Genuity Championship
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Weir holds one shot lead from Sutton

Mike Weir posted a three-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at 15-under 201 after three rounds of the Genuity Championship. Hal Sutton carded a two-under 70 and is one back.

Weir and Sutton battled at the top of the leaderboard all afternoon, but Weir took command at the closing hole. He roped his approach shot from 191 yards out to within four feet and cashed in the birdie attempt to go to 15-under.

Davis Love III and Jeff Sluman share third at 12-under while overnight leader Stewart Cink struggled to a three-over 75 on Saturday and shares fifth with Joe Durant at minus-11.

The Canadian got his round off to a tremendous start at the par- five first. He played his third shot, a putt with his three wood, from the fringe 50 feet away and then watched as the eagle-three fell into the cup.

Weir could not get into red figures for quite a while after the eagle at one. He missed an eight-foot birdie try at eight and then missed the green on the ninth.

The left-hander got back on track at 11 after he drove his ball into the left rough. Weir knocked his second shot to six feet and rolled home the birdie putt. He followed up with another birdie at the long 12th to get to 16-under.

Trouble was looming for Weir at number-14. He missed the green right for his second shot and then from a horrible lie, could only advance the ball a few feet. Weir could not save par at the hole and then added another bogey at 15 when he dropped his tee shot into a greenside bunker and could not get up and down.

Weir parred 16 and 17 before his birdie at the closing hole.

Sutton shared the lead almost all afternoon with Weir. He got into position with four birdies in a five-hole span while he made the turn. But like Weir, problems came in the middle of his back nine.

At the 232-yard 13th, Sutton nailed a three-wood into a greenside bunker and blasted it eight feet past the cup. He did not make the par save and then took a bogey at the next to drop down to minus-14.

Love birdied the famous 18th at Doral for a three-under 69 on Saturday. He will play in the final group for the third week in a row on the PGA Tour.

"It's not a bad position to be in," said Love, the tour's leading money winner so far this season. "It's not the best one, but it's not bad. I've got a chance."

Cink opened with bogeys at two and three, but cut the gap down to two after some good iron shots at 15 and 16. The Blue Monster at Doral got Cink as he dropped a shot in the water at 18 and took a double- bogey.

Seven golfers are tied for seventh at nine-under. Defending champion Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh barely made the cut on Friday but fired the low rounds of the day with six-under 66s. They joined Stephen Ames, Esteban Toledo, Scott Verplank, Lee Porter and Craig Barlow at minus-nine.


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