MARC Leishman has moved one spot closer to the leaders at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his third round of 71 having him in a tie for third position and three from the joint leaders. Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner are tied at 11-under as the event heads into tomorrow’s final round at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando Florida.
Leishman sits at 8-under alongside England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton, a bogey at the last after being forced to lay up with his second shot from the right rough a perhaps disappointing finish to yet another solid round.
It was the Victorian’s second dropped shot of the day after also making bogey at the first bit birdies at the 6th, 16th and 17th have him well in contention heading to Sunday.
"Happy with my position," Leishman said after signing his card.
"Drove the ball well again today. My irons weren't quite where I would have liked, didn't give myself enough close birdie opportunities.
"But yeah, obviously disappointing to finish off with a bogey on the last, but after that tee shot, probably deserved at least a bogey."
Greg Chalmers is another Australian in the mix and, although five shots from the leaders and in a share of eighth position, he is not without hope of contending over the final stages tomorrow.
Chalmers shares the same score as, amongst others, Rory McIlroy who made a big move with a ‘best round of the day’ 65.
The four time major winner started the day in 46th position but climbed 38 places to be on the edge of contention.
McIlroy pointed to better scoring conditions nd a co-operative putter for his resurgence.
"The putter - I gave myself plenty of chances," he said. "It was hard, I felt the last couple of days the conditions were tough and the guys that are up near the top of the leaderboard must have played really well.
"I'm really impressed with their playing. But today with it being a little warmer, a little less breeze, a good score was out there.
"But you need to hit the golf shots and I was able to do that today and as you said, then to convert some of them was nice to see."
Cameron Smith continued his recovery from his opening round of 74 with a second consecutive 69 to be in a share of 15th position while Aaron Baddeley is 24th.
Defending champion, Jason Day, fell to 39th after a third round of 75 which included four dropped shots in three holes during his closing nine today.
Ryan Ruffels continued to slip down the leaderboard after his opening round of 66 to be in 61st position after his round of 76 today.