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Sunday 22 April 2018

Graeme McDowell two off the pace going into the final round of the Genesis Open as Rory McIlroy falls away

Graeme McDowell plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Graeme McDowell plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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American Bubba Watson takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Genesis Open after carding a six-under round of 65 on Saturday.

Watson, a two-time winner of the tournament, began the day in sixth but started as he meant to go on with a second shot on the par-5 first landing within inches of the pin.

He holed the putt for eagle and went on to card five birdies - the sole blot on the book a bogey at the par-four 15th.

Patrick Cantlay, who held the joint lead at the half-way point in the tournament, leads the chasing pack.

His round of 69 puts him a shot behind Watson on nine-under, while four players sit a shot further behind.

Graeme McDowell - who was sitting top of the tree after Friday - shot a one-under round and fell to eight-under for the tournament, alongside Tony Finau, Kevin Nau and Cameron Smith.

Dustin Johnson played himself into contention with a round of 64, jumping 45 places up the leaderboard and into tied for eighth.

Starting on the back nine, Johnson began steady carding a birdie, but went on to pick up shots on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th, and an eagle on the 1st.

Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, fell to par for the tournament after a round of 73, which included a double bogey in the par-4 12th.

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