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Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland sit one-shot behind Kurt Kitayama heading into the ultimate spherical on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, with the defending champion Scheffler seeking to declare the No 1 spot on the planet rankings with a win.

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Highlights from the third spherical of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the Bay Hill Membership.

Highlights from the third spherical of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the Bay Hill Membership.

Tyrrell Hatton and Rory McIlroy are in competition on the Arnold Palmer Invitational as Kurt Kitayama shot an even-par 72 to take a one-shot lead into Sunday.

Hatton, who was victorious on the occasion in 2020, sits two photographs behind Kitayama in fourth after taking pictures a bogey-free six-under 66 on Saturday.

McIlroy, too, escaped bogey-less as he completed four-under on the spherical to tie for fifth alongside Harris English, leaving him three photographs again.

“I believe any time you may go bogey-free on the weekend at Bay Hill you are doing one thing proper,” McIlroy stated. “I received myself proper into the match, into the thick of issues for tomorrow.”

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Kurt Kitayama mirrored on being high of the leaderboard on the finish of day three on the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he seems to be to get into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour.

Kurt Kitayama mirrored on being high of the leaderboard on the finish of day three on the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he seems to be to get into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour.

Kitayama steadied himself down the stretch as he closed with two birdies over the past three holes to depart with an even-par 72 and a one-shot benefit, the 30-year-old preserving himself pursuing a primary PGA Tour victory.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler in the meantime had 5 birdies over his final seven holes to complete with a 68 and one shot behind together with Viktor Hovland of Norway (66), the latter of whom was runner-up final 12 months.

McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Max Homa all have been inside vary of Kitayama if he have been to lose floor or if Bay Hill was baked and brittle because it sometimes is for the ultimate spherical.

For now, Kitayama held his personal.

“Simply happy with the way in which I fought,” he stated.

His two-shot lead was gone when he despatched his drive properly to the correct and out-of-bounds on the par-5 fourth gap, and he went out in 39 as Hovland planted himself on the high and McIlroy made his transfer with a exceptional bogey-free spherical of 68.

However respiration down his neck is Scheffler, who has already efficiently defended one title this 12 months on the WM Phoenix Open.

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A take a look at Tyrell Hatton’s finest photographs on day three of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

A take a look at Tyrell Hatton’s finest photographs on day three of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He took care of each par 5s on the again 9, hit a lob wedge at a scary pin on the thirteenth for birdie, and saved his finest for the par-3 seventeenth. Even with the wind at his again, his solely hope was to hit one thing that stayed on the brick-hard inexperienced. The primary thought was a smooth 9-iron. He felt the wind swap and determined to hammer 9-iron, and it settled 4 toes for birdie.

Scheffler capped off his birdie-birdie-birdie end with an method to 6 toes on the 18th.

Now the Masters champion is in vary of one other title that could possibly be sufficient to take him again to No. 1 on the planet.

“Needs to be one other enjoyable one,” he stated. “That is what’s thrilling about our new schedule. I believe we will have much more of these things. I am positive Viktor’s seeking to beat me this 12 months and I am seeking to do the identical. There’s loads of gifted guys on the leaderboard, although. I am not going to be too centered on anyone else apart from myself going into tomorrow.”

Jon Rahm finds himself at risk of dropping high spot within the rankings, opening with a 65 earlier than following with two straight 76s after making 5 straight bogeys across the flip within the third spherical.

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