LEMONT, Ill. – If you want to create a runaway, here’s what you need for ingredients:
• A cup of brilliant play, which Tiger Woods has supplied by going 5 under through 12.
• Two cups of pedestrian-to-poor play by his nearest competitors, which has been accomplished, too.
Translation: There’s a whole lot of back-up going on here at Cog Hill, which is why Woods has opened up a three-stroke cushion early on the back nine in the third round of the BMW Championship.
That’s what happens when the second-round co-leader, Woods, goes 5 under in 12 holes, while the six names closest to him on the leaderboard at the start of the day are even par or in back numbers.
One of the biggest stumbles is being authored by Rory Sabbatini. Desperate for a win to show that his Presidents Cup snub was a bad move, Sabbatini started the day just a stroke off the lead, but he was 3 over through seven and currently sits eight strokes behind, tied for 15th.