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Weir regains lead over Villegas in Boston

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Canadian Mike Weir birdied the final hole to snatch a one-shot lead after the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday.

A stroke off the pace overnight, the left-hander fired a four-under-par 67 to overhaul Colombian Camilo Villegas with a 17-under tally of 196 at the TPC Boston.

Weir had forged one ahead with two holes to play in bright sunshine but bogeyed the 17th after missing the green to the left with his approach.

Although he pulled his tee shot into the left rough at the par-five last, he laid up in two before hitting a wedge to five feet and calmly rolling in the birdie putt.

Villegas, in pursuit of his maiden PGA Tour title, matched the best round of the day with a sparkling 63 to rocket up the leaderboard into second place.

The 23-year-old defied swirling winds and hard, fast-running greens with a run of three birdies in the last five holes to briefly hold the outright lead before Weir’s late flourish.

“What a great day!” a beaming Villegas told reporters after a bogey-free round. “Eight under on a day where the greens got a little firmer and the wind was blowing.

“It was a little tricky, the wind. It was pretty much sideways on every hole and it was hard knowing whether it was helping a little bit or hurting a little bit.

“When you misjudge the wind in those situations, it’s going to be a six or a seven-yard difference. I’m happy with the way I handled myself out there today.

“Hopefully I’ll have a great round tomorrow and we make it a very special week.”

Overnight leader Tim Clark, also hunting his first PGA Tour victory, forged two strokes clear early in the round before fading with six bogeys in nine holes from the eighth.

South African Clark partially recovered with birdies on the last two holes for a 73 and a tie for eighth at 12 under.

FedExCup points leader Vijay Singh of Fiji birdied the last for a 69 to share third spot at 14 under with Spaniard Sergio Garcia (68).

South African Ernie Els (69) was a further stroke back in a tie with Americans Jim Furyk (69) and Ben Crane (63).

(Editing by Miles Evans)