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Poutler, Ko hold 54-hole leads

Final Round – PGA Tour – Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach – Trump International

Poulter leads in Puerto Rico

Poulter leads in Puerto Rico

Golf Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico —

Ian Poulter tees off in the final round of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open with the 54-hole lead.

The Englishman reached 11-under overall with a third-round 66 featuring five birdies against a lone bogey. He leads a trio of players by a stroke and pays with long-hitter Tony Finau teeing it up at 12:40 p.m. local time in the final pairing.

Also at 10-under and T-2 is Steve Marino and former PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd, who has been a fixture on the Web.com Tour this year. Byrd has had plenty of success in Puerto Rico and could be the player to beat Sunday.

PGA TOURAt 9-under and just two back is Aaron Baddeley, Scott Brown and Rafael Campos, who opened Thursday with a 64. There are nearly two dozen players within four of the lead on a course that is yielding low scores.

Gregory Bourdy, who posted 77 Saturday, shot 7-under-65 early Sunday and Tim Herron is 5-under through 11 holes on the course along with Jerry Kelly (5-under through 16 holes).

For Poulter, he failed to quality for the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play event in Austin and settled for Puerto Rico. Poulter has 12 career European Tour titles and sits 67th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

His last victory anywhere in the world was the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2012.

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