With an elite WGC field chasing the lead, Tiger Woods decided to play keep-away.

Already up by a staggering seven shots through 36 holes thanks to a 61 in the second round, Woods shot a solid 2-under 68 on Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational to maintain that same seven-stroke lead in Akron, Ohio.

"Today was a day that I didn't quite have it," said Woods, who was at 15-under 195. "But I scored. And that's the name of the game, posting a number. I grinded my way around that golf course."

A win Sunday would be Woods' eighth at Firestone Country Club and in the Bridgestone and its forerunner, the NEC Invitational. That would match the PGA Tour-record that he already has at Bay Hill and the eight wins Sam Snead had at the Greater Greensboro Open.

Woods, who is 41-2 when leading after 54 holes in a tour event, could also capture his 79th tour title, drawing closer to Snead's record of 82.

Woods put himself in position for yet another lopsided victory, one that will likely mark him as the player to beat this week in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

"Any time you can go into a major tournament or any tournament with a win under your belt, it's nice," Woods said.

Of course, Woods has failed to win his last 17 major championships. No longer is it a lock that, with 14, he'll surpass the mark of 18 by Jack Nicklaus.

"It's kind of tough to pick up seven or eight shots on Tiger around here," said Henrik Stenson, a distant second after a 67. "It would take something spectacular on my behalf or any of the other guys around me, and obviously a very, very poor round for him."

British Open champion Phil Mickelson (67) was well back at even-par 210, tied with U.S. Open winner Justin Rose (69) and Rory McIlroy (69).

LPGA Tour: Inbee Park wanted tough conditions at the Old Course at St. Andrews (Scotland) to try to make up an eight-shot deficit in her pursuit of a fourth straight major.

It turned out to be too tough for anyone. The third round of the Women's British Open was suspended by gusts that topped 40 mph and kept balls from staying put on the greens. After waiting six hours for the wind to calm, players were told to return Sunday morning for a marathon finish.

Na Yeon Choi, at 10-under 134, was an hour away from teeing off. She had a one-shot lead over Miki Saiki.

Nine players who completed the third round had an average score of 78.2. Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko each had a 75, the best of those who finished. Rikako Morita shot 86. The cumulative nine-hole scores for the 20 players who at least made the turn was 54 over par.

Park was 1 under through four holes, making a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 3, and 3 under overall.

PGA Tour: Gary Woodland holed from a bunker and the greenside rough and hit a fairway shot within 2 inches for another of his seven birdies to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 37 points in the modified Stableford system.

Brendan Steele was second at 30. He played the last six holes in 7 under, capping five straight birdies with a 33-foot chip-in for eagle on the 616-yard 18th at Montreux Golf Club in Reno.

Champions Tour: Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position for his second tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Kite (65) in the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. Pernice had a 13-under 131 total at TPC Twin Cities. Kite, 63, is trying to become the oldest winner in tour history.