Viktor Hovland produced some stunning golf on the back nine at the Hero World Challenge in Albany to provide a three-shot cushion over Scottie Scheffler heading into the final round.

The Norwegian sits on 13-under-par after that blistering 64, with Scheffler three shots back after an impressive 66 that included an eagle on 15.

It's defending champion Hovland who they will be chasing though with six birdies on seven holes between 11 and 17 putting him in a strong position.

A good day was soured slightly however by a closing bogey.

"I missed probably like a 10-footer on the first hole and lipped out and I kind of thought, 'Here we go again,' but after that it was a lot of putts that went in," Hovland said.

"You need that on a day like today when the winds are down and you can be a little bit more aggressive. That's the only way you can make that many birdies, so that was a lot of fun."

Hovland would be just the second player to successfully defend a title at the event, joining event host Tiger Woods in 2007.

Scheffler did his best to stay close, posting five birdies and an eagle on the par-five 15th. There are two eagles so far from the 20-player field and Scheffler has both of them.

"I played really solid, kept the ball in front of me, hit a lot of fairways," Scheffler said. "Felt like I did a good job just keeping the course in front of me and giving myself some changes."

Shane Lowry’s interest in challenging at the 20-player contest is long over after rounds of 74 and 77 before the weekend, but he did improve on Saturday with a one-under-par 71 moving him to 18th position.

It could have been much better too only for a double bogey at 16 but a closing birdie moved him to six-over-par for the tournament.

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