McDowell edges closer to Chevron win

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Updated: December 2, 2012

Graeme McDowell, edged closer to his first win in two years by ending the third round of the World Challenge with a two-shot lead.

The Northern Irishman, who despite several close calls has endured a barren title run worldwide since his playoff victory at the World Challenge in 2010, fired an effortless four-under-par 68 to post a 13-under total of 203.

McDowell’s closest challenger was first-round leader Keegan Bradley who matched the day’s best round with a six-birdie 67 at a rain-soaked Sherwood Country Club to finish at 11 under.

Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods, bidding for his fourth victory this year, was a further three strokes back after narrowly missing a seven-foot birdie putt at the last to card a 69.