Goosen and Furyk on top

by Dave Maher , 18 March 2012

Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk share the lead of the Transitions Championship following Saturday's third round at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Goosen shot a six-under-par 65 on Saturday, with Furyk hitting a 66, to leave the pair on 11-under for the tournament, one stroke clear of Korea's Sang-Moon Bae and Jason Dufner, who had led at the halfway stage.

Goosen, currently 52nd in the world, needs to be in the top 50 after next week to make the U.S. Masters field. "Maybe I'm fighting for that last spot in Augusta,” he said after his day’s work.

Furyk, meanwhile, played a battling round, getting out of trouble on several occasions. The American commented: "I made some birdies out of the rough today, and was able to knock some putts in and keep the round going.

"I played very patiently, and when I struggled - no putts were going in - I didn't let it bother me."

John Mallinger and Ken Duke are a shot further back, with Chez Reavie, Ernie Els and England's Luke Donald in a share of seventh place on eight-under.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington could only manage a one-over 72 on the third day. The Dubliner broke the course record on Thursday, hitting a 61, but followed that up with a disappointing 73 on Friday. His seven-under total leaves him well in contention for the title, but back in a share of 10th place with a host of other players.

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