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Garrigus holds slim lead with Rose, Furyk chasing

Final Round Update –PGA Tour – Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort Cooperhead Course – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Robert Garrigus slept on the 54-hole lead at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Garrigus (8-under) holds a slim one-shot lead over Kevin Na, looking for second career PGA Tour title (he won in 2010 in Las Vegas). Australia’s John Senden, who fired a 64 Saturday, is just two back and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is lurking at 5-under.

Veteran Jim Furyk (4-under overall) is making a move Sunday morning at Innisbrook Resort’s Cooperhead Course. He is now T-5 early in final round action.

Garrigus, 36, was a 100-to-1 long shot, according to Ladbrokes.com, to begin the week. He tees off with Na at 1:45 p.m. local time. Garrigus last won in 2010 at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. He has one victory and six runner-up finishes in his career.

Na is among the leaders this week in Fairways In Regulation and entered the tournament as a 66-1 selection to win it. Retief Goosen, Luke Donald and Mattao Manassero were all in the Top 10 heading into the final round with an outside shot to win with a low round.

Rose, a Top 10 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the favorite among the leaders with 18 holes to play. He finished 8th in the FedEx Cup Standings a year ago and third in the Race To Dubai Standings. Rose, a 20-1 pick this week, was third on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average a season ago.

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  • Bernhard Langer (13-under) leads Kenny Perry and Chien Soon Lu by two shots with 18 holes to play at the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour. Fred Couples is in fourth place at 10-under.