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Mike Weir shoots 68 on difficult day

Canada's Mike Weir put himself in position to win his first PGA Tour title since 2004 with a four-under-par 68 in the Players Championship third round on Saturday.

The 2003 U.S. Masters champion holed out from 128 yards for an eagle two at the par-four fourth before ending a difficult day of gusting winds on six-under 210.

Weir will go into Sunday's final round at the TPC at Sawgrass three strokes behind leader and fellow Canadian Stephen Ames.

"I'd like to see it blow tomorrow like it did today," the left-hander told reporters. "That's not to say that I'll handle it real well tomorrow, but hopefully I will.

"The way I'm striking the ball right now, I'd like that.

"It was a great round for me today," added the 35-year-old from Ontario, whose last PGA Tour victory came at the 2004 Nissan Open.

"I played the kind of golf I know I can play and I've been close to playing in the last few weeks.

"I controlled the ball well and hit at the pin a lot. It was a solid round."

Weir's 68 was the joint best of the day, and he would have scored one better had he not missed a seven-foot par putt at the last, where he missed the green to the right with his approach.

"I'm not happy about the finish, not happy about bogeying the last hole," he said.

"But I hit a great drive off the tee and thought I hit a nice second shot that the wind got a little bit at the end.

"I'm disappointed but still in good shape. I don't want that to ruin a good day. It was a really good day for me."

Weir, a seven-times winner on the PGA Tour, said club selection had been the toughest challenge in the blustery conditions on the Stadium Course.

"Especially near the end of the day where the last few holes are so exposed to the wind," he added. "Those holes were very difficult."


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