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or­lando, fla.» Charley Hoff­man would have been happy to get off the 18th hole at Bay Hill with a par and go into the fi­nal round of the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional within one shot of the lead. With one big putt, Satur­day turned out bet­ter than he could have imag­ined.

From tram­pled grass left of the 18th fair­way, a tree slightly in his way, Hoff­man chose to punch a 7iron and have it run down the firm fair­way. As long as it didn’t run straight and into the wa­ter, he fig­ured he would have a chance for par.

The ball set­tled 70 feet away on the fringe, and Hoff­man made the putt for a birdie, a 1-un­der 71 and a share of the lead with Kevin Kis­ner.

It was quite a wild ride, even by Or­lando’s stan­dards.

Kis­ner, who made three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn, wound up three-putting from above the hole on the fringe and shot 68.

They were at 11-un­der 205, three shots clear of any­one else, both in po­si­tion to win the first Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional since the Septem­ber death of the iconic tour­na­ment host. phoenix» Anna Nordqvist shot a tour­na­men­trecord 11-un­der 61 to take a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn into the fi­nal round of the Founders Cup.

Lewis and Ju­tanu­garn each shot 66 play­ing to­gether for the third straight day.

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