Valspar Championship: Robert Garrigus clinging on to top spot in Florida

Last Updated: 16/03/14 8:25am

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Robert Garrigus: Leads by one heading into final round in Florida

Robert Garrigus: Leads by one heading into final round in Florida

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A closing bogey from Robert Garrigus saw his lead cut to just one shot heading into the final round of the Valspar Championship.

The 36-year-old American, whose only victory on the PGA Tour came in 2010, leads the way on eight-under-par, but is being hunted down after a number of high-profile players made their move on Saturday.

Third round leaderboard

(US unless stated)

-8 R Garrigus
-7 K Na
-6 J Senden (Aus)
-5 J Rose (Eng)
-4 R Goosen
-4 C Hoffman
-4 S Langley

Click here for collated scores

Kevin Na leads the chasing pack after a third round 68 put him breathing down the neck of Garrigus, while John Senden (-6) and Justin Rose (-5) will also fancy their chances heading into the final round.

Garrigus, three shots clear at the start of the day, made a flying start to the third round with back-to-back birdies and found himself four clear after five holes.

However, seeking to end a four-year title drought, Garrigus suffered a wobble on the back nine, missing par putts on 13 and then the last to see his lead slashed.

Australian Senden and South Africa's Retief Goosen surged up the leaderboard with eye-catching rounds of 64 to put themselves in contention.

Both players fired in seven birdies and were bogey-free, with Goosen chipping in from 54 feet on the par four 16th for arguably the shot of the day.

England duo Rose and Luke Donald are also in the mix, although the former will be ruing a late bogey which saw him drop three shots off the pace. Donald is five adrift after carding a flawless 67 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Shoot under par

Garrigus said after his round: "I'm in a good position. If I play well tomorrow and shoot under par they're going to have to come get me. That's what I plan on doing.

"I can't sit there and make pars and expect to win the golf tournament. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Rose's season has been hampered by a shoulder injury, meaning he's made just three starts.

However, he has no problems with it now - "the shoulder is perfect" - and feels the rust in his game is coming off.

"I feel like I'm getting competitive," said Rose. "I feel like this is the kind of golf course that tells you a lot about where you're at. You can't really get away with it around here."

The 33-year-old will be chasing a sixth PGA Tour win when he tees off in the penultimate group on Sunday.

The final pair of Garrigus and Na head out at 1:45pm local time, 5:45pm UK.

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