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McDowell has the edge


Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has the chance to show his Ryder Cup partner Rory McIlroy how to handle a last-round lead after moving one ahead in the Players Championship at Sawgrass this morning.

But McDowell was not in the position he might have been as the tournament made up for the time lost to Saturday's thunderstorm.

A month after McIlroy went from four ahead to 10 behind with a closing 80 at The Masters, his fellow Northern Irishman was three clear after birdies at the 16th and 17th but McDowell then saw his approach to the last kick off the bank of a bunker and roll all across the green into the lake. He double-bogeyed for "only" a third round 68 and 12 under par total with 18 holes to play later in the day.

American David Toms and Korean KJ Choi were 11 under, then came a two-stroke gap to a six-strong group which included England's Luke Donald after he went in the water on the short 17th and bogeyed the last as well.

"I think I was a bit unlucky at the last," said McDowell. "When it landed I thought 'perfect', but then it started going down the slope and I thought 'trouble'.

"I guess it's a tough break, but I played great and I just want to have a chance coming down the stretch. That would be a lot of fun."'

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