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May 15 2011

4:28 PM

Stricker finds water, shoots 71

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — As if watching a series of putts skirt the lip of the cup and stay out wasn't bad enough, Steve Stricker had to deal with a three-putt at the 17th and an oops in his swing at the 18th. Two closing bogeys -- and bogeys at three of the last five holes. A 71. And a share of fourth going into Sunday's final 18 holes. Stricker is tied at 207 with Jason Dufner, Davis Love III, Aaron Baddeley, Luke Donald and Nick Watney -- all of them three shots behind third-round leader Graeme McDowell. "My goal today is to try to stay even keel,'' Stricker said. "Try not to shoot myself in the foot and be there with a chance going into the final nine holes.'' And the 18th. Stricker found the water on his approach -- "It wasn't a good transition in my swing,'' he said -- and he scrambled from there, making a 14-footer for bogey.
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