still in the ball game. There are a bunch of guys there with a chance, and with the weather tomorrow you never know," Woods said, EuropeanTour.com reported.

Sergio Garcia will also be looking to end his win drought on Sunday. The Spaniard -- who hasn't won a title since November 2008 -- was leading the tournament outright with two holes of his third round remaining, but a double-bogey at the 17th saw him slip back into a tie for fourth place.

Overnight leader McIlroy made an uncertain start to his round, bogeying the first three holes and followed with another at the par three seventh hole. But the 2009 winner was satisfied with his efforts after that.

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"The conditions were a lot different and I got off to a rough start, but I thought I steadied the ship really well. To be four over through seven and play the last 11 holes in one under is a pretty good effort."