Stenson takes 1-stroke lead after 3rd round at Wyndham

Wyndham Championship- Round One

The 53-year-old Davis Love, seeking to become the oldest PGA Tour victor, shot 67 to trail by three shots.

Geoff Ogilvy has performed a back nine escape to keep his Tour privileges for next season.

He had back-to-back birdies on the second and third hole and No. 5 and No. 6.

A bogey at the next, where he overshot the green with his approach from rough, halted his progress, and he was lucky to avoid a water hazard with his second shot at the par-five 15th, fellow competitor Kevin Na yelling "safe" to inform Love his ball was dry. "The putting has been solid".

"I wasn't swinging my drivers as well as I did yesterday, and that made it hard to adjust the distance of my iron shots". There were a couple of swings here and there that were not to satisfaction. It's nice to feel it, whatever it is.

Tuning up for the rich four-tournament Fed Ex Cup playoff series which wrap up the season, Smith - starting on the 10th hole - went bogey-free, with three birdies on his first nine and four more coming in at Sedgefield Country Club. After kicking off in 63-64, the Wake Forest alum co-led with Ryan Armour.

Padraig Harrington, a three-time major victor, endured a torrid third round of six-over 76 which sent him tumbling down the leaderboard to level par for the tournament through 54 holes. Two more bogeys and a double bogey on the 14th set him back. Vaughn Taylor and Ollie Schniederjans of the United States are a further shot behind. The top 125 players on the points list earn berths at The Northern Trust next week in NY.

"I'm very hungry to win again but right now I got dinner on my mind", said Simpson, a four-time tour victor, including the 2012 U.S. Open. "I had some goals at the beginning of the week".

"Casey and I today out there had a lot of fun".

"Keep making birdies, stay aggressive and know that there's plenty of good golfers behind me", Simpson said. "That's all I can do".

He parred the fourth and yet again found birdie on five to put himself three under par early in his round.

World number 751 Matt Every, who shot a 61 on Thursday, carded a 72 to slip to seven under par overall.

Henrik Stenson was a stroke behind them after a 66.

Davis Love III, who is trying to become the oldest victor in PGA Tour history, is just three shots back at 13 under. Usually a good putter, Na could be unsafe Sunday if he has rediscovered his confidence on the greens.

Irish pair Shane Lowry and Seamus Power both carded three-under 67s as Graeme McDowell, needing a strong week to have any chance of reaching the FedExCup play-offs, struggled to a one-over 71.



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