Sunday, 23 October 2011
Luke Donald   (Getty Images)
Luke Donald (Getty Images)
Luke Donald and Webb Simpson remain joined in battle for the US PGA Tour money title after another close-run duel at the third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Florida.

The two were locked together on seven under par at the midway point of the tournament on Friday but it was Simpson who made the gains on day three, shooting a 69 to sit at ten under par overall.

World Number One Donald shot a 70 to sit one stoke behind his American rival, although still five strokes off the lead shared by Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell.

Englishman Donald has to finish no worse than second to have a chance of wresting the money title from Webb, who is $229,000 in front after his runner-up finish in Georgia last weekend.

The two money rivals have been paired together over the first three days and will again be playing alongside each other tomorrow, and Simpson is enjoying the battle.

"It's been good," said Simpson.

"We're both trying to play our best and see if we can win the golf tournament.

"There's been a little added pressure but I think we've both handled it okay."

Simpson endured a slow start to his opening round, reaching the turn at one over, but he rallied over the back nine with four birdies.

"It was good to finish with four under on the back," Simpson added.

"I knew we were playing well. We just made a couple of mistakes we hadn't made really this week at all, and it cost me a couple of shots.

"But other than that, it was a pretty good day."

Of the leaders, Leonard stayed out in front after a 70, while Chappell moved up the order after a 66. The leaders are a stroke clear of Bio Kim and two ahead of Nick O'Hern and Henrik Stenson.

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