Veterans take charge at Transitions

Sunday, 18 March 2012
Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen

Former winners Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk are tied for a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Transitions Championship.

South African Goosen carded a six-under-par 66 for his third round at the Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course.

American Furyk turned in a five-under 66 on Saturday, as both men reached 11-under overall for the PGA Tour event in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Furyk's countryman Jason Dufner and South Korean Sang-Moon Bae are one shot back in a share of third.

Dufner had led by two shots after Friday's second round, but he could only manage an even-par 71 on day three.

Bae meanwhile posted a three-under 68 to put himself in contention ahead of Sunday's deciding round.

Several other players in a congested leaderboard appear in with a chance of catching the front runners over the final 18 holes.

Americans John Mallinger and Ken Duke are just two shots off the pace, tied fifth at nine under.

Goosen's fellow South African Ernie Els, world number two Luke Donald and American Chez Reavie hold a share of seventh at eight under, only three shots back from the leaders.

But if they are to influence proceedings on Sunday, they must hope for some uncharacteristic errors from two of the PGA Tour's most experienced closers.

Goosen, a two-time US Open champion, made just one bogey for his third round, while sinking seven birdies throughout.And Furyk, another former US Open winner, also marked a solitary bogey on his card, holing six birdies to keep pace with his rival.

Australian John Senden remains at outside chance of challenging for the title, currently four shots off the pace in a tie for 10th.