There were times when it looked as if Graham DeLaet might have allowed the lead at the Northern Trust Open to get too far away from him, but he kept it together and goes into Sunday’s final round at Riviera just two shots behind leader Retief Goosen.
DeLaet opened Saturday’s third round by hitting his 222-yard approach shot on the par five first hole to 17 yards and rolled in his putt for eagle to take momentary sole possession of the lead.
DeLaet moved to three under on the day when he birdied the par three sixth hole, but appeared to be stalling out with bogeys on seven and eight.
He steadied the ship with a birdie on 11, but bogeyed two of the next three holes to take him back to even par.
He finished with a one-under 70 after curling in a 21-footer on the par three 16th for birdie, where Goosen also holed a 36-hole chip shot for birdie.
Not only is DeLaet chasing Goosen, but the top of the leaderboard is also crowded with names such as Sang-Moon Bae, Sergio Garcia, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson. Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Jordan Spieth, Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson within four of the lead.
It could also be a different golf course as there is an 80 per cent chance of rain at Riviera on Sunday.
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At the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi, Vancouver’s Richard T. Lee shot his second consecutive 75 and was tied for 50th at two over going into the final round.
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