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Tim Clark will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational as he searches for his first US win.

Tim Clark will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational tomorrow as he goes in search of his first win on the US Tour.
Clark birdied the 18th to card a third-round 66 at Colonial for a 17-under-par total of 193 on another day of low scoring in Texas.
Three players are tied for second behind the South African, American Steve Marino coming home in just 30 shots to card a brilliant 62 and finish alongside overnight leader Steve Stricker (69) and Australian Jason Day (65).
Clark, who has finished second six times in America – including at the US Masters in 2006 – told CBS: “I played great golf today and need to try to keep that going.
“Today was a good solid round. I did what I wanted to do but guys came at us with some good rounds so it’s going to be close tomorrow.”
Clark began the day one shot behind playing partner Stricker but carded five birdies and just one bogey to put himself in pole position.
But the round of the day belonged to Marino, who went to the turn in 32 and then carded a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th and picked up further shots at the 16th and 18th.
Paul Casey kept alive his chances of a second US Tour victory this season – and second in Texas – with a third round of 66 to lie six off the lead.
Casey, who won the Houston Open in April and is up to third in the world rankings following his BMW PGA Championship triumph last week, was five under for his round after 15 holes but bogeyed the par-three 16th after a wayward tee-shot.
Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald is a shot further back on 10 under after a 67 featuring five birdies and two bogeys.
And a third Englishman, Ian Poulter, is also 10 under after a flawless 65 with five birdies and no bogeys.
All the third round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America.
(USA unless stated, par 70):

193 Tim Clark (Rsa) 63 64 66
195 Steve Stricker 63 63 69, Steve Marino 66 67 62, Jason Day (Aus) 65 65 65
197 Vijay Singh (Fij) 64 64 69
198 Justin Leonard 66 68 64, Woody Austin 63 68 67
199 Paul Casey (Eng) 66 67 66, Sean O’Hair 65 64 70
200 Kevin Na 66 68 66, Zach Johnson 69 67 64, Ted Purdy 69 65 66, Ian Poulter (Eng) 66 69 65, Luke Donald (Eng) 68 65 67
201 Jeff Overton 69 67 65, Lucas Glover 70 65 66, Kevin Sutherland 66 67 68
202 Tim Herron 71 65 66, Ryan Palmer 69 63 70, John Senden (Aus) 68 67 67, Harrison Frazar 67 69 66, Jason Bohn 69 65 68
203 Charlie Wi (Kor) 67 70 66, Tom Lehman 68 69 66, Matt Kuchar 70 68 65, James Driscoll 69 64 70, Stephen Ames (Can) 68 68 67
204 David Toms 67 72 65, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 70 67 67, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 69 69 66, Mark Wilson 67 71 66, Kevin Streelman 68 70 66, Hunter Mahan 69 67 68, Kenny Perry 64 72 68, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 68 70 66, Jim Furyk 68 69 67
205 Bob Estes 71 66 68, Anthony Kim 69 68 68, Charley Hoffman 73 67 65, Bart Bryant 70 68 67, Jason Dufner 69 71 65, Stewart Cink 71 66 68, James Nitties (Aus) 67 68 70
206 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 73 66 67, Tom Pernice Jnr. 69 67 70, Greg Owen (Eng) 68 69 69, J J Henry 71 68 67, George McNeill 68 70 68, Corey Pavin 71 69 66, Brandt Jobe 71 69 66, Scott Verplank 70 68 68, Rocco Mediate 67 70 69
207 Danny Lee (Nzl) 69 67 71, Brian Davis (Eng) 69 68 70, Derek Fathauer 68 69 70, Chris DiMarco 69 71 67, Matt Bettencourt 69 70 68, Tommy Armour III 67 72 68
208 Dudley Hart 74 66 68, John Rollins 70 67 71, Justin Rose (Eng) 69 69 70, Adam Scott (Aus) 68 71 69, Mike Weir (Can) 69 67 72, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 71 68 69, Heath Slocum 69 71 68
209 Ben Crane 71 68 70, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 71 69 69, Brian Gay 68 71 70, Bo Van Pelt 71 69 69
210 Michael Bradley 70 67 73, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 71 69 70, John Merrick 71 68 71, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 69 68 73, Chez Reavie 72 68 70
211 Ken Duke 71 69 71
212 Aron Price (Aus) 67 72 73, Mark Brooks 71 69 72
213 Joe Ogilvie 67 73 73
214 Mark Calcavecchia 68 72 74

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