Golf Roundup: Garrigus is one round away from winning Valspar Championship

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Robert Garrigus missed two short putts on the back nine and had to settle for a 1-under 70 and a one-shot lead Saturday in the Valspar Championship.

Garrigus, who needs a win to get into the Masters next month, opened with back-to-back birdies on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook and stretched his lead to four shots with a nifty flop shot off the pine straw to set up a birdie on the par-5 fifth.

He still had a four-shot lead when he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 12th hole, and his lead was down to a single shot when Garrigus missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole. Kevin Na chipped in for birdie on the 15th and shot a 68.

Garrigus was at 8-under 205.

John Senden matched the low score of the tournament with a 64 in perfect, sunny weather. He moved up 32 spots to third, and goes into the final round only two shots behind. Justin Rose hit a wild tee shot on the 18th and made bogey, though his 69 left the No. 7 player in the world in reasonable shape. He was three behind.

Former Kent State star Ben Curtis shot an even-par on Saturday and sits at 2-over through three rounds.

TOSHIBA CLASSIC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Bernhard Langer maintained a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, making four birdies in a late five-hole stretch for a 5-under 66.

Langer, the 2008 winner, had a 13-under 129 total at Newport Beach Country Club. The 56-year-old German won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his 19th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Kenny Perry and Chien Soon Lu were tied for second. Perry made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 65, and Lu shot 66. Fred Couples, Scott Dunlap, Esteban Toledo and Jeff Hart were 10-under.

TROPHY HASSAN II

AGADIR, Morocco -- Spain's Alejandro Canizares extended his lead to six strokes in the third round of the European Tour's Trophy Hassan II at Palais Royal.

Canizares had a 3-under 69 to reach 17-under 199. England's Seve Benson was second after a 74.

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