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Posted at: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM; last updated: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM (IST)ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Hoffman, Kisner lead by three after 54 holes

Orlando, March 19

Charley Hoffman sank a 70-foot birdie at the final hole to tie Kevin Kisner for the third-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Saturday.

Hoffman read a big left-to-right break perfectly, his ball curling into the centre of the cup on the same green at Bay Hill in Orlando where Tiger Woods holed so many clutch putts to clinch his eight victories in the event. “I knew I needed a good finish to run down Kisner,” Hoffman said after turning his fortunes around with birdies at the final three holes. 

Hoffman carded a one-under 71, while Kisner fired a 68 to tie it up at 11-under 205 with one round left.

The two Americans have a three-shot lead over Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick and Australian Marc Leishman.

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy (65) soared to the edge of contention, the day’s equal best score lifting him to within five shots. — Reuters

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