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July 7 2012

10:00 PM

Simpson takes lead to final round

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- A year ago at The Greenbrier Classic, Webb Simpson needed to shoot even par on the back nine of the final round to reach a playoff.

He didn’t,  however, and went on to tie for ninth.

This time, he’ll try playing from in front.

Simpson shot a 65 Saturday to get to 14 under and a two-shot lead heading into the final round at The Old White TPC.

Troy Kelly is in second, while three others, including J.B. Holmes, are another stroke back.

Simpson was the story Saturday, though, and has been ever since last year’s tournament. He has more top 10s than anyone on the PGA TOUR with a dozen over that span. Three of those were wins.

Now he’s in position for a fourth after birdieing four of his final six holes in the third round.

Simpson has gone 48 straight holes without a bogey here. His last came on his sixth hole (No. 15) of the opening round.

He’s sixth in the field in fairways hit, fifth in greens and 10th in total putts.

Simpson has plenty of company behind him, though. Twenty players are within six shots of his lead.

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