San Martin (USA): Arjun Atwal had struck a purple patch midway through the third round as he carded a three-under 68 to be tied 38th alongside Tiger Woods at the Open golf tournament.

Atwal's card included four birdies, an eagle and three bogeys.

What it also got Atwal was a final round pairing with Woods (68) as the two are together at four-under 209. Woods and Atwal play with Rod Pampling in the final round.

Woods, playing for the first time in seven weeks, was steady for a three-under 68, but he was nine off the leader Briny Baird. Woods, who shot a second straight 68, had five birdies and two bogeys.

Briny Baird shot a seven-under 64 to go to 13-under 200 and become the outright 54-hole leader. It is the first time he is holding the lead in a PGA TOUR event in seven years and has not won in 357 starts in 12 years.

Baird was two clear of Ernie Els (67) and Paul Casey (68).