Posted January 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Steve Stricker finished the third round at Kapalua the same way he started: with a five-shot lead. Only it wasn't that easy. Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a big lead going into the final round at the Tournament of Champions. He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Jonathan Byrd (67), Martin Laird (67) and Webb Simpson, who also had a 69 while playing in the final group with Stricker. Simpson and Byrd each had a putt on the back nine to tie for the lead. Through three rounds, Stricker now is 13-under par on the five closing holes at the Plantation Course.
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