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Watney leads past champions at Wyndham Championship

Third Round– PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship –Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, North Carolina–

Nick Watney emerged as the 54-hole leader at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship at 14-under overall.

The multi-time PGA Tour winner shot 65 at Sedgefield Country Club Saturday in round three in Greensboro to secure the lead. His one-shot advantage provides an opportunity for him to win this week and create some momentum for the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Watney, a 33-to-1 betting pick to start the week at www.ladbrokes.com, leads a host of accomplished players heading into the final round including 2007 Wyndham champion Brandt Snedeker and 2012 champion Webb Simpson. Both are three back at 11-under.

Canada’s Brad Fritsch is alone in second at 13-under. Fritsch was a 125-1 long shot to win this tournament.

Also in the mix with 18 holes to play is second-round co-leader Heath Slocum and Freddie Jacobson. Both are 12-under and T-3.

Look for Watney, who is 75th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is be the focal point Sunday in the final pairing. Snedeker and Simpson have a chance to apply pressure along with former FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas (T-8) on the front nine before Watney tees off.

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