SYDNEY (AP) -- Tiger Woods is right in the middle of an Aussie-flavored championship Down Under.
Looking more like he did the opening two rounds, Woods ran off three birdies on his front nine and to pull within two shots of Greg Chalmers heading to the back nine.
Chalmers was at 11-under par through six holes, one shot ahead of Nick O'Hern.
Woods was tied with Jason Day, who hit his opening tee shot into the water, and 54-hole leader John Senden. Another Australian, defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, was 6 under for the round through 15 holes and only three shots out of the lead.
Most of the birdie chances come on the back nine of The Lakes, and Woods' goal was to play a solid front nine to at least give himself a chance at winning for the first time in two years.