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Baddeley In Bay Hill Hunt As Thrilling Sunday Looms

Aaron Baddeley has a good chance at a fifth PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida
A scintillating back nine charge will see Aaron Baddeley begin the final round of the Arnold Palmer event in Florida just two shots off the pace as he hunts a fifth PGA Tour title.

After going to the turn 1-over Baddeley righted the ship on the homeward journey, his four birdies highlighted by a hole out from a bunker at the par-3 14thas he signed for a 3-under 69.

At 7-under he is two behind outright leader Matt Fitzpatrick of England and one behind defending champion Rory McIlroy whose third round 66 was the equal best score of the day.

He is one of three players sharing third, England’s Matt Wallace and American Kevin Kisner also at that mark after a day of difficult conditions at the Bay Hill Club course.

Overnight leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley both battled from the outset to fall well down the standings, Bradley eventually signing for a 75 to be three off the lead and T6 while Fleetwood’s 76 sees him T11 and four back.

McIlroy was the early mover on day three after starting the round 2-under for the week and seven shots behind but making his intentions clear early with four front nine birdies.

A bogey at eight did little to slow his momentum as he added three more birdies on the inward nine, including a brilliant effort at the difficult 18th, to take the outright lead as the final group made the turn.

McIlroy undoubtedly had the best of the conditions as the greens began to dry out with afternoon breezes and few were able to move forward.

Chris Kirk and Tyrrell Hatton also both shot 66 and both were out early in the day as well, 

Fitzpatrick one of the exceptions in the afternoon groups with a superb bogey free 67.

The Englishman’s score was particularly impressive given he found just six fairways for the day.

Marc Leishman, the only other Australian to play the weekend, was paired with McIlroy Saturday but couldn’t keep pace with the Irishman.

The winner here in 2017, Leishman was derailed by a clumsy end to his front nine with a bogey-double bogey run at the 8thand 9th.

He eventually signed for an even par 72 and will tee off in the final round 2-under for the week and T32.

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