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Marino, Goydos lead after three rounds

STEVE Marino's three straight birdies late in the third round for a 3-under 68 caught Paul Goydos for a share of the lead at The Barclays and gave himself another shot at his first US PGA Tour victory on Saturday in Jersey City, New Jersey.

On a Liberty National course shortened by 355 yards - Tiger Woods said it was like playing the "ladies tees" - a bunch of other players felt the same way about their chances.

That includes Woods.

Despite missing six putts inside 12 feet, Woods made two big pars on the back nine and shot a 67 that left him five shots out of the lead.

Goydos made his move early with three straight birdies that put him atop the leaderboard for most of the day. On holes where everyone was picking up birdies, however, Goydos settled for pars and shot a 68.

"If you told me on Thursday I would have to play and start Sunday tied for the lead, I wouldn't play," Goydos said.

Goydos and Marino were at 9-under 204, two shots clear of rookie Webb Simpson (72) and Fredrik Jacobson (68). Steve Stricker had a 68 and was three shots behind at 207.

Meanwhile, Peter Hedblom shot a 4-under 68 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Lawrie after three rounds at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleaneagles, Scotland.

Steven O'Hara, Jamie Donaldson (70), Gregory Bourdy (71) and Soren Hansen (71), were tied for third two strokes behind Hedblom.


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