Olazabal records six birdies to close in on leader Perry

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Jose Maria Olazabal fired a third-round 66 to rocket himself into a challenging position in the Memorial Tournament here on Saturday. The Spaniard holed birdies on the second, fifth and eighth before finishing with three more in four holes to move him to eight under in the tournament - within five shots of leader Kenny Perry, who shot a two-under-par 70 to stay ahead of Lee Janzen on 11 under.

South African Retief Goosen dropped back two shots - to eight under - after managing only a 74 while compatriot Ernie Els played the 18 holes in two under. However, a double-bogey on the par-four 14th spoiled his round as he moved to three under.

Tiger Woods had a day to forget as crowds saw the him record a treble-bogey seven at the par-four sixth and with five other dropped shots in a round of 76, only four birdies prevented a total disaster.

Two bogeys in his first five holes scuppered Padraig Harrington's chances of forcing himself up the leaderboard. A run of birdies from six to nine appeared to have redeemed him, but dropped shots on 14, 16 and 17 made it a disappointing day for the Irishman, with a birdie three at the last little consolation as he slipped back to two under.

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik also shot a one-over-par 73 to leave him at two under for the tournament, while Lee Westwood's 75 dropped him to one under.

Hemel Hempstead-born Luke Donald had a nightmare third round containing four double bogeys as he shot 80 to drop from five under to three over.

* In Aurora, Illinois, Annika Sorenstam birdied the last five holes to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic. She ended with a six-under 66, the second-best round of the day, giving her a two-day score of 16-under 128. Mhairi McKay hit nine birdies on her way to a 64 for 130.