Tiger Woods is looking for his first win in his last 23 starts.
The advantage belongs to Baird.
He fired a seven-under 64 on Saturday to take the lead after 54 holes of the Frys.com Open. Baird finished three rounds at 13-under 200 and is two shots clear at CordeValle Golf Club.
Woods carded his second straight three-under 68, but it left him at four-under 209.
Woods is playing for the first time since a missed cut at the PGA Championship and is trying to get his game in shape for next month's Presidents Cup in the midst of a 2011 campaign marred by poor play and a leg injury.
"I would like to just keep building on it, and I'm definitely doing it," Woods said in a televised interview. "I was very close to putting it together on that front nine...I wasn't that far away from really taking it deep. This golf course can be had. A 62 or 63 is not out of the realm."
Woods was in the first group off the 10th tee in round three and after five birdies in his first 11 holes was within three of the lead.
Trouble loomed when he landed in a bunker at the par-three third. Woods left his second in the bunker and walked off with a bogey. He hit a terrible tee shot left of the green at the par-three seventh, then nailed his second over the green down toward the tee.
Woods bogeyed the hole, but got one back with a five-foot birdie putt at the ninth.
Woods will be nine back on Sunday, but two star players are tied for second.
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