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  • Garrigus settles for one-shot lead at Valspar

  • 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.
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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.
    The final group was put on the clock on the back nine, and Na received a bad time on the 13th tee. Na was so deliberate that the final group at times was two holes behind along the back nine, though they finished in just under four hours.
    Toshiba Classic
    At 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.
    Trophy Hassan II
    At 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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