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Singh flawless as Woods flops

Vijay Singh held on to his lead after the third round of the PGA Tour season-opening Mercedes Championships in Hawaii.

The Fijian, who has not dropped a shot in the entire tournament, had one eagle and two birdies in a four-under-par 69 in ideal conditions on Maui's Kapalua Plantation course.

The world number one is on 19 under at 200 with one round left - one clear of Jonathan Kaye who stormed home with six back-nine birdies on his way to a seven-under 66.

Ernie Els was another shot back on 202 after a 68, while Tiger Woods trailed by five shots after two late bogeys saw him card a 69.

Singh teed off two shots clear of Mike Weir and, although he was quickly caught by Els, he never trailed.

He had two birdies on the front nine and added an eagle at the par-five 15th, where he crashed his second shot within nine feet of the pin.

Singh finished second here last year, setting himself up for a brilliant season in which he dominated the PGA Tour, winning nine times.

Defending champion Stuart Appleby shot 66 and trails by four shots.

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