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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 06, 2019 1:00 am

Golf

Woodland scores eagle to keep lead

DOUG FERGUSON | Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Gary Woodland made a 65-foot eagle putt and finished with a birdie for a 5-under 68 to keep his three-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Rory McIlroy briefly caught him for the lead until the birdies stopped falling. He shot 68 and will play in the final group today.

They were tied late in the third round when McIlroy missed a good birdie chance on two par 5s at No. 15 and No. 18. In the group behind him, Woodland reached the front of the 15th green and watched his putt up the slope and into the grain drop for eagle, with the pin still in the hole.

He holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the toughest pin position at the 18th – front and right – to end the day where he started.

Woodland was at 17-under 202.

Marc Leishman, who made a double bogey in the opening round and a triple bogey on Friday, limited the damage to only one bogey. He had a 68 and was well in range, four shots behind.

Xander Schauffele (68) and Bryson DeChambeau (70) were five back.

The only downer for Woodland was learning that his grandmother in Kansas had died Friday night. This is a family vacation for most of the Woodland crew – for Christmas, he flew out 11 relatives.