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Simpson seven clear at Sawgrass

Simpson seven clear at Sawgrass

Jason Dufner (66), Jimmy Walker (70), reigning Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele (71), Australia's Jason Day (71) and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa are tied for fourth another stroke back at 207.

"It's rare as a golfer that everything's working well". He will stride onto Dye's trouble-laden course Sunday with a seven-shot lead over Danny Lee.

His 19-under total matches the tournament's 54-hole scoring record set by Norman when he won here in 1994. The Great White Shark went on to post 24 under in his victory that year, a number that is certainly within reach for Simpson with the way he's been playing this week.

"If you were to ask me, could somebody get to 19-under, I would have said that would be really tough, and the conditions have to be just right, " Simpson said. "Today was a little more survival feeling". Yesterday was a bunch of birdies.

Simpson, who had four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his 68, said, I feel like I'm playing good, solid golf, but I've holed out a few times from off the green and made some long putts, Simpson said.

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His lapse on the 14th green was a surprise, and he missed great chances to fix the damage at 15 and 16 before staging an excellent response to finding the water at 17 in his second round, this time clipping a precise tee shot which caught the slope and rolled to tap-in range.

Fleetwood also birdied 16, 17 and 18 to card a 68, while last year's runner-up Poulter was raging after making a double-bogey at the last to slip out of the share of second he held after a birdie at the penultimate hole. They still were 11 shots behind. "We were like, 'Man, I hope he shoots 59.' And at the same time, we're saying if he shoots 59, can you imagine how hard the setup is going to be tomorrow?" I'm trying to just look forward, do what I always do on a Saturday night of a golf tournament and get ready tomorrow morning.

While they have likely left their runs too late, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth produced the best rounds of the day with seven-under 65s.

Woods sent a buzz throughout TPC Sawgrass by birdieing six of his first nine holes for a front-nine 30, and then added two more birdies at 11 and 12. The 65 was his lowest career score in 66 going around TPC Sawgrass. He had no birdies in last six holes to finish at 65.

"You never know when a week like this will come, but looking back I've been healthy, I've been working on different aspects of my game maybe more than I normally do", he said.

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Mcilroy again responded with a birdie following a nice approach to eight feet at 14, and hauled himself back to the projected cut line with another gain at 16, but his tee shot to 17 pitched on the front bank next to the bunker and rolled back into the water.

It was the first of successive double bogeys for the 2015 champion, who finished on one over par. "10 to 15 feet today, and anywhere inside, which was probably the first time this year that's been the case", Spieth said, per Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

"I was in between clubs", he said.

Someone - whether it's Woods or Spieth or someone else - will have to get rolling early and put some pressure on Simpson, a four-time victor on Tour, at golf's "fifth major".

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