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Kevin Na retains Colonial lead
24 May 2015 09:09
Kevin Na sank a 14-foot birdie putt on his penultimate hole to break clear of a tie at the top with Ian Poulter and edge a stroke in front after the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.
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American Na, who had been two ahead overnight in pursuit of a second PGA Tour victory, fired a one-under-par 69 in overcast conditions at rain-softened Colonial Country Club to post an 11-under total of 199.
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Englishman Poulter, seeking his third win on the US circuit, missed a birdie attempt from seven feet at the par-four last and had to settle for second place after returning a 68.
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Charley Hoffman carded a 66 to finish at nine under, a stroke better than fellow Americans Chris Kirk (65) and Brandt Snedeker (66).
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Na, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, offset a birdie at the third with a bogey at the fifth to reach the turn in level-par 35.
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He picked up another shot at the par-five 11th before succumbing to a two-stroke swing at the par-four 15th where he bogeyed after missing a five-footer for par.
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Playing partner Poulter, who is known for his prowess on the greens, drained a 32-foot birdie putt at the 15th to draw level with Na before the American regained the outright lead at the 17th with his third birdie of the day.
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Australian Adam Scott, who won last year's Crowne Plaza Invitational in a playoff, was five strokes off the pace after shooting a 66, ending the day level with Masters champion Jordan Spieth (67).
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Due to threatening weather, the players set off earlier than scheduled in threesomes with a two-tee start.
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Similar conditions have been forecast for Sunday when the players will again tee off early in threesomes in a bid to finish before thunderstorms roll into the area.
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