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Jason Dufner hangs on to one-stroke Byron Nelson lead

AFP, IRVING, TEXAS

The US’ Jason Dufner fired a one-under par 69 to keep a one-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Byron Nelson Championship, but Vijay Singh and Jason Day are among those hot on his heels.

Dufner completed 54 holes on eight-under par 202 at the US$6.5 million event, one stroke ahead of compatriots J.J. Henry and Dicky Pride and Australian Day, with Fiji’s Singh on 204 and Aussie Marc Leishman and Swede Jonas Blixt on 205.

Dufner had a bogey at the par-4 third, answered with a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-4 sixth and a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-4 14th to lead, as he had after 36 holes on a day where nine players led or shared the lead.

Day opened the front nine and back nine with birdies and also birdied the two par-5s, the seventh and 16th holes. However, a bogey at 18 after missing a short putt kept him from matching Dufner atop the leaderboard, settling for a 67.

Singh, 49, fired a 66 to stand two strokes back, a bogey at 18 dropping him back after an eagle at the 16th and a birdie at the 17th, as he bids for his first PGA title since the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship.

“I haven’t been in this position for a while,” Singh said. “I’ve been looking forward to this.”

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