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Aussies fade as Reed grabs Wells Fargo lead

A roller coaster day three at the Eagle Point Golf Club has seen the Australian challenge fade at the Wells Fargo tournament when American Patrick Reed will take a one stroke lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Brett Drewitt is the best of the Australians at 1-under for the week and in a share of 50th though on a bunched leaderboard he is only seven shots out of the lead.

Adam Scott’s first tournament back since the Masters has seen him at less than his best and at 1-over for the week is T55. Matt Jones and Curtis Luck are the other Australians to qualify for the weekend, both lying T58 at 2-over for the week.

Players returned to the course early in the day to complete the weather delayed second round before third round play could begin and while the winds had dropped from Friday’s gusts was still enough to make scoring tricky.

Leader Reed was one of three players to shoot 5-under 67 Saturday as he climbed to 8-under for the week and one ahead of Sweden’s Alex Noren and exciting young Spaniard Jon Rahm.

Four players are at 6-under and two off the pace with another six sharing eighth at 5 under the card.

World Number One Dustin Johnson, p[laying for the first time since being forced out of the Masters with a back injury, matched Reed’s 67 to move to 4-under and a share of 14th just four behind.

Reed has been struggling in 2017 with just one top 10 since the wraparound season began last October but may after discovering some issues with his club specifications has begun to turn things around.

His T14 at last week’s Zurich Classic broke a run of three straight missed cuts and the Ryder Cup hero now has a chance at claiming a sixth PGA Tour title.

Second placed Rahm, who has quickly established himself as a superstar on the Tour, finished in grand style at Eagle Point’s par-5 18th with an unlikely birdie.

After his second finished within yards of the putting surface he chunked a chip which stayed short of the cut surface.

But he once again showed a flair for the dramatic by having his caddie remove the flag and chipping in for birdie to put himself just one back with 18 holes remaining.

While Reed and Rahm will attract the bulk of the attention in the final round World Number 12 Noren has a chance to claim a maiden PGA Tour win.

One of the hottest players on the European Tour in 2016 the unassuming Swede continues to fly under the radar in the US but has played solid golf this week to be win with a chance.

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Rod Morri
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