Garrigus in front in Memphis
Robert Garrigus shot a second consecutive 66 to top the leaderboard after the third round of the St Jude Classic.
American Robert Garrigus shot a second consecutive 66 to top the leaderboard after the third round of the St Jude Classic in Memphis.
Garrigus picked up four birdies and an eagle at the par-five 16th but also had two bogeys to lie on 11 under par, two shots clear of Robert Karlsson of Sweden, who shot a 68 at TPC Southwind.
Heath Slocum also shot a 66 to lie third on eight under, level with England’s Lee Westwood who had to settle for a one-over 71 in his third round.
Karlsson had five birdies to three bogeys, while American Slocum did not drop a shot as he carded four birdies, including two in his last three holes.
World number three Westwood, who fired a 63 in the opening round and claimed three birdies on his last three holes to rescue his second round, did not fare so well this time.
He picked up three shots but made four bogeys.
Garrigus revealed he made sure he concentrated on his game rather than paying too much attention to the leaderboard.
“I took a peek on number 11, saw that I was right there near the lead or maybe birdied to take the lead. I just put it out of my head,” Garrigus said on the PGA Tour website.
“After that, I really didn’t look. I didn’t know what anybody was doing behind me. I was just concentrating on my game, which I should probably do tomorrow.
Westwood, who picked up a third birdie on the 16th only to drop his fourth shot of the day on the very next hole, insisted he was still well-placed going into the final round.
“I’m only three back so anything can happen,” Westwood said.
Four Americans – Shaun Micheel, Tim Petrovic, Lee Janzen and Garrett Willis – lay on six under in a tie for fourth.
None of the four managed an under-par round, Shaun Micheel, Tim Petrovic and Janzen shooting 70s and Willis slipping down the leaderboard after a 73.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the world number 10, lost ground on the leaders, a 72 sending him back to three under.
Irishman Padraig Harrington lay on level par overall after a 71.
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