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December 4 2011

6:00 PM

Woods has history on side at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods enters the final round of the Chevron World Challenge one shot off the lead and on the verge of his first win anywhere in the world in two years. If not for a hole-out from the fairway for eagle by Zach Johnson, Woods would  be tied or in the lead.

Woods and Johnson will tee off at 1:40 p.m. ET, so here are some numbers to set up Sunday’s final round.

-- The 54-hole leader/co-leader has won the Chevron World Challenge just once in the last seven seasons (Woods in 2007) and in the last 12 times the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win four times (Tom Lehman/1999, Padraig Harrington/2002, Davis Love III/2003 and Woods).

-- Johnson, meanwhile, finished runner-up in his inaugural appearance at the 2007 Chevron World Challenge and has since added a tie for fifth in 2009 and a tie for ninth last year.

-- Johnson’s best finish in 2011? A tie for third at the John Deere Classic.

-- A year ago, Woods held a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell after the second and third rounds here but shot a final-round 73 to land in a playoff with McDowell, who eventually won. The flip side to that is that three of Woods’ four wins at this event were in come-from-behind fashion, with 2007 the exception.

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