Baird leads by two strokes as Woods continues his improvement

    Briny Baird holds a two-stroke lead in California as he attempts to win his first PGA Tour title

    Story highlights

    • Briny Baird holds a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Open
    • Baird is attempting to win for the first time after 347 previous PGA Tour tournaments
    • Paul Casey and Ernie Els lead the chasing pack going into Sunday's final round
    • Tiger Woods cards successive under 70 rounds for the first time since January
    PGA Tour veteran Briny Baird holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the Open in California as he attempts to win his first tournament after 12 years of trying.
    The 39-year-old Baird, who has played in 347 PGA Tour events without success, eagled the par-four 17th on his way to a seven-under 64 and a 54-hole total of 200 (-13).
    Even a final hole bogey could not prevent Baird holding the outright third round lead for the first time in his career, although he has two multiple winners breathing down his neck.
    South African Ernie Els, the winner of 18 PGA Tour titles including three majors, carded a 67, while Englishman Paul Casey, who has 11 Europen Tour titles to his name as well as the 2009 Houston Open, posted a 68 to share second place on 202.
    Baird is aming to emulate fellow-American Kevin Na, who won for the first time in Las Vegas last week after 210 starts on the PGA Tour.
    South Korea'n Charlie Wi and Canadian Adam Hadwin both carded 64s and lie three strokes behind alongside Bryce Molder (65) and Bud Cauley (68).
    Meanwhile, former world number one Tiger Woods -- who has now dropped out of the world's top 50, posted his second successive sub-70 round for the first time since Torrey Pinces in January.
    Woods carded a three-under 68 to leave him nine shots off the lead, but he was happy with his round, telling the PGA Tour website: "It's getting better. I'm improving day by day, which is good.
    "Obviously, tomorrow I need to improve a lot and make putts and post a really low one."